Abu Dhabi announces film festival partnership

Middle East Film Fest to partner with Australian film financing forum.
The Circle Conference was held at Abu Dhabi's Shangri-La Hotel in 2008
The Circle Conference was held at Abu Dhabi's Shangri-La Hotel in 2008

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The Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) has announced the signing of a partnership agreement to fund trips for filmmaker's companies wishing to participate in an Australian film industry initiative.

Melbourne International Film Festival’s (MIFF) 37 Degrees South Market, which hosts the global film financing forum, will welcome UAE production companies at the event from 2010, as outlined in the MIFF/ADFC agreement.

In turn, The Circle Conference, a series of film industry forums and workshops held during Abu Dhabi’s Middle East International Film Festival, will host filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand later this year.

“Executives from ADFC and the 37 Degrees South Market will select production companies to receive bursaries to travel to both countries and take part in these innovative industry events,” ADFC said in a statement.

“This year’s conference will host special panel discussions including women in film, documentary production, natural history filmmaking, and location filming workshops promoting Abu Dhabi’s various opportunities,” the statement said.

ADFC recently announced the dates of this year’s The Circle Conference, which is set to be held from October 9-11.

Registration for The Circle event closes on September 15.

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