The Gulf Film Festival is now accepting entries to its Film and Script Competition categories. The last date for submission is February 15.
GFF, which will be held in Dubai from April 8-14 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and will grant $132,000 in cash prizes this year to winners.
GFF chairman and Dubai Culture board member Abdulhamid Juma described the festival as “one of the key initiatives of the Authority that provides filmmakers from the Gulf a vibrant platform for growth, allowing the regional film industry to strive for international recognition".
Last year, the festival screened 169 films from 32 countries, and featured 47 world premieres and 18 international premieres.
Festival director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said that more entries were expected this year.
“In just two years, the Gulf Film Festival has created a groundswell of interest in filmmaking in the region, especially among the youth. This is an exciting foundation on which to build, and we’re anticipating even more entries than last year into the various categories of the 2010 event.”
The competition is only open to films from select Arab countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Yemen and Iraq.