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Ayn Short Film Festival kicks off

25 Jan 2024 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Activities of the first edition of ‘Ayn Short Film Festival’ kicked off under the patronage of Sayyid Saud Hilal al Busaidi, Governor of Muscat.

Organised by the Ministry of Information, the 5-day event is aimed at promoting the Omani film industry, enhancing the associated cultural movement, and supporting the development of innovative content.

Dr Abdullah Nasser al Harrasi, Minister of Information, said the festival seeks to achieve a number of objectives in filmmaking, cinema and drama. The goals include honing the skills of script writers, filmmakers, actors, directors, and all other participants in the production of cinema.

The minister pointed out that the festival also aims to provide the Ayn platform for professional short films, contribute to the evolution of a meaningful media content, improve the expertise of jury committees, and interact with those interested in the industry. The activities include workshops, film screening, and a specialised symposium, he added.

The festival’s winning films will have a wider opportunity to propagate, since they will be presented to the public through the Ayn platform, which greatly exceeded the projected number of views, attracting more than 10 million visitors from different countries of the world, the minister affirmed.

Speaking about the volume of feedback, the minister said that reactions to the current edition of the festival underline the existence of a large number of talents which need support, care and attention – an initiative of the Ministry of Information whose mandates include supporting young talent.

The minister explained that the festival is Ayn platform’s first engagement in cinema and filmmaking. He stressed that the experience will be evaluated and proposals be welcomed for the sake of improving upcoming editions.

During the ceremony, the Ministry of Information also honoured some prominent professionals who have contributed significantly to the filmmaking industry.

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