ADFF unveils selections for Two Black Pearl Awards Program
Monday, September 21 - The 2010 Abu Dhabi Film
Festival has announced its selections for the Emirates Competition
and the Short Film Competition. Both competitions award prizes to
short narratives and documentaries, providing vital support for
this important, but underfunded format.
Short filmmaking is an especially vibrant part of the film
industry, serving as both a training ground for young directors and
as a laboratory to which established filmmakers return to
experiment with new ideas.
"Short films are more than just an exercise for beginners,
although that is one of their essential functions, of course," said
Peter Scarlet, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
"Above all, they should be seen as a fully-fledged cinematic art
form, which engenders particularly imaginative kinds of
storytelling. Short films offer a level of artistic freedom that is
irresistible, even to famous filmmakers and actors. The fact that
many of them are more than happy to get involved in short films for
next to no financial reward is a telling sign of what an intriguing
format this is."
"As we announced earlier this year, integrating the Emirates
Competiton into the Abu Dhabi Film Festival tremendously enriches
the Festival's program and further enhances the outlook for
regional filmmakers," said Eissa Saif Rashed Al Mazrouei, the
Festival's Project Director. "The winners in this category will
benefit from the full spectrum of our support, which goes well
beyond publicity and prizes to include invaluable networking
opportunities and year-round mentoring."
ABOUT THE EMIRATES COMPETITION
This year, the long-running Emirates Competition (formerly
Emirates Film Competition) will be presented under the banner of
the Abu Dhabi Film Festival for the first time. In this Black Pearl
Awards program, projects by filmmakers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia andUAE, as well as those with a strong focus on
the region's culture or history, compete for prizes between
US$2,700 (AED 10,000) and US$9,500 (AED 35,000) in five categories:
Short Narratives, Short Documentaries, Student Short Narratives,
Student Short Documentaries and Script Competition. All projects
that met the Festival's general requirements for submission are
also considered for selection in the international Short Film
ABOUT THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The Short Film Competition is open to films with a running time
of 35 minutes or less and invites submissions of narrative and
documentary shorts, including student projects, from all over the
world. The films nominated for this Black Pearl Awards section
compete for prizes ranging from US$5,000 (AED18,300) to US$25,000
(AED91,800) in five categories: Best Narrative Short, Best
Documentary Short, Best Short from the Arab World, Best Animated
Short and Best Student Shorts.