Gulf Film Festival in April
Dubai, September 30, 2012
The sixth edition of the Gulf Film Festival (GFF) will be held in Dubai from April 11 to 17, 2013, it was announced today.
The non-profit annual cultural event celebrates and encourages excellence in Arab cinema, aiming to transform and expand the opportunities for regional filmmakers.
The festival engages both professional and up-and-coming filmmakers with key competitions including The Gulf Competition, Gulf Students’ Shorts Competition and the International Competition for Short Films with prize money of over half a million dirham’s to be awarded to the winners.
Further details will be forthcoming throughout the year and the festival will be accepting submissions from November 25, said a statement from Gulf Film Festival.
The event is held under the patronage of Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).
The festival will also have multiple out-of-competition segments including an ‘In Focus’ segment, master classes, nightly industry discussions and other special events.
Earlier this year the fifth edition of GFF screened 155 films from 40 countries and over 100 films participated in the Official Gulf Feature Film Competition and the Official Gulf Short Film Competition.
Masoud Amralla Al Ali, GFF festival director, said: “The GFF continues to go from strength to strength and the growing number of quality films from the region and around the world that we showcase every year is a testament to the success of the Festival and a positive indicator of the regional film industry attracting more talent. “ – TradeArabia News Service