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The application window for the 2019 BBC Arabic Festival is now closed.

Directors of successfully shortlisted films will be notified by email.

The application window for the 2020 Festival will open in 2019.


BBC Arabic Festival is committed to bringing bold voices, telling unique and original stories to a London audience. The official selection, based entirely on public submissions, attracts beginning talent along with established filmmakers, reflecting the current cinematic and journalist interest in the region. The Festival’s live element is enhanced by post-screening discussions and audience Q&A’s with the directors themselves, alongside BBC journalists and experts in the field. Selected films from the programme are also aired on BBC Arabic TV to its international, Arabic speaking audience of 49 million people.


BBC Arabic Festival held its first edition in 2014. The Festival is keen to build on its strength in seeking original works by beginning talent and screening films by established directors delivering unique stories from across the Arab world. The BBC Arabic Festival’s commitment to endorse the training of one winning recipient per year continues. The Festival attracts a growing live audience at its based in the New Broadcasting House in central London, meanwhile extending this audience to its 49 million people strong TV audience.