Submissions for 2015 are now closed

Submissions to the 2015 BBC Arabic Festival are now closed. Thanks to all who have submitted.The 2015 programme will be announced in September 2015.

The 2015 BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival will exhibit new voices telling bold and original stories about the dramatic political changes that continue to transform the Arab World in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings. All finalists will be invited to represent their film at the BBC's iconic Radio Theatre in Central London. Final films will also have the potential to air on BBC Arabic TV.

In its 2nd edition, the BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival will look at the Rulers and the Ruled, exploring the struggles for power and control that continue to shake the region.

New governments and new alliances have taken over the political landscape in many Arab states. But their rule does not only affect nations. The politics of power also affect and are affected by private lives and relationships, economies, geographies, gender, knowledge, beliefs and basic human rights. If you think your film does not have to do with power, think again: everything has to do with power. What shape has power taken and how have you see it affect society in the Arab world?

The BBC Arabic 2015 Festival will showcase films that address the reach that control and authority have over citizens, subjects, subordinates, superiors, peers and neighbours in the changing Arab world. This year, our expert panel of judges will be looking for originality, wit and creative interpretation along with clarity, balance and in-depth research in the telling of intimate and powerful fiction and non-fiction stories.