The Gulf Film Festival (GFF) announced today that the 7th Gulf Film Festival held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) will take place from Wednesday 9 April until Tuesday 15 April 2014. The Festival champions creativity and originality by showcasing a week of public screenings of unique, cutting-edge regional and international cinema to audiences in the UAE.
The 6th edition of GFF featured 169 films from 43 countries bringing together filmmakers, students, new talent, professionals and film fans for a celebration of cinema from the Gulf region and beyond.
In addition the Festival Centre buzzed with the inaugural Gulf Film Market, an augmented industry offering. The new platform unites the festival’s industry initiatives and is aimed at developing the film industry in the GCC through training, mentorship and funding opportunities for film professionals at all stages in their careers.
GFF Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: “We received overwhelmingly positive feedback on our 6th edition and our first Gulf Film Market which we hope to grow year on year in response to the needs of GCC filmmakers. The Gulf Film Market provides support at every stage of production which contributes to more projects seeing the light of day and the quality and quantity of the film submissions we receive improves radically each year. Our focus for the 7th edition of the GFF is to contribute as much as possible to building on that structure, and as the industry matures, we hope to see incredible output from film professionals in the region and bringing their work to screens in the UAE.”