OSN is set to release 30 award winning independent Arab short films complete with subtitles, exclusively on its platform starting 31st July. All movies will also be made available on the OSN streaming app.
The selection of short films has been showcased at the world’s most prestigious international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Toronto and Dubai.
Rolla Karam, interim chief content officer at OSN said: "Independent movies are often limited to special screenings and film festivals so we are proud to be able to bring this form of art to viewers in the region and to champion these skilled Arab filmmakers by showcasing over 30 of their short films on our platform, on both OSN Yahala Cinema and OSN’s streaming app.”
To kick-start the list, Karouma is an Emirati animation that tells the story of a young and gifted boy who is striving to break through and leave his parents nest to pursue his dreams and realize his full potential.
The film toured more than 70 film festivals around the world and won eight awards including Best Animation Film Award at the Pennine Film Festival, Silver Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, and Best International Expat Short Award at the Korea International Expat Film Festival.
Ayny, a Jordanian Stop-Motion Animation, tells the story of two young boys running away from their mother to play music only to get caught up in the dangers of war. The film is a winner of Students Academy Awards in addition to more than 20 international awards, including Best Foreign Animation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Best Animation at the Lebanon International Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the Valletta Film Festival.
In addition films such as Five Boys and a Wheel; Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes; The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf, and the Boy; and The Parrot will be part fo the schedule.