Films made by participants in Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s flagship training programme Arab Film Studio have now screened over 200 times at film festivals around the world.
The 200th screening is Ranapakhara by Swapna Kurup and will show at the Mosaic World Film Festival in Rockford, Illinois later this week. Kurup is a graduate of the Young Filmmakers programme which is part of a series of Arab Film Studio programmes offered annually by Image Nation.
Run in partnership with NYUAD, the programme is offered annually. "Arab Film Studio was an incredible experience and through the training, mentoring and practical experience I was really able to hone my skills as a filmmaker. On top of this, the programme offers a really supportive platform for the ongoing success of our films. Ranapakhara becoming the 200th AFS film to be selected for a festival is an honour and a really exciting milestone," said Kurup.
Past participants have gone on to have full-time positions at Image Nation, working on Hollywood blockbusters including He Named Me Malala and War Machine as well as having their AFS films showcased at Academy Award-qualifying film festivals.