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Malmo Arab Film Festival 2020 for Young Filmmakers

Malmo Arab Film Festival 2020 for Young Filmmakers

Country: Sweden
City: Malmo
Oct 08 - Oct 13, 2020
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Applications call for Malmo Arab Film Festival 2020 for Young Filmmakers

Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF)

In the year 2011, the general manager and artistic director Mouhamad Keblawi found the Malmo Film Festival. Evolving from a grassroots movement the festival was initiated through a need, in Malmö and Sweden, for a space that would share and explore the Arab culture. Moreover, MAFF is an intercultural meeting place, a place for discourse and bridge-building between people and cultures.

Program Details

Moreover, MAFF works as an intercultural platform for diversity and tolerance. As one of the largest film festivals with the focus on Arab cinema, outside of the Arab world, MAFF offers a meeting ground for the Nordic and Arab film industries. Furthermore, MAFF has an annual structure with events and festivals all over Sweden with special projects and programs.

Around 75 features, short films and documentaries from all over the world will get scree at the festival. There are also competition sections, panoramas, retrospectives, special screenings, workshops, seminars, and celebrations. Parallel to the festival is the MAFF Market Forum, MMF. The MMF is an industry forum for collaboration between the Nordic and Arab industries.

Rules and Regulations 

  • The festival takes place on October 8-13, 2020, and the selected films will be mainly shown in Malmo as well as in other cities in the region in parallel with the festival days (maximum 4 screenings).
  • The submission deadline is the 31st of May 2020.
  • If the film is longer then 70 minutes then the candidate will have to submit it as a feature film. Similarly, candidates must submit a film as a short film if the film is less than 70 minutes.
  • The festival’s judging committee will select the films that may participate in the festival.
  • Applicants for participation in the festival have no guarantee that the film will be shown during the festival.
  • There is no fee for applying neither the festival will pay any compensation to showcase the film.
  • MAFF only accepts online watching links, any download link will be invalid.
  • Notification of approved films sent to participants 2 months before the festival’s start date.
  • Withdraw of selected films to participate in the festival is not possible.
  • Submitted films should be produced in 2019-2020. No contributions that have been produced before the year 2019 will be accepted.
  • Submitted films will not be accepted if they have been screened in Sweden before.
  • Furthermore, Malmo Arab Film Festival has the right to manage the use of film clips and photographs from submitted films selected for the festival for all its image or print ads in all pages on the Internet utmost to promote the festival.


Short Film Competition

  • Best Short Documentary Film – Prize value 10000 SEK (±1000 USD)
  • Best Short Film – Prize value 10000 SEK (±1000 USD)

Feature Film Competition

  • Best Feature Documentary Film – Prize value 15000 SEK (±1500 USD)
  • Best Feature Film – Prize value 20000 SEK (±2000 USD)

Candidates can submit film here


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Event Date08 October,2020 to 13 October,2020
Deadline31 May,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerMalmo Arab Film Festival
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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