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The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival announces its call for entries
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) has opened its call for
entries for the seventh edition of the Festival, to be held October
24 - November 2, 2013. Entries will be accepted until
The Festival is powered by twofour54 Abu Dhabi.
ADFF promotes appreciation and understanding of the art of
cinema amongst its enthusiastic multicultural audiences. It brings
to Abu Dhabi the most outstanding films from around the world.
The festival contributes to Abu Dhabi being positioned as a
creative hub by focusing on high quality, Arab cinema and by
supporting and nurturing burgeoning local talent and filmmaking. In
2012, the Film Festival received over 3,500 submissions from 75
A World Not Ours (Lebanon)by Mahdi Fleifel (Black Pearl
for best documentary, FIPRESCI and NETPAC awards at ADFF 2012) and
Coming Forth by Day (Egypt) by Hala Lofty (Best Director
from the Arab World and FIPRESCI award in the New Horizons
competition, ADFF 2012) are two outstanding examples of Arab
film that have gone on to receive accolades around the world after
being premiered at ADFF.
Noura Al Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer of twofour54 said:
"The buzz and support from the film community around the Abu Dhabi
Film Festival intensifies every year, mirroring the steep growth in
Abu Dhabi's Film and Entertainment industry. The festival connects
film-makers with Abu Dhabi's great locations, world-class
facilities and incentives to work here."
Ali Al Jabri, ADFF Director, commented: "Over the last few years
we have seen a substantial growth not only in the number of films
produced but also in the quality of content from Arab filmmakers.
One of the main reasons for this is our strong international film
program. Showing films from different parts of the world exposes
local and regional filmmakers to a variety of cinematic styles and
The Festival welcomes feature length or short narrative and
documentary films from all over the world for its variety of
competitive and non-competitive sections:
Narrative Competition - An
international selection of feature-length fiction films.
Documentary Competition - An
international selection of non-fiction feature-length films.
New Horizons Competition - An
international selection of first and second feature-length
Short Films Competition - An
international selection of narrative and documentary short
Emirates Film Competition -
devoted to short films from the UAE and GCC countries, this section
presents some of the Gulf's leading filmmaking talent with an array
of awards aimed at helping to support the continued development of
the local film industry.
Showcase - A panorama of
outstanding recent narrative and documentary features. Films in
Showcase are eligible for the Audience Choice Award.
Our World - A panorama of incisive
cutting edge films that raise awareness of environmental and/or
social related issues.
Special Programs - Restorations
and retrospectives, as well as specially curated programs and
presentations focusing on exciting developments and trends in
filmmaking around the world.
Films submitted to the festival should have had their first public
screening after November 1st, 2012 and should not have any public
screening in the Middle East before the screening at ADFF.
ADFF honors exceptional achievements in film with the Black
Pearl Awards and with significant cash prizes. Prizes can often
facilitate future projects from outstanding talents from around the
Complete information regarding eligibility is available
SANAD, the development and post-production fund of the Abu Dhabi
Film Festival, is also accepting applications for second cycle
grants from June 1 until July 1, 2013. Full information is
available at www.adff.ae/sanadfund.
For questions regarding entries email email@example.com or call +971
2 401 1906.
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