Voices Film Festival is non-profit cultural event wholly owned and organized by Naqsh Films.
It is an attempt by Naqsh films to bring into spot light films about the differently abled persons and thereby giving an opportunity to the viewers to hear their voices, and have a deep look at life from their perspective.
The objective of Voices 2015 apart from honoring the film-makers, is to screen films, that would expose the viewers to the challenges faced by the differently abled people in their day to day life and how one needs to understand, help, support and respect them.
There is also a competition aspect to Voices 2015, and criteria for the first edition of the competition is “films about the hearing impaired”.
Official Competitions Programme:
Open to short films or documentaries by Bahraini filmmakers or filmmakers of other nationalities. It should have a theme focusing on deaf.
The First Award for the best film: goes to the best short film or documentary about deaf. (BD 1000)
The Second Award for the best film: goes to the second best short film or documentary about deaf. (BD 500)
ELIGIBILITY FOR SELECTION:
All entry films (documentary and short formats) must meet all of the following eligibility conditions:
The subject and story line of the film should be centered on the deaf OR about the differently abled persons.
The film must have been produced after January 1, 2013.
The duration of the short film must be less than 15 minutes.
The film must not have been broadcasted and/or made available on television, the internet, mobile phones and/or any other public viewing platform now known or thereafter devised before and until the end of the festival.
All non-English films must have English subtitles.
The submitted work must NOT be a television programme or an episode of a series.
Films that have been submitted and rejected to earlier editions of NSFF will not be considered.
In the event that a film is not selected by Voices for the Official Competitions, Voices reserve the right to select the said film for screening only.
In the event that a film is not selected by Voices for the Official Competitions, Voices and the Bahraini Deaf Community reserves the right to select said film for any suitable purpose.