Gulf Film Festival takes UAE produced cinematography to the international stage in Sweden
- United Arab Emirates: Thursday, September 13 - 2012 at 10:05
- PRESS RELEASE
The Gulf Film Festival (GFF) announced today that a selection of films from the GCC, UAE and Iraq will showcase the diversity and vibrancy of the Gulf film industry at the Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF) in Sweden, set to run from September 28th - October 5th, 2012.
The selected films, which range from shorts to features and documentaries, will take audiences at this year's edition of MAFF on a journey of enthralling cinematic discoveries, celebrating the vast strides filmmakers from the Gulf have made in creating a vibrant and inspiring regional film scene.
Of the 37 films participating in MAFF this year, which are produced or co-produced in the UAE, the rest of the GCC and Iraq, 5 co-produced Emirati films and ten films produced by the UAE and the Gulf region including Iraq, will participate in various categories, 7 films will be showcased at the "Emirates Films" program outside MAFF film competition and fifteen films will be presented in the program "Cherries of Kiarostami'" outside the competition as well.
GFF Director MasoudAmralla Al Ali commented: "The Gulf Film Festival (GFF) is delighted to continue its collaboration with the Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF). One of GFF's founding objectives is to cultivate opportunities for the region's filmmakers to showcase their films internationally, and our partnership with MAFF enables us to realise this vision."
"We are screening twenty-five GFF supported films at MAFF this year, compared with fifteen films last year, which is a testament to the growing list of locally produced films and the large pool of talented up-and-coming filmmakers in the region. We hope that visitors of MAFF enjoy the inspirational line-up from the Gulf," he added.
MAFF Director, Mohamad Kablawi said: "MAFF is thrilled to screen an even bigger line-up of films from the Gulf this year. Our aim is to educate, inspire and entertain audiences with films from the Arab world and we are excited to showcase the incredible creativity from Gulf filmmakers and discover the next gems in Arab film."
The list of guests of honor for this year's MAFF includes the Emirati directors NujoomAlghanem and Nayla Al Khaja, in addition to a number of directors, producers and actors who are shapping the industry of the region.
Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja is a member of the short and documentary films committee alongside theater professor Majdoline Al-Alami from Morocco and Iraqi director Samir Zaidan.
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