Our first ARAB SHORTS IN SCHOOLS screening went off in Belmore!
The Arab Shorts in Schools program screened at Belmore Boys HIgh School on 29th October. It was a wonderful session with approximately 65 students from Year 9 to 12 attending.
The head of the English department, Ms Sarah Alamein, invited us to the school to present to students in the lead up to the production of their own shorts using mobile phones as part of their end of year assessment and as part of their annual film event BelFest. The screening took place in the school library with special guest, filmmaker George Basha present for a Q&A.
The wonderful discussion was triggered after the screening, concentrating on filmmaking fundamentals. George Basha gave insight into shooting scenes that can be easily edited. And ICE’s very own tech genius, Julian Lankshear, provided students with hot tips on making short films with a mobile including pointers on what apps to download, OHS, lighting and sound, and shooting from different angles.
Baghdad Messi (pictured) was voted the best of the shorts screened that day. That’s one of my favourites too!
Words by Mouna Zaylah.