Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

BEIRUT | Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) began 2013 with a “Why Culture” campaign inviting the general public to engage with this intriguing question. The first part of this campaign, the AFAC “Why Culture?” Poster Design Competition, was open to professionals and amateurs alike and called for submissions of visual designs and slogans answering the question “Why Culture?” On June 14th, 2013, the two winners were announced: Bouchahed Mohammed Amin from Algeria won the online Voter’s Selection and Ibrahim Brimo from Syria won the AFAC Selection.

Carrying this campaign further, and responding to feedback from our followers, AFAC is now tossing the question into the field of pictures in motion, videos and animation. AFAC has opened the call for the “Why Culture? Video Competition,” and the challenge is: Can you create a 2 minute video that delivers a concept on why culture matters?

How can you participate?
The competition is open to the general public as well as to professional filmmakers, animators and video artists. There are two categories to win: The Voter’s Selection Award and The AFAC Selection Award.

Videos can be filmed using professional, semi-professional, amateur video cameras or smartphones. If there is language use in the video, it must be, partially or entirely, in Arabic. Both formal and colloquial Arabic are acceptable.

Video submissions should be sent through password-protected links on Vimeo, YouTube, DropBox or other similar websites. Video duration should not exceed 2 minutes and the submitted file size should not exceed 100 MB.

Send your submission link to the following email address: whyculture(at) and be sure to mention your full name and your country of origin.

The winners’ names will be given recognition on our news bulletin and will receive an award of $1,000 each. They will also be invited to attend an AFAC event to be acknowledged for their work.

The two winning videos and the shortlisted top ten will be displayed on AFAC’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page giving recognition to their directors.

Deadline for applications: 22 November.

Find all the details online.

AFAC is a Beirut-based, independent Arab initiative launched in 2007 to provide direct funding to projects in cinema, visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, as well as research, training and regional events, while facilitating cultural exchange and cooperation across the Arab world and globally.

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