Dubai International Film Festival has announced the final call for entries to its 2009 Muhr Awards, which will accept submissions until August 31.
The Festival’s Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica Awards offer more than US$575,000 in prize money for the best feature films, cast and crew, short films and documentaries.
Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of DIFF, said the Muhr Awards aims to put talented filmmakers and exemplary films on the fast track to regional and international success.
“In the three years since its inception, the Muhr Awards have recognised more than 50 Arab filmmakers and film talents. In 2009, we expect exponential growth in the number of entries based on the overwhelmingly positive response in previous years. There is a tremendous amount of talent in this region, and DIFF is working to give those films and individuals the support and exposure they deserve,” Al Ali commented.
Feature films entered for the Muhr Arab competition are also eligible for the Prize of the International Critics offered by the prestigious International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), a DIFF partner.
All entries should be produced after September 1, 2008 and must not have been screened elsewhere in the Gulf region, except for films screened at the 2009 Gulf Film Festival. All Muhr films must be directed by filmmakers of Arab nationality or origin, for the Muhr Arab Awards, or Asian/African nationals for the Muhr AsiaAfrica. The subject and storyline of the film should be centered on the filmmaker’s native history or culture.
Besides submitting their entries on or before August 31, 2009, filmmakers must also complete their online application process at the www.dubaifilmfest.com to be eligible for the awards.