How to submit your film

There are three options to send us your film: Google Drive, Vimeo and Snail Mail.

Google Drive and Vimeo are online platforms where you can share your film with us. Sending us a DVD or a USB Flash-Drive is the slowest and most expensive method.

Google Drive (recommended):

Google Drive is a file transferring service that can bypass the limitations of web browsers and file size limitations. It is a fast and free service by Google that will allow you to share up to 5 GB for free. It is basically one hard drive shared between two or more users. If one person makes a change, the change will reflect on the other user’s system. Unfortunately you cannot upload more than 2GB size files through the web browser. To bypass this restriction, you have to install the Google Drive Desktop Client and log in with your Gmail account. Here are the steps:

  1. Sign up for Google Drive here
  2. Install Google Drive Desktop Client
  3. After installing the Desktop Client you can copy and paste (do not move) your film to the Google Drive Folder. Let the files sync to your account. Please make sure you copy your files and don’t move them!
  4. Once your film synced you can share it with
  5. After you click “Share and Save” the file will show up in our Folder and we can download your movie.
  6. Do not delete the file after they sync! If you delete the file, it will be removed from our folder, too. Once we have downloaded your film, we will delete it which automatically will delete the film in your Google Drive, too.
  7. If you have any issues with the steps above, please notify us at



  1. Create your free Vimeo Basic account here
  2. Select the free basic account. The free version allows you to upload up to 500MB of video each week or 1 HD video per week
  3. Upload your film and fill out the basic information
  4. Under your Privacy settings create a password for your video and share the film with us:
  5. Send us the link to your film and the password (either through the submission form or via email)
  6. If you have any issues with the steps above, please notify us at


Snail Mail (the slowest and most expensive method)

If you decide to send us your film through Snail Mail, you have to send us either 1 USB Flash-Drive or 3 copies of the film on DVDs (labeled with filmmaker’s name and film title).

Submissions should be sent via Aramex or another courier service by 15 January 2018 to

Zayed University Middle East Film Festival
Zayed University
P.O. Box 144534
Abu Dhabi


Entries WILL NOT be returned. Zayed University is not responsible for any damage or loss.