Dubai Film Festival to recognise aspiring UAE film journalists

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has invited applications for its annual Young Journalist Award, which offers access to the festival and mentorship for writers wishing to break into entertainment journalism.

The festival’s 11th edition will be on 10-17 December.

Participants will be selected from UAE media colleges based on the strength of their written portfolio. Once shortlisted, they will work at the DIFF, conveying news of announcements, deals and celebrity appearance.

The best report each day will be published in Gulf News’ tabloid!. The winner of the programme will then be chosen during the festival, following which he or she will be offered an internship at tabloid!

“Getting experience in the field is essential for any aspiring journalist and DIFF’s Young Journalist Award 2014 will be a unique opportunity to do so,” says Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Director of Publications and Editor in Chief of Gulf News. 

“The Young Journalist Award originated as part of our desire to reach out to the amazing community that has supported us for eleven years, and to develop a talented pool of film journalists to keep up with the rapid development of the film industry in the Arab world,” says DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma. “It is a rare, real-life training opportunity that offers more hands-on experience and real-time lessons in one week than many media students will receive in a year.” 

Interested applicants must be UAE nationals or residents of the UAE, a student enrolled in media, communications or journalism programme in a higher education institution and available to participate in the Dubai International Film Festival’s Young Journalist Award.

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