The burgeoning film-making scene in Dubai has an exciting new opportunity for residents in the way of 'The Reel Dubai,' a new short film competition in collaboration with the #MyDubai initiative, as it celebrates its first anniversary. Keen filmmakers ready to capture their unique perspectives and visions of Dubai, stand a chance at having their short film seen by a global audience and the winner will have the honour of attending the Cannes Film Festival. 

The Dubai Film Festival (DIFF) and Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) have teamed up with Samsung, following the success of the 'Samsung SHRT FLM CNTST.' This time the focus is to build on the wildly successful #MyDubai initiative, created by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Issam Kazim, CEO of DCTCM, said: "Through the #MyDubai initiative we have already seen the inspiring creativity, energy and passion for Dubai that exists among its residents, and The Reel Dubai is a further opportunity to showcase these in front of a global audience... I have no doubt that these will reveal the many talents of not just the filmmakers but also those of Dubai as a whole."

The competition will see the six short list filmmakers have a chance to work with the acclaimed UAE filmmakers Ali F. Mostafa, Nayla Al Khaja and Mohammed Saeed Harib (pictured below). They will receive a Samsung Note 4 as well as $5,000 to fund the making of their film and have their work showcased at a dedicated public screening in April. The winner of the competition will receive a trip to the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May, and have a chance to see their film screened at The Short Film Corner. The second and third place runners-up of the competition will be awarded a Samsung device.

MyDubai and DIFF announce 'The Reel Dubai' film competition

These are high stakes indeed for aspiring filmmakers. Submissions are now open via the DIFF website and will close on February 28. If the still images we have seen flooding in since the #MyDubai initiative took off, one year ago, are anything to go by, we are excited to see the creative entrants to this competition. Expect to see lots of cameras rolling in and around town this month...