What is WOW Middle East?
WORLD OF WOMEN’S CINEMA:
Presented by Straight Street Media, UAE
The World of Women’s Cinema - WOW Film Fair Middle East is the first women’s short film fair that promotes and awards the talents of women directors, producers, writers, editors and cinematographers in the film industry internationally. It is an event that offers emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to screen short works giving a thematic perspective of ... “seeing the world through the eyes of women”. Created by Women in Film and Television NSW, this is the first of its kind event in the Arab world. Committed to improving the status of women, both on and off the screen, the event aims to support and advance women working in film, TV and other related screen industries.
WOW is a unique showcase of films by women or about women, allowing for a different storytelling and giving another perspective of the world through women's eyes. Aiming to be a festival of discovery, celebration, debate, networking and an inspiration for new work – the event is a non profit project presented by Straight Street Media, a Dubai based company committed to improving the status of women, both on and off the screen, by supporting and advancing women working in the film, television and related screen industries.
The 6th WOW (World of Women) Film Fair 2019 is now calling for entries for women who are high achievers across various fields.
If you know of a special woman who you believe should be recognised for her exceptional work towards advancing women in the Arab world or in film, please send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with their full name, age, nationality and reason why they deserve to win. Entries are welcomed from any sector of society. Nominations are open until Feb 10th, 2020.
Humanitarian of the Year
Business Leader of the Year
Personality of the Year
Sports leader of the Year
Rising talent Leader of the Year (2 Filmmaking Awards)
2019 Open call for film submissions
DEADLINE: December 1st, 2019
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS:
COMPLETION DATE: Films of any completion date are eligible for submission. WOW Film Fair does not have any premiere requirements. However, the festival does take previous screenings and broadcasts into consideration when making its official selections, particularly when films have already screened in the GCC.
LANGUAGE: DVD preview screeners and exhibition prints must either be in English or have English subtitles.
EXHIBITION FORMATS: You must have one of the following formats available by December 1st, 2019, if accepted, for screening at the festival.
HIGH DEFINITION - 35mm, Blu-Ray, or Quicktime (.mov) file.
STANDARD DEFINITION - DVD or Quicktime (.mov) file.
FilmFreeway digital file Mp4
FESTIVAL NOTIFICATION: All notifications will be sent by FF email system or via phone to the contact listed on the entry form by Jan 14th, 2020. You are responsible for updating WOW Film Fair directly regarding any change to your contact information and ensuring that emails from email@example.com are not blocked by spam filters. No screening fees will be paid to any film makers featured in the festival. It is your responsibility to ensure that download access is available on FF.
WINNERS: All shortlisted films will be notified via the FF system, however only the semi-finalists and winners will be played during the festival. Winners must collect their awards and prizes within one month after the festival. Failure to do so will result in the award or prize being donated to charity.
SUBMISSION FORMAT: WOW Film Fair requires ONE (1) DVD or digital file for review. Include the film title, running time, and format on your disc. Quicktime (.mov) files are also acceptable for entry on a USB device or data disc (DVD, CD, or Blu-Ray). Submission materials will NOT be returned.
Response from festival:
Dear Nick – Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear you are disappointed despite our clear terms and conditions as well as communication with you personally about the status of your film.
Nevertheless, as a community event that supports film makers your feedback is important to us as the reason we do this non-profit event is for artists like you.
As mentioned, after addressing this issue with FF, we were advised to add an intro email for our "selected films in consideration" – which specifically says that even though your film is apart of our "official selection", only the "semi-finalists" will be played at the event itself and being selected does not mean your film is a "winner".
As a film competition, we have also updated this on all our media platforms as well to avoid further miscommunication or disappointment and will do further updates on our website as well.
We would like to close by letting you know that being "selected" for WOW is still very prestigious as your film was selected out of 400 entries as one of the top 100 films for our 2019 competition. Being selected also means you can display our laurel and promote your film as such. Wishing you all the best and we hope to see you at further WOW events later this year!
Response from festival:
Dear Yu – Thanks for getting in touch. Due to the high volumes of entries, all communication is done through FF, so if you did not get a message saying you were a semi-finalist, you film did not make it past the consideration stage. In addition to that, we only respond to questions that are not already answered on our website and social pages. As a film competition, we only play the semi-finalist films at the screenings. However to ensure there is no further misunderstanding for those who choose to enter – we have taken your feedback on board and have now introduced a "welcome message" which further states that just because your film is "Selected" is doesn't mean it is a winner. Wishing you all the best and hope to see you at WOW soon!