ADFF and Sanad open for entries

Festival and grant scheme seeking talent.
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 The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) has opened its call for entries for the seventh edition of the Festival, to be held October 24 – November 2, 2013. Entries will be accepted until July 15, 2013. 

The Festival welcomes feature length or short narrative and documentary films from all over the world for its variety of competitive and non-competitive sections:

Narrative Competition - An international selection of feature-length fiction films.

Documentary Competition - An international selection of non-fiction feature-length films.

New Horizons Competition - An international selection of first and second feature-length narrative films.

Short Films Competition - An international selection of narrative and documentary short films.

Emirates Film Competition - devoted to short films from the UAE and GCC countries, this section presents some of the Gulf’s leading filmmaking talent with an array of awards aimed at helping to support the continued development of the local film industry.

Showcase - A panorama of outstanding recent narrative and documentary features. Films in Showcase are eligible for the Audience Choice Award.

Our World - A panorama of incisive cutting edge films that raise awareness of environmental and/or social related issues.

Special Programs - Restorations and retrospectives, as well as specially curated programs and presentations focusing on exciting developments and trends in filmmaking around the world.

Films submitted to the festival should have had their first public screening after November 1st, 2012 and should not have any public screening in the Middle East before the screening at ADFF.

ADFF honors exceptional achievements in film with the Black Pearl Awards and with significant cash prizes. Prizes can often facilitate future projects from outstanding talents from around the globe.

Complete information regarding eligibility is available at

SANAD, the development and post-production fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, is also accepting applications for second cycle grants from June 1 until July 1, 2013. Full information is available at

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