CMU partners with THIMUN Qatar for Film Fest Submission Program

THIMUN Qatar IT Coordinator and CMU students meet weekly to discuss the FIlm Festival submission program under development.
THIMUN Qatar IT Coordinator and CMU students meet weekly to discuss the FIlm Festival submission program under development.

As most of you know, THIMUN Qatar in partnership with Northwestern University in Qatar organizes the annual Film Festival. High school students from virtually any location on earth can participate in this festival and submit their short films. It’s been an ongoing annual tradition ever since its birth in 2010. Several successful short films have emerged as a result of this and have gained recognition internationally. The project that I’m working on is an online film submission system with which students can seamlessly upload their application forms, films, posters and all other materials needed seamlessly onto our databases. We have the privilege of working with seniors from the Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar on this project and hope to come up with a new system in time for our upcoming festival. Previously, film submissions were accepted in physical CD’s and flash disks. Moreover, the registration forms were all hand-written and then converted to digital format manually for processing. More recently, the THIMUN Qatar office implemented online submissions for films alone and received about one half of the submissions through a temporary online platform. The variable file upload speeds in different countries is perhaps the biggest challenge that the project faces. Using secure file upload systems and ensuring data integrity, we hope to come up with an effective film submission system by the end of the year.