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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on Tuesday October 16

Two panel discussions on Arab filmmaking lead day 6 of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, with other highlights including two Ladies Only screenings and a gala red carpet screening of Korean box office smash Masquerade.

The Arab Filmmaker Panel discussion, titled The Beginnings will take place at 11:00 at Emirates Palace and is open to the public. Moderated by ADFF's Director fo Arabic Programming, Intishal Al Tamimi, the panel includes two recipients of Variety's Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award: Mohammed Al Daradji and Yousry Nasrallah. Emirati Nawaf Al-Janahi Sea Shadow, Bader Ben Hirsi A New Day in Old Sanaa and Mohamed Hefzy My Brother the Devil will also join the discussion about the challenges of being a filmmaker in this region.

For those inspired by the morning session, the 14:30 Arab Film Studio 2013 panel provides practical advice and encouragement for aspiring filmmakers considering making a short film for the Arab Film Studio short film competition, open to all GCC nationals. At stake is a chance to join the 2013 Arab Film Studio programme. This panel is supported by twofour54 and Imagenation.

The gala red carpet screening today is Choo Chang-min's lavish epic Masquerade, telling the story of a tyrannical King who puts an impoverished lookalike on the throne because he fears assassination. Choo Chang-min will join the Producer Dong Yeon Won and the film's star Ryoo Seung-ryong on the red carpet.

There are two Ladies Only screenings: at 15:45 The Patience Stone and When i Saw You at 18:30. Actress Golshifeh Farahani and director Atiq Rahimi will attend for The Patience Stone, while director Annemarie Jacir will be attend for When i Saw You.
A masterclass on color-grading, an essential element of modern post-production, will be led by Ayman Abdel Basset, Senior Colorist with twofour54 Intaj at 17:00. At 20:00 Eugene Martin, an award-winning producer and director from the USA, will lead a masterclass on storytelling and concept development. Masterclasses are open to the public and free to attend.

On screen highlights include the first Festival screening of Lore, with Director Cate Shortland in attendance. Lore won the Audience Award at the Locarno Film Festival and has screened to critical acclaim at a number of festivals. It is screening in the Narrative competition, as is Harraga Blues, which tackles the issue of illegal immigration through the eyes of two young migrants. Director Moussa Haddad, Producer Amin Haddad and stars Mouni Bouallam and Zakaria Ramdane will attend the screening.

Screening in the New Horizons competition is The Miscreants, Mohcine Besri's film about three Islamic fundamentalists and the acting troupe they kidnap on orders from a spiritual leader. Besri will attend the screening, along with two of the film's stars, Abdenbi El Benioui and Amin Ennaji.

Mohammed Saved From the Waters, a film which explores issues of poverty and public health through the story of a boy suffering renal failure due to polluted water, screens in the Documentary competition. Director Safaa Fathy, who drew on her own brother's experiences for the film, will attend the screening with Producer Delphine Morel.

Media representatives have the opportunity to conduct interviews with delegations from a number of films.  Please check the press schedule for details.

This is the first year the Abu Dhabi Film Festival has been presented under the management of twofour54, as part of the plan to strategically align the festival alongside Abu Dhabi's other media initiatives and related events, reinforcing Abu Dhabi as the creative hub for the region supporting film production.

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