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competition time

(is now closed)

winners announcement here

We are thrilled to announce a competition alongside the launch of our online directory


We will be commissioning eight artists (or teams of artists) with a connection to the Middle East, North Africa and surrounding areas to capture their work on film.


Each winner will receive £1000 to create a one minute (60 seconds) work that is filmed, responding to the question: ‘How should the MENA+ arts community celebrate what we have in common?’  


This commission is open to MENA+ artists working in any field. You don’t have to be a film-maker: you just have to be able to capture your work digitally. We encourage applications from all artists working in the live and recorded arts, whether you’re a poet, playwright, performer, director, musician, sound designer, dancer, film-maker, animator, multimedia artist, puppeteer - or anything else that can be captured on film. Recordings can be done through any medium (eg smartphone, camera, or digital software), although we would expect them to be of broadcast quality.

Submissions are open to members of the MENA Arts UK directory.


Signing up is free, and can be done here. (Please note: if applying as a team, each artist must be signed up to the database).

We have assembled a panel of industry professionals to serve as judges and select the winning applicants. These are:

Sepy Baghaei - PHOTO CREDIT Simeon Qsyea
Hannah Khalil - PHOTO CREDIT Richard Sak
Sabrina Mahfouz - PHOTO CREDIT Greg Morr
Richard Saker
Simeon Qsyeaa
Greg Morrison
Dan Milnor

The winning commissions will be released digitally in March 2021, alongside a Q&A with the artists behind each film.




Applications are now open until 29th December at 12pm. We will inform all applicants of the result of their applications on 11th January, 2021. Selected artists will have from 12th January to 15th February to create their work and send it to us. The commissioned works will be released digitally in March 2021.


If you are thinking of applying, we have created an application pack that should tell you everything you need to know:

For a PDF of the application pack, click 

For a word document version, click


Click on the play icon to listen to an audio version

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You can apply by filling out an online form. We recognise that written forms may not be suitable for everyone, so you can also apply via a voice recording OR a visual presentation. Details on what is required for each format is in the application pack. 


To apply:


  • Click here to submit a written application form

  • Click here to submit a voice recording application

  • Click here to submit a visual application



If you have any questions about the commission, or if you’re not sure if this opportunity is right for you, please get in touch with Sepy Baghaei, head judge and Co-Vice Chair of MENA Arts UK at

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