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Emirates Film Competition Extends Submissions Deadline to July 20.
The Emirates Film Competition (EFC), which celebrates its
10th anniversary this year, announced today that the original
2011 submissions deadline of July 1 has been extended to July
20. Launched in 2001 as one of the first film competitions in
the United Arab Emirates, the event formally joined Abu Dhabi
Film Festival (ADFF)'s program in 2010.
Beginning with the aim of supporting film production in the Gulf
region, the EFC quickly became the foremost platform for local
and regional filmmakers to showcase and share their work and
experiences. Each year, the EFC has also offered workshops,
screened international shorts and published books on important
topics in filmmaking as well as profiles of prominent
international filmmakers. From the outset, the
event's competition and prizes have been at the heart of
building the UAE's film culture and film industry.
Under the stewardship of its Director Ali Al-Jabri, the EFC
works alongside ADFF's other initiatives aimed at providing
filmmakers from the Gulf and the entire Arab world with
greater exposure through an international platform. Standing
true to its initial vision, the EFC today is a key section of
ADFF and continues to nurture local and regional talent while
fostering the ongoing development of filmmaking and the film
industry in the UAE.The EFC is open to short films by established
and upcoming filmmakers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,
Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. All films that meet ADFF's submission
guidelines will also be considered for selection in the
festival's international Shorts Competition.
Films can be submitted through the ADFF website until July
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (formerly the Middle East
International Film Festival) was established in 2007, with the
aim of helping to create a vibrant film culture throughout the
region. Presented each October by the Abu Dhabi Authority for
Culture and Heritage (ADACH) under the patronage of H.E.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi
Authority for Culture and Heritage, the event is committed
to curating exceptional programs to engage and educate the
local community, inspire filmmakers and nurture the growth of
the regional film industry.
With its commitment to presenting works by Arab filmmakers
in competition alongside those by major talents of world
cinema, the Festival offers Abu Dhabi's diverse and
enthusiastic audiences a means of engaging with their own and
others' cultures through the art of cinema. At the same time,
a strong focus on the bold new voices of Arab cinema connects
with Abu Dhabi's role as a burgeoning cultural capital in
the region and marks the Festival as a place for the world to
discover and gauge the pulse of recent Arab filmmaking.
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