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ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai Marks 10 Years of Emirates Film Competition

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Emirates Film Competition (EFC), ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai features ten short films from EFC's first decade of contributions to film culture in the Gulf region. EFC's workshops and screenings have been at the heart of regional cinema since 2001, serving as a platform for local and regional filmmakers to share both their work and their experiences. Last year, the EFC became an official section of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) and today continues as a key initiative to provide regional filmmakers with greater exposure through ADFF's reach into the international film community. With themes as diverse as revenge and relationships, this installment of ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai features a collection of intriguing, illuminating, and insightful films that have made the EFC an important force in advancing cinema in the Gulf. 

A special question & answer session with several directors whose films are featured in the program will take place after the screening on August 18. 

10 Years of Emirates Film Competition Screening Schedule 

Wednesday, August 17; Thursday, August 18; and Friday, August 19 @ 9 p.m. 

Meet the Directors: Thursday, August 18 

All screenings include: 

  • Amen 


Directed by Abdullah Hassan 

2005 | 15 min 

For the prayer that ends ritual, for the love of a cold color, for the cruelty that exists within us... Amen is the beginning. 

  • On a Road 


Directed by Nawaf Al Janahi 

2003 | 5 min 

This film asks whether we really do all we can. 

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Directed by Reem Al Hamli 

2004 | 4 min 

With no face or character of his own, a metal man seeks to become David Bowie in his glam rock Ziggy Stardust phase. 

  • Dreams in a Box 


Directed by Khalid Al Mahmood 

2003 | 7 min 

A man goes about his normal life when a problem surfaces. 

  • Dying for Fun 


Directed by Nada Al Karimi 

2005 | 11 min 

From birth to premature death, Dying for Fun follows the hatching, coloring, marketing, and sale of dyed chicks. 

  • My Way 


Directed by Salem Faisal Al Qassimi 

2003 | 9 min 

Under the control of a vengeful man, a girl is forced to kill someone. 

  • Aushba's Well 


Directed by Waleed Al Shehhi 

2004 | 17 min 

Do dreams contain reality or vice versa? Aushba's Well tries to make sense of both possibilities. 

  • Crossing 


Directed by Ali Jamal 

2009 | 4 min 

A bird struggles to protect its eggs from a piece of plastic in this simple parable of love and solidarity. 

  • Wet Tiles 


Directed by Lamya Hussain Gargash 

2003 | 9 min 

An examination of a relationship between a man and a woman: is it an arranged marriage or an intimate rendez-vous? 

  • Mirage 


Directed by Yasser Al Neyadi & Hana Al Shatri 

2010 | 8 min 

Mirage presents the soul conflicted by human values and the temptation of money. 

NOTE: These screenings will run each day from Wednesday, August 17, through Friday, August 19, inclusive. Each screening will begin at 9 p.m. All non-English language films have English subtitles. Entrance to the screenings is free of charge but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Screenings start promptly at the specified time, so please arrive accordingly. 

During the holy month of Ramadan, the restaurant at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai will open at 6 p.m. for Iftar and remain open through Suhoor to 3 a.m. each day. 

About ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai 

ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai is a four-month long series of film screenings presented by the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) in collaboration with film producer 

Butheina Hamed Kazim and in partnership with The Pavilion Downtown Dubai. The initiative is a first for ADFF as it showcases highlights of the capital's festival to the Dubai community as part of its commitment to a greater selection of screenings and activities in the UAE throughout the year. 

ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai aims to facilitate and encourage the increasingly active conversation among filmmakers, supporters, patrons and enthusiasts across the UAE, who are central to the exciting growth of the local film culture. Hosted at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, the venue is a unique hub for a diverse range of arts events, offering a platform to promote an active cultural community to the public and to support the work of a rising generation of artists in the region. Along with the cinema where the films will be hosted, The Pavilion includes two galleries, a library, a café, and a shisha lounge facing the Burj Khalifa. 

Co-curator Butheina Hamed Kazim and the ADFF programming team have carefully selected from among highlights of the past two years to give an overview of several sections that are presented at the festival each October in Abu Dhabi. 

Launched on May 13, ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai began with four films that have received ADFF's SANAD grants which support Arab cinema. Future installments of the series will focus on a selection of Emirati short films that have been entered in the Emirates Film Competition. 

About Abu Dhabi Film 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. 

About Butheina Hamed Kazim 

Kazim is the producer of the independent documentary film Letters to Palestine, which has screened across Palestine and premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in December 2010. She was a juror for the iEmmys Asia & Africa competition and a curator for an independent films program at the Shelter in Dubai and is currently working on a series for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. 

Kazim represented the UAE at the Berlinale as part of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission delegation attending the European Producers Club Forum, a talent workshop, which invites young and emerging filmmakers from all over the world. Kazim is regular commentator on issues of media, culture and communication and co-hosts Dubai Tonight a radio talk show on Dubai Eye 103.8. Kazim is currently the Strategy & Business Development Manager at Dubai Media Incorporated, which 

operates six pan-Arab TV channels and other media platforms including print, publishing and radio. 

About The Pavilion Downtown Dubai 

The Pavilion is the city's newest dedicated non-profit contemporary art space providing a place to view, discuss and participate in works by local and international artists. Developed by the multidivisional group Cultural Engineering, The Pavilion is a unique hub for a diverse range of art events offering a platform to promote an active arts community to the public and to support the work of a rising generation of artists in the region. 

The Pavilion's programming will reinforce its role as a place for artistic discourse, research and education. The building itself reflects a unique interior that supports a dialogue between art and its audience. 

Media Contacts 

For inquiries on Abu Dhabi Film Festival: 

William Royce 

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 

T +9712 556 4000 

For inquiries on The Pavilion Downtown Dubai: 

Tarané Ali Khan 

t h r e e | Communications & Consulting 

T +9714 3411 367 


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