Nokia and join up for film competition

Contest aims to encourage amateur film makers in the UAE

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Nokia and join up for film competition aims to encourage local film makers with the competition.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 20, 2011

Middle East online content platform has teamed up with Nokia for two competitions to encourage amateur film makers in the region.

The two film competitions will focus on ideas around connectivity, with entries to be hosted on's Makshoof Film platform.

The first competition, under the banner ‘Connect Me!', is targeted at would-be film makers, and challenges them to create a two minute film on the theme of a world without mobile phones. The competition is intended to test the imagination of young film makers who have grown up with mobile connectivity.

The second competition, which is aimed at casual film enthusiasts, tasks entrants with creating a 15 second commercial for Nokia's new E6 HD phone, under the title ‘Staying Connected.'

"Since launching our platform over a year ago we have witnessed significant growth and interest in the local film industry. It's great to see a global company like Nokia get behind the grass-roots film industry, and specifically the UAE industry, by supporting up-and-coming talent and those with an interest in film and video," said Paul Kelly, founder of

Both competitions are now open for entries until 30th August, for residents of the UAE only. Submissions will be voted for by the public online, and two winners will receive the E6 phone.

Sally Hamandi, communication manager for Nokia Lower Gulf, said: "The E6 is a phone for people who need to be connected 24/7, with easy to use features, combining a touch screen with a keypad, and built-in features such as a HD camera for stills and video, full applications and access to the Ovi Store. These competitions are a really interesting concept to see how people's perceptions of being connected have changed, especially against the backdrop of the E6's connectivity."

Kelly added: "This particular collaboration between the Makshoof Film platform and the Nokia E6 is an important one given that being connected is core to both and Nokia. The concept of what it would mean to not be connected is an exciting topic to explore using the rich medium of film."

To find out more about the competitions and enter, visit

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