Saturday, April 7, 2012

The 5th edition of the Gulf Film Festival that is to be held between 10th- 16th of April, opened its doors for an exclusive media preview session at The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai on Thursday, 5th April 2012.

Individuals from the media industry were invited at the informal briefing to attend the evening that was filled with fresh potential and promise, as budding Gulf film makers were seen showcasing teasers of their work in a 20 minutes compilation of trailers that mainly included in animation, international, Gulf student, shorts and feature competition finalists among others.

Mr. Abdulhamid Juma, the Chairman of Gulf Film Festival welcomes the media at Dubai Pavilion
Photos by Anzuma Akther 

Mr. Abdulhamid Juma, the Chairman of Gulf Film Festival (GFF) warmly welcomed the media and the participating filmmakers. “I hope that it is a good platform for the film makers to showcase their films and be recognized”, he said.

From over 1050 entries, 155 were carefully short listed for the festival comprising of 82 films from world premieres, 12 films from international premieres, 27 films of the Middle Eastern premieres, 11 from the GCC and four films from the UAE. There will also be 37 films shown that were made in the workshops that were held.

Mr. Juma declared that the festival will also be going to the capital, Abu Dhabi from 12th- 14th of April at the Abu Dhabi theatre. He also informed that most of the participating films were made by Emiratis, but there were also films from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.

When asked what is unique about the GFF, the festival Director, Ms. Shivani Pandya replied saying, “People get to share their stories here because in the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), it was more about the glamour and style but at GFF, its more warm and cozy, more personal and there are a lot of young film makers involved here.”

We’re up for some excellent films this year, to catch up on the film schedules for the festival, log on to the Gulf Film Festival official website.

All film screenings and workshops barring the invite-only film screenings are free for public 

By Zainab Akbarali

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