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7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 Dates Announced

Festival to run 24th October to 2nd November

Abu Dhabi, UAE - 25 February 2013:  The Abu Dhabi Film Festival will return for its seventh edition in 2013 from October 24th through till November 2nd. A key event in Abu Dhabi's cultural calendar, the Film Festival contributes to the Emirate being positioned as a regional creative hub through its focus on high quality, Arab cinema.

Plans are well underway for an exciting ten day programme of Arab and international cinema, complemented by red carpet premieres and a host of events. The Festival presents films in eight sections. New feature length and short works compete for Black Pearl Awards in the Narrative, Documentary, New Horizons, International Shorts and Emirates Film Competition programmes. Other recent films, retrospectives and restored classics are presented in the Showcase and Special Programmes sections. More information on the programme will be released in the lead up to the event.
Like the 2012 edition, there will be a key focus on education, providing learning and development opportunities through world-class master classes, workshops and industry meetings, delivered by regional and international film experts to help shape future generations of Arab filmmakers.
"Abu Dhabi enjoys a unique position in the region's Film Festival calendar as it marks the start of the festival season in the region," commented Ali Al Jabri, ADFF Festival Director. "ADFF is currently the only Festival in the region where Arab films are screened alongside international productions in competition, which has allowed the Festival to attract the most important Arab produced films. 2013 will be no exception."

"Last year the Festival opened with a film produced by an up and coming Saudi producer," he added. "We will continue our focus on Arab filmmakers this year as we look to strengthen the position of Abu Dhabi and ADFF as the emotional heart of the region's film industry."
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) is presented by the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority. 

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