The National: Reality check at ADFF panel discussion on UAE film industry
So Monday’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival panel on local production was quite an eye-opener. The panel, which was chaired by The National’s editor-in-chief Mohammed Al Otaiba, featured representatives from ADFF, Dubai International Film Festival, twofour54 and the local filmmaking community. It could easily have been an exercise in self-aggrandising PR, particularly considering the international attention the nascent UAE film industry has received in recent weeks from American publications such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Instead, it turned out to be something else entirely: a refreshingly honest, warts and all look under the skin of the film industry in this country, beginning from the moment Dubai Film Market’s Samr Al Marzooqi pointed out that until UAE cinema actually starts making money, we don’t really have an industry.
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