The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) is inviting entries to the seventh edition of the Festival, which will be held from October 24-November 2, 2013. Entries will be accepted until July 15, 2013. The Festival is being organised by twofour54 Abu Dhabi. Last year, the film festival received more than 3,500 submissions from 75 countries. […]
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) is inviting entries to the seventh edition of the Festival, which will be held from October 24-November 2, 2013. Entries will be accepted until July 15, 2013. The Festival is being organised by twofour54 Abu Dhabi.
Last year, the film festival received more than 3,500 submissions from 75 countries.
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 examples of Arab film that have gone on to receive accolades around the world after their premieres 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 Dhabis Film and Entertainment industry. The festival connects film-makers with Abu Dhabis great locations, world-class facilities and incentives to work here.
Ali Al Jabri, ADFF Director, added: 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 techniques.
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 narrative films.
Short Films Competition – An international selection of narrative and documentary short films.
Emirates Film Competition – devoted to short films from the UAE and GCC countries, this section presents some of the Gulfs 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 Programmes – 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 honours 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 globe.
More details regarding eligibility is available at www.adff.ae/submit.