White Oryx International Short Film Festival (WOIS Film Fest) is an initiative by the School of Media & Communication (SoMC), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) - Dubai Campus, to create an opportunity to showcase, celebrate, and nurture the art and culture of filmmaking in the UAE.
Regarded to be the biggest short film event in the UAE, the festival has become a unique platform for creative minds not only in the UAE but also in the GCC region and Internationally. WOIS Film Fest empowers amateur filmmakers to showcase their works of passion as they develop their talents through the festival's learning atmosphere comprising of free film screenings, workshops, competitions and networking opportunities. In addition, attendees of the festival are presented with a programming that's diverse in genre, theme, and style through a non-competitive category that welcomes short films from all over the world.
The event, launched in the year 2018, runs its course over three days; screening exemplary submissions handpicked by the team, all with the potential to impact lives. These submissions include entries from national and international students and amateurs. It ends with a grand award ceremony wherein the winners are presented with Golden Oryx Awards and special prizes from our esteemed sponsors.
The students and faculty of SoMC are all set to continue the saga of the WOIS Film Fest with preparations underway for the third edition; for the art, craft, profession, passion, love, and life that is cinema.