Imagenation Abu Dhabi backs first local project

Sea Shadow will showcase Emirati filmmaking talent.
Al-Janahi: Wants the world to sit up and take notice of UAE filmmaking.
Al-Janahi: Wants the world to sit up and take notice of UAE filmmaking.

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Imagenation Abu Dhabi has announced that the drama Sea Shadow will be the first in a series of Emirati films to be developed, financed and produced by the company.

Directed by Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi, and written by Mohamed Hassan Ahmad, Sea Shadow is a coming of age story that looks at first love, family relationships and traditional values.

The project is scheduled to begin shooting in the UAE in October/November 2010.

Abu Dhabi based Al-Janahi, 33, has directed and produced the short film Mirrors of Silence and full-length feature, The Circle, which premiered at the Gulf Film Festival in 2009.

Mohamed Hassan Ahmad has written short film scripts, television episodes, poetry and novels.

“We want the world’s movie industry to sit up and take notice of what we are doing here in the Emirates,” said Al-Janahi.

“Sea Shadow will help us do that. It is a perfect showcase for our local acting and filmmaking talent and offers genuine cultural insights that should be at the heart of all good films.”

Imagenation Abu Dhabi was launched in 2008 as a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC).

Imagenation Abu Dhabi is committed to funding Arabic as well as international productions and has partnerships with National Geographic Films, Warner Bros., and Singapore Media Development Authority (MDA) amongst others.

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