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The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), powered by twofour54, is presented each October to help create a vibrant film culture throughout the region. With a focus on Arab cinema and the wealth of emerging and established film talent from around the world, ADFF has become one of the most anticipated cultural events in Abu Dhabi, helping to enhance the Emirate as a hub of creativity.  

Abu Dhabi Film Festival is committed to curating exceptional programs and engaging and educating the local community with their own and other cultures through the art of cinema. The work of Arab filmmakers is presented in competition with that of the international film industry’s most acclaimed talent.


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Black Pearl Awards at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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Tilda Swinton at Black Pearl Awards, ADFF 2011 -photo by Vanessa McMahon ADFF PRESS ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE BLACK PEARL AWARDS FOR ADFF 2011 ADFF Announces 2011 Black Pearl Awards for Feature FilmsJim Poe 21.10.2011 - On Friday night, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 Black Pearl Awards for feature-length films. Chicken with Plums, the acclaimed romantic fantasia set in pre-revolutionary Iran from French artists and filmmakers Marjane Satrapi a...

Variety Arabia!

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  Variety Arabia's Raja Sharif attended the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF 2011). Read the latest issues on their site for all that is up and coming in local pan-Arabic and world cinema! www.varietyarabia.com   Raja Sharif (right)  ...

Q and A of SEA SHADOW at ADFF 2011

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  UAE director Nawaf Al-Janahi presents SEA SHADOW at ADFF 2011                                     UAE native director Nawaf Al-Janahi held the premier to his latest film, SEA SHADOW (2011) at Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 in the Abu Dhabi Theater. After screening a ...

Short Film Winners Abu Dhabi 2011

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Best Producer Arben Zharku for The Wedding Tape  Short Film Winners! (ADFF PRESS)Jim Poe 20.10.2011 - On Thursday, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards for its two shorts competitions: the Emirates Film Competition (EFC) and the Short Film Competition. The awards were presented to the filmmakers in a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel. The EFC observes its 10th anniversary this year. It was one of the first outlets for filmma...

POLISSE at ADFF 2011

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POLISSE (France, 2011) by Actress/Director Maiwenn Le Besco screened in competition at 64th Cannes Film Festival Easily one of the best films I have seen all year which screened at this year's Abu Dhabi Film Festival, ADFF 2011, was POLISSE (France, 2011). POLISSE opened at Cannes and won the Special Jury Prize.    CANNES PRESS SYNOPSIS: The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Juvenile Protection Unit - taking in child molesters, busting underag...

Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson at ADFF 2011

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Environmental films played a key role in this year's Abu Dhabi Film Festival. One of the eco-docs to screen at the 2011 ADFF was ECO-PIRATE: The Story of Paul Watson (2011), a film that focuses on the notorious eco-pirate, Paul Watson, who once had been named ‘persona non grata’ in Iceland after he had sunk two whaling ships in the Reykjavik harbor in 1988. The film tackles a heated political debate from the 1970’s till present day about the whaling industry, which is responsible for decim...

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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  UAE native director Nawaf Al-Janahi held the premier to his latest film, SEA SHADOW (2011) at Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 in the Abu Dhabi Theater.SEA SHADOW is a heart-felt coming-of-age story about 16 year old Mansoor who lives in a small village on the Emirati coast. Mansoor struggles between his bursting feelings of first love in a notably reserve...

ADFF 2011

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October 13, 2011 saw the grand opening of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) 2011. This year the festival ran from October 13-22. Filmmakers and film enthusiasts attended this much talked about and much anticipated (one of my personal favorites) festival in the heart of the UAE.  Check out home page of the festival here: www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/video-abu-dhabi-2011-time-lapseand watch the TIME LAPSE: 'ABU DHABI 2011'... It's amazing!!!  photos from last year's festival, ADFF 2010,...

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