Number of films submitted to ADFF double within a year
Sunday, 29 August - ADFF has received more than
2,000 submissions this year - a 100 per cent increase over last
year. This good news is a welcome reflection of the Festival's
increased international profile, as well as a continuing surge in
filmmaking in the Middle East and North Africa.
Features and shorts from more than 100 countries are currently
under consideration by ADFF curators. Virtually the entire global
film community is represented.
More than 550 films hail from the Middle East - 70 of these from
the UAE, 150 from the rest of the Gulf region and a further 350
from the Arab world, including the Levant and North Africa. Over
100 films represent work coming out of South Asia.
East and Southeast Asia are well represented, with 100
submissions coming from China, Japan and South Koreas and a further
20 from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Sixty films were
sent in from Australasia.
The balance of films entered for consideration include 600 from
Western Europe, 170 from Eastern Europe (including Russia) and 550
from the Americas.
Over the past few years, ADFF has established itself as a prime
showcase of world cinema, helping numerous filmmakers from the Arab
world and beyond to gain a footing on the international stage. With
this year's record number of submitted films, festival audiences
can look forward to an especially vibrant line-up.
The complete Festival program will be announced on 27 September