UAE-born movie maker launches crowdfunding campaign for Oscars bid
$30,000 needed to support 'A World Not Ours'
Mahdi Fleifel, a UAE-born filmmaker of Palestinian origin, has started a campaign to raise $30,000 to support his documentary A World Not Ours, in order to screen the movie in Los Angeles and meet the required criteria to give it a chance for an Oscar nomination.
Fleifel's critically acclaimed documentary film, A World Not Ours, features a storyline that explores three generations of an exiled family staying in a refugee camp in Lebanon. The documentary proved popular at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival where it scooped three awards.
As well as hopes to screen the film in Los Angeles, the raised money from the campaign launched via Aflamnah.com, will help towards mandatory advertising in a major newspaper, and will also be used for a campaign launch to put the film forward for consideration for the Oscars in 2015.
Incentives such as thank you acknowledgements in the credits, as well as script evaluations for hopeful filmmakers, will be offered to people who contribute to the fund.
Aflamnah.com will run the campaign until March 2014 with a potential extension if the amount is not met.
Fleifel revealed he was inspired to start the campaign following the success of Omar, a Palestinan film which is nominated in the 'Best Foreign Language Film 'category in the upcoming Oscars.
"We never gave the prospect any thought until people started telling us we had a good chance, given the film's success, and that we should give it a shot. We were also encouraged by the Arab film nominations in this year's Oscars race. Ask any filmmaker what they wish or look forward to the most, and they'll likely say screening their film in front of a big audience, so for us the Oscars ultimately mean winning more viewers," revealed Mahdi Fleifel.