|Arnaout valued the partnership that combined the Festival and Al Jazeera website for the first time since the launching of the festival
Concerning the jury panel, Arnaout said that it has 15 different members from various countries and as usual, no two members from the same country. Aljazeera has no representation in the panel to ensure impartiality is maintained.
Arnaout valued the partnership that combined the Festival and Al Jazeera website for the first time since the launching of the festival. The new festival webpage on the Al Jazeera website offers a premium service reflecting the festival's journey.
On a different note, the attendance of the Directors of Documentary Film Authorities in both India and China was confirmed as well as an Indian cinema star whose name will be declared later. The shortlisted films were selected according to the criteria of tackling liberties, human rights, and children issues and these are of fundamental interest to Al Jazeera Network. He also pointed that the number of visitors of Aljazeera Festival webpage is increasing and has reached 750.000 visits, according to a recent estimate.
The Festival Awards
The Festival's Awards are of two types: The Festival Awards and the Special Awards. The first group includes: The Golden Award, The Jury Award, and The New Horizon Award dedicated for college students. It is given to the best films made by amateur directors, students, or beginners.
Special Awards, on the other hand, are sponsored by Aljazeera Documentary Channel: three awards to the best three Arabic films provided not to be produced by Aljazeera Media Network. The second award is sponsored by Public Liberties and Human Rights Administration at Al Jazeera Media Network while the third one is sponsored by Al Jazeera Children Channel and given to the best three films discussing children and family issues.
The participants in this edition are from different Arab and foreign TV channels, production companies, and directors and media personnel. 1094 applications were received covering long films, medium films, and short ones. The number of films received films is 910 while only 161 were shortlisted and they include 45 short, 51 medium, and 34 long and 31 films in the New Horizon competition. In the production exhibition, there will be 48 companies and establishments from 16 countries.
Similar to each edition, the guests will be entertained with concurrent events, such as the seminar entitled Arabic in Media Outlets in corporation with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, workshops, folkloric shows, and a book exhibition for three publishing houses.