Zayed Film Competition


General Conditions

Submissions are now being accepted for short films produced after January 1, 2018.

  • Film submissions should not be subject to online viewing, broadcast, or scheduled for limited or full broadcast on television, the internet or any other media platform before the results of the Sheikh Zayed Short Film Competition are announced.
  • Applicants must be 16 years and above.

Participation is open to all nationalities.

The Films

The films should be centred on the late founding father and leader of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (his qualities, vision, life, history and achievements.)

Films should be 3-10 minutes (including opening and closing credits), in the form of narrative or documentary.

Once the film has been selected and the invitation to participate at the competition has been accepted, it cannot be withdrawn from the competition.

If the film is selected for any awards, The competition will require the

following materials:

  • Uploaded copy of the film with English & Arabic subtitles, if the film’s original language is other than English.
  • Detailed documentation, including: a synopsis of the film, a biography and complete filmography of the director, a selection of stills from the film, a recent photograph of the director, and a full list of artistic and technical credits, dialogue or spotting list in English, Film clips / trailer.

The Competition reserves the rights to use all materials cited for promotional purposes and the Competition Guide.

The winning films must have the logo of the competition.


Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018. Online applications to be submitted in Arabic or English and with the link of your film.

Film formats:

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Resolution: HD 1080

.mov .avi .mp4

All films must be submitted in high definition – HD. Baynounah TV reserves the right to reject any unsuitable copies, in which case the participant must submit a better copy of the film. Baynounah TV reserves the right to remove any film from the competition, without any obligation, if the requested material is not submitted


First prize: AED 25,000

Second prize: AED 20,000

Third prize: AED 15,000

Fourth prize: AED 10,000

Fifth prize: AED 5,000

The cash award will be shared equally between the director and the main producer of the winning film.

All films must be submitted via a password protected streaming link. Our preference is Vimeo links; however, we can accept links to other streaming sites including your own site, an unlisted private YouTube, etc. as long as the link is not public. If you have any extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from making a streaming link of your film please contact us on communications@baynounah.ae

Disputes, if any, will be subject exclusively to the jurisdiction of the Courts in UAE.

In line with the announcement of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, that 2018 is the ‘Year of Zayed’ Baynounah TV is launching Zayed Film Competition, to honor the founding father of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his legacy.

The main objective of the competition is to document Sheikh Zayed’s journey of establishing and building the country, and to highlight his values and beliefs, ​​alongside the greatest domestic and international achievements he attained for the prosperity of the United Arab Emirates.