British Council award to recognise young, successful entrepreneurs in the film and television sector in UAE

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The British Council has launched its search for the top International Young Screen Entrepreneur 2010 to celebrate the contribution young talented individuals working in film, television and animation make to the success of their industry.

Twelve international finalists from around the world will win the opportunity to visit the UK in October 2010 to learn from creative leaders from the world of screen, meet potential future business contacts and attend the prestigious annual London Film Festival. During the week-long visit the overall winner of this year’s International Young Screen Entrepreneur 2010 will be announced at an awards ceremony.

The International Young Screen Entrepreneurs Award is one of nine British Council International Young Creative Entrepreneur (IYCE) awards. The awards champion and celebrate the importance of creative entrepreneurs and showcase international business innovation in the creative industries. Their strength is in their recognition of the central role of young creative entrepreneurs in the development of a competitive and sustainable creative economy and in the creation of an international network of young creative entrepreneurs.

The British Council is now inviting applications from young entrepreneurs from UAE (25-35 year old Emirati nationals or UAE residents) who have worked in a creative business in the Screen sector for at least 3 years, and who can demonstrate success and show their potential as future leaders of the screen industry. The term screen includes feature film, documentary, shorts, television production, and animation.

Application forms and further details are available at British Council’s website: www.britishcouncil.org/me-uae-yse and should be returned via email to  iysea@ae.britishcouncil.org before 28 July 2010

Entries are open to creative entrepreneurs working in feature film, documentary, shorts, television production and animation. Participants could be working in any of the following sectors:

  • Development, production, post-production
  • Distribution and/or sales
  • Exhibition – cinema/venue and/or festival/event programming and management
  • Journalism (print and broadcast) and publishing
  • Marketing, internet websites/web networks, public and media relations
  • Promotion, education and retail
  • Artist management
  • Consultants providing specialist services to any of the areas outlined.

Sheethal Rishi, British Council Arts Project Manager, UAE said:

‘British Council’s International Young Entrepreneurs Awards spot some of the most talented young creative entrepreneurs around the world and help them both develop their careers further and make new international connections.

‘Judges will be looking for participants’ entrepreneurial abilities, their drive, innovation skills and leadership abilities; the individual who has and will contribute significantly to the screen industry in the future.

‘The give participants the opportunity to experience some of the leading-edge creativity for which the UK is internationally recognised and take advantage of its position as a hub for international networking.
‘The UAE has a thriving young screen industry and we look forward to being able to celebrate the success of its young leaders on the international stage through our Awards and provide new opportunities to help them take their success to new heights.’

For further information, contact:  Sheethal Rishi, Project Manager Arts & Creativity, British Council, UAE ; Email:   sheethal.rishi@ae.britishcouncil.org

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