Channel your inner director at the Manhattan Film Academy workshop


Robin Fredriques

Does the world of cinema fascinate you? Do you love watching movies, first day first show? Have you always wondered what it would be like to actually wield the megaphone and say lights, camera, action’ and create a beautiful story in a film? Then head to this Dubai workshop which is aimed at giving film buffs an opportunity to know what goes on behind the camera. If you are an avid student or a follower of cinema, then this workshop is for you. Learn the art of filmmaking in an intense workshop to be held in Dubai by some well known talents from Hollywood, right here in Dubai.

Brand marketing consultancy ISD Global will collaborate with the New York based Manhattan Film Academy (MFA) to conduct filmmaking workshops in the UAE which includes disciplines like screen writing, directing and acting. Each discipline will have one-week (five-day) intensive workshop and participants can take any one or a combination of what interests them.

Established in 2002, the Manhattan Film Academy is a New York City-based group of internationally renowned award-winning American and European filmmakers brought together by writer-director Robert Tutak, Professor of Film at the City University of New York. The group includes Academy Awards (Oscars), European Awards, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy winners and nominees.

This is an opportunity for film enthusiasts to learn first-hand from world-class screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, and editors through intensive hands-on workshops. Robert Tutak, founder of the MFA said, “We look forward to a long-term collaboration with ISD Global on a range of workshops, including a one-year the U.S. accredited academic programme leading to a B.A. Degree in Liberal Arts.”

Suresh Dinakaran, CEO, ISD Global said that in the absence of quality training in these areas, such workshops proved to be very useful. “The first of these workshops was conducted way back in 2005 with participation coming in from far and wide including India, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan etc, apart from the UAE,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to learn from the best in the business.”

The acting workshops will be conducted by actress and acting coach Ella Sloboda, a graduate of the legendary Actor’s Studio in New York City. Her alumni include the likes of Marlon Brando, James Dean, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino, among other renowned actors.

The directing and screenwriting workshops will be conducted by Tutak himself whose writing-directing credits include three feature films, currently in distribution: MATCH’ (Poland), NOBODY’S PERFECT’ (U.S.), and DUBAI: A CITY OF DREAMS’ (U.S.), as well as 16 short fiction films and short documentaries.

The workshops in Dubai will be held at the ECMIT campus at Al Nahda behind the NMC Hospital. The scheduled dates of the workshops are from January 13th to January 24th, 2013.

Interested candidates can be accessed more information on Manhattan Film Academy (MFA)

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About Robin Fredricks : Robin Fredricks is a Graduate in Mass Media & Communications. Orginally from S Africa, she has a passion for writing & design. She loves observing people and situations and how communication influences and triggers people’ behaviour.Hailing from Capetown, she now lives in Al Ain, UAE.

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