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 8th WOW (World of Women) Film Fair 2020 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 wowmiddleeast@gmail.com 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.

Awards include:
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)

2020 Open call for film submissions

DEADLINE: December 1st, 2020

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, ‬2020‭, ‬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, 2021‭.‬‭ ‬You are responsible for updating WOW Film Fair directly regarding any change to your contact information and ensuring that emails from‭ hermoine@straightstreetmedia.ae 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. ‬

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  • Manoocher Khoshbakht

    Ich konnte leider nicht auf eurem Festival persönlich sein aber von ferne habe ich beobachtet. Danke!!!

    October 2020
  • Hala Abouchakra

    Honored to have my film selected, although didn’t get to celebrate it because of the lack of communication.

    March 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Hala,

    Our records show you were sent and successfully received an official email to confirm you were selected for the festival.

    In addition to that, a public announcement was made on our instagram page stating we had to delay the festival program on March 9th, 2020 due to the Corona virus and public safety.

    Once this is lifted, we will announce a new date for the finalist screenings on FF and on instagram.

    Our website, this page and the emails we send out clearly state if you are actually 'officially selected' or a 'winner'.

    It is your responsibility to follow up and check on all announcements at every stage of the festival as it is impossible to email each and every applicant personally due to the high volumes of entries we receive every year.

    Like many other festivals, we also engage platforms like this to ensure it is run professionally and smoothly.

    Wishing you all the best on your film journey!

  • I wasn't there, and no communication with filmmaker.

    March 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Bita!

    A public announcement was made on our instagram page stating we had to delay the festival program on March 9th, 2020 due to the Corona virus and public safety.

    Once this is lifted, we will announce a new date for the finalist screenings on FF and on instagram.

    Our website, this page and the emails we send out clearly state if you are actually 'officially selected' or a 'winner'.

    Like many other festivals, we also engage platforms like this to ensure it is run professionally and smoothly.

    Wishing you all the best on your film journey!

  • Kumutha LVPA

    Good Good Good Good Good

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your support!

  • Lauren Jessie Jones

    Myself and my Director are extremely thankful and grateful for the opportunity to have our film selected as a Semi Finalist the year! Unfortunately due to Gov restrictions our film couldn't be screened so we didn't attend the festival (we're from Australia!), but would love to see any images or footage from the event! Is there a way online to watch the films that were selected but not able to be screened at the event?

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the feedback and support Lauren! We have come a long way in regards to what we can show! You can view images from the event on our page here. Scroll down and check ones with 2019 branding. Also you can check out images on our instagram page as well. Hope you can join us soon!