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The BBC Arabic Festival screens short films and documentaries about the dramatic social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today. After two stellar years, we are proud to have garnered a reputation for presenting bold films by established and first-time filmmakers. Through our open call to the public, we seek a bold and diverse range of filmmaking from across the Middle East, by Arab and non-Arab, professional and amateur filmmakers.

The festival runs as a competition, judged by a panel of journalism and film experts and practitioners, who will present an award to a winner in each category. BBC Arabic offers the Young Journalist Award to a non-fiction filmmaker aged 18 to 30. The Award comprises of a programme of bespoke training, mentoring and equipment. There is also the potential for their next project to be aired on BBC Arabic TV and presented by them at the next Festival. This year, BBC Arabic Festival will introduce for the first time an award dedicated to the overall Best Work in Journalism to a non-fiction submission.

We are now closed for submissions for the 2017 BBC Arabic Festival. Good luck to all the filmmakers who have sent in their work. The official selection of the 3rd BBC Arabic Festival will be announced in February of 2017.

The festival will take place at the iconic art-deco Radio Theatre in central London, March 24 to 30, 2017. The winners of each category will be announced during the televised Awards Ceremony on March 30, 2017.

Take a look at our previous Festivals in 2014 and 2015.

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Image caption 2015 opening night host, Eddie Izzard
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Image caption 2015 BBC Arabic Festival musical guest Mashrou Leila
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Image caption a full house at the iconic Radio Theatre for BBC Arabic Festival

The Festival takes place at the iconic art-deco Radio Theatre in central London.

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