ABU DHABI 18 June 2017: Two filmmakers from Image Nation Abu Dhabi are representing the UAE in this year’s Global Media Makers programme, an innovative cultural exchange programme that fosters supportive ongoing relationships between leading US and international filmmaking talent.
The UAE’s Alwiya Al Thani and Rami Yasin will join 14 other filmmakers from around the world as they participate in the six-week residency programme based in LA. Al Thani is an Emirati director and Image Nation Abu Dhabi production manager, while Yasin has produced on a number of Image Nation feature films, including The Worthy and Zinzana, said Wam.
Now in its second year, Global Media Makers fosters and strengthens creative collaboration among leading US entertainment professionals and international filmmaking talent in a bid to bridge cultures and connect storytellers.
As part of the programme, Alwiya and Rami will attend specially tailored mentorships, workshops and master classes, as well as participate in intensive filmmaking labs, from screenwriting to creative producing, in order to advance projects they are developing with a team of leading American mentors and gain first-hand experience of the global film industry.
Commenting on her selection to this year’s Global Media Makers initiative, Al Thani said, “I’m of course honoured to be part of this unique opportunity. Global Media Makers is one more step forward in my development, and this time with an international focus. The experience and the mentoring I receive can only help me grow, and hopefully inspire other Emirati filmmakers or those interested in working in the industry to join it.”
The programme will also extend beyond the physical education, business training and professional networking opportunities provided in LA as the Global Media Makers mentors and staff will also have the opportunity to visit the filmmakers in their home countries.
By Sheena Amos