Tropfest Arabia

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Tropfest Arabia
تروب فست أرابيا
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Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Tropfest Arabia (Arabic : تروب فست أرابيا) is an extension of Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival. [1] Tropfest began in 1993 as a screening for 200 people in a cafe in Sydney but has since become the largest platform for short films in the world.

Tropfest Arabia was first held in November 2011 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. [2]

Tropfest Arabia covers the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and is open to Nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The event is supported by twofour54 Abu Dhabi whose aim is to establish a sustainable Arabic media and entertainment content creation industry in the Middle East.

The second annual Tropfest Arabia film festival took place in Abu Dhabi in October 2012. A regional Tropfest Arabia workshop tour on short filmmaking kicked off in May 2012, with sessions hosted in Egypt, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Iraq. [3]

The third Tropfest Arabia film festival took place in Abu Dhabi's Cornishe on November 8. A regional Tropfest Arabia workshop tour on short filmmaking kicked off in May 2012, with sessions hosted in Egypt, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Iraq. [4]

Tropfest Arabia 2011

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Tropfest Arabia 2011 Festival Night

Over 12,000 film fans from across the region attended Tropfest Arabia on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche for the inaugural TROPFEST Arabia 2011 on November 4, 2011. [5] The festival was hosted by Raya Abirached and Qusai Kheder from Arabs' Got Talent, with performances from the cast members of Star Academy Arab World season eight.

Egyptian comedian and drama actor Ahmed Helmy acted as co-director alongside Tropfest founder and director John Polson. The jury panel included UAE filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja, Saudi filmmaker and actress Ahd, Saudi director Mamdouh Salem, Lebanese director Amin Dora, Egyptian producer and scriptwriter Mohammed Hefzy, Jordanian actor Eyad Nasser and TROPFEST Australia 2011 winner Damon Gameau.

Tropfest Arabia 2012

Film enthusiasts from across the region attended the second edition of TROPFEST Arabia, which was held on Abu Dhabi's Corniche on October 26, 2012. [6] The event was presented by festival hosts, Raya Abirached and Qusai Kheder from the hit show Arabs’ Got Talent. Lebanese pop star Carole Samaha, performed some of her hit songs.

Tunisian actress Hend Sabry acted as co-director alongside TROPFEST founder, John Polson. The jury consisted of a panel of renowned Arab filmmakers including Emirati animator and Chairman of Lammtara, Mohammed Saeed Harib; Kuwaiti film producer and director, Amer Al Zuhair; Jordanian actress and producer, Saba Mubarak; Syrian actress and filmmaker, Kinda Alloush; Egyptian writer and director, Amr Salama and Lebanese musician and composer Khaled Mouzanar.

Tropfest Arabia 2013

The third annual Tropfest Arabia film festival took place in Abu Dhabi's Cornishe on November 8. The event was presented by festival host, Raya Abirached. Lebanese pop star Ramy Ayach, performed some of his hit songs. The jury consisted of a panel of Arab filmmakers including Emirati director Ali Mustafa; Kuwaiti actor, Khaled Amin; Syrian actor, Bassel Khayat; Tunisian actress , Dorra Zarrouk; and Jordanian producer Rula Nasser.

Signature item

Each year, Tropfest Arabia requires that entries include a particular "Tropfest Signature Item" (TSI) or action to ensure that they are unique and are made specifically for the festival.





Entry criteria

Filmmakers are required to create new works for the festival which must include an item, known as the "Tropfest Signature Item" (TSI) which changes each year. The TSI was "Star" in 2011 , "2" for Tropfest Arabia 2012 and "Time" for Tropfest Arabia 2013. The films must be less than 7 minutes (including titles and credits) and are premiered at the Tropfest Arabia event.

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  2. "thousands flock to Abu Dhabi's Corniche for first ever Tropfest Arabia" (Press release). twofour54 Abu Dhabi. 2011-11-05.
  3. "TROPFEST Arabia hunts for local talent" (Press release). Variety Arabia. 2012-05-02.
  4. "TROPFEST Arabia hunts for local talent" (Press release). Media Me. 2013-05-14.
  5. "Iraqi filmmaker named best of 12 hopefuls in short film contest in Abu Dhabi" (Press release). Gulf News. 2011-11-08.
  6. "Star-studded end to Tropfest Arabia" (Press release). Gulf News. 2012-10-27.