Dec 30, 2019

Mansour Bin Mohammad Short Film Award

  • Crimson Education
  • United Arab Emirates


The fourth edition of the Mansour Bin Mohammad Short Film Award in Dubai is back and UAE’s youth (ages 18-30 years) can send their entries until November 7.

The annual short film award is an initiative by the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai aimed at encouraging creativity and innovation mixing creative media skills and human rights values together.

Organised in line with the ‘Year of Tolerance,’ this year’s edition of the award will revolve around three main pillars:‘Youth and promoting the culture of peace’, ‘Multiple cultures, One Heart’, and ‘Yes for Bridges, No for Barriers’.

It follows a four-pronged objective: Increase community awareness about human rights; encourage the youth to use their creative skills in highlighting human rights values; develop creative capabilities of the youth in arts, and to establish the values of tolerance, cultural diversity, combating discrimination and extremism among today’s younger generation.

Maitha Al Shamsi, CEO, Human Rights Sector, CDA, explained that the award has been able to generate key success as an innovative channel that aims to increase awareness of human rights issues while also encouraging young people to express these rights through the use of their creative and artistic skills and talents. Al Shamsi said, “Tolerance has been a long-followed value that the UAE has encouraged since its establishment as a nation. The country is widely known for its promotion of the values of tolerance, peace and respect of others.”

Al Shamsi revealed that this year’s edition of the award will see for the first time a panel of judges made up of youth representatives from select universities, in addition to the regular panel of judges. These young jurors will be tasked with selecting winning entries for each category based on the film’s messages to the younger generation.


What: Mansour Bin Mohammad Short Film Award

Who: Open to youth in the UAE, aged 18 to 30 years

When: Entries accepted until November 7, 2019

Prizes: 1st prize winner of each category: Dh30,000; 2nd prize winner: Dh20,000; 3rd prize: Dh15,000

For more information:

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

18-30 Years

Minimum Technical Skill Needed

• Entries must be in Arabic or English (Translated subtitles must be present).
• Entries must comply with the following formats (Apple pro res, H.264)
• Film must not exceed 3-5 minutes.
• The film should not violate the property rights of any third party, nor any other trademarks or intellectual property rights.
• The participation form should be filled in and sent with the film.
• All entries should be sent through to, or to be submitted personally to the CDA’s Human Rights Sector.
• For more information, please contact CDA Toll Free 8002121 or visit CDA website

Application Deadline

7th November 2019

Application Process Includes

• Participation is open for individuals and groups.
• Any person of any nationality can participate if (s)he is a resident of the UAE and is between 18 and 30 years of age.
• The film must address a phenomenon, an issue or idea that is related to the competition’s categories and objectives.
• The individual must work on his/her own entry and the entry itself should not have been submitted to any other competition.
• The entry shall include a poster of the film.
• The participants shall fill the participation form and enclose a copy of the passport, identity card and residence permit.
• The films and the participation form shall be delivered by hand at the headquarters of the Community Development Authority, Human Rights Sector in Floor 4, or through website and use email while uploading the film.
• The registration shall be open from 9 July 2019 to 7 November 2019.
• CDA has full rights to all the films submitted and has the right to use the films as they see fit.
• CDA is not responsible by any means for any costs, expenses, damages, liabilities or injuries that might affect the participants during their participation or work in the competition.