Egyptian star Yusra to lead Tropfest Arabia 2013
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CAIRO, News Wires

Egyptian actress and singer Yusra will join short film festival Tropfest Arabia as coordinator when the third edition kicks off in November in Abu Dhabi, Gulf News reported.

An expansion of Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, the regional version of the event will see films from the Middle East and North Africa region being screened with a winner picked at a star-studded finale.

Yusra will work with Tropfest founder John Polson to select this year’s shortlist of finalists. “The Tropfest Arabia festivals of 2011 and 2012 proved that the Arab world’s appetite for media, film, and entertainment is growing more and more each day. Creativity in this region is flourishing and now is the time to get involved. I can’t wait to view the works of the young and talented filmmakers in our region, and see their interpretations of ‘time’ through their use of the Tropfest Signature Item – or TSI,” said Yusra in a statement.

TSI, which this year is ‘time’, must be incorporated into each submission, said Polson. Submissions are now being accepted and participants must be citizens of the Middle East and North Africa (Mena).

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