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Middle East International Film Festival

MEIFF Announces Winners of 2009 Black Pearl Awards

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The Closing Ceremony for the third annual Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) was held at the Emirates Palace Hotel on Saturday evening. During the ceremony, celebrity guests including Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom and Eva Mendes presented the 2009 Black Pearl Awards to the winners of MEIFF’s competitions.The awards were the culmination of 10 days of cinema, with 128 films screened. Seventeen Narrative Features, fourteen Documentary Features, twenty‐five Short Films, and ten Stu...

The MEIFF delegation to Berlin

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Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and Middle East International Film Festival executives conclude Berlinale delegationAbu Dhabi, 25th February 2009: ADACH and MEIFF executives along with MEIFF film programmers concluded their week long delegation to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, returning to Abu Dhabi with a handful of potential co-operations and films for this year’s Middle East International Film Festival and other ADACH film-related projects. The delegation to Berl...

Thoughts on 2008 Dubai International Film Festival.

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Held from December 11th-18th in Dubai’s luxurious Madinat Jemeirah’s conference center embedded in an upscale tourist resort with screening in other venues, the Dubai film festival is racing to be number one in the region. Catering to about 750 official participants who attended as guests and numerous other professionals, the program featured 181 films from 66 countries. More than 20 well attended industry events and panels were held ranging from marketing and distribution issues to cas...

MEIFF 2008 announces winners of Black Pearl Awards

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The official Black Pearl Awards ceremony for the second annual Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage ADACH) was presented at Emirates Palace on Sunday 19th October.The awards were the culmination of ten action-packed days of cinema, with 152 movies and 186 screenings shown in five Abu Dhabi venues. A total of 76 feature films and 34 short films from over 35 countries competed for the MEIFF 2008 Black Pearl Awards.Winners of...

Highlight on Arab Women Directors at MEIFF

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MEIFF to the achievements of “Arab Women Directors” & showcases a strong line-up in the “retrospective” on PalestineThe Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is keeping up the momentum of its second edition with two of its most unique and important programmes: Arab Women Directors and a Retrospective on Palestine.Arab Women DirectorsThe Director of MEIFF, Nashwa Al Ruwaini explained that the Arab Women Dire...

60 films in competition at Middle East International Film Fest

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Over 60 films from 32 countries around the world will take part in the Official Competition for this year's Middle East International Film Festival, running October 10-19, 2008.This year’s festival will see 138 films screened from East to West, up from 80 films in MEIFF’s inaugural festival in 2007. This year’s Official Competition is comprised of four sections: feature, documentary, short films and student films."I am pleased to say that MEIFF 2008 has attracted some of the top films, fil...

MEIFF to pay tribute to actress Jane Fonda

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The Middle East International Film Festival 2008 announces its Special Presentation Films with ‘The Brothers Bloom’ to open MEIFF The organizers of the second Middle East International Film Festival, to be held from October 10-19, announced the special presentations line-up today at a press conference held at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). Unveiling the special presentation screenings were Vice Chairman of MEIFF and Director General of ADACH, Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazr...

NEWSLETTER N° 336: October 24, 2007

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NEWSLETTER N° 335: October 17, 2007

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FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more ...

NEWSLETTER N° 334: October 10, 2007

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FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more ...

NEWSLETTER N° 328: August 28, 2007

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NEWSLETTER N° 324: July 18th, 2007

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FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ Ischia Global Fest Dailies from Bruno Chatelin on fest21.com Ambience from Ischia ...

Winners Announced At Inaugural Middle East International Film Festival

 Monday, October 21--------The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards at the Closing Night Ceremony held at the Emirates Palace  on Saturday evening. The Black Pearl trophy (designed by Mohammed Gomaa) is a handmade sculpture representing the beautiful and rare black pearl originally discovered in the pristine waters of the Abu Dhabi coastline, and a symbol that is an integral part of Abu Dhabi history and culture. The Bla...

Award Winners At Inaugural Middle East International Film Festival

 Monday, October 21--------The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards at the Closing Night Ceremony held at the Emirates Palace  on Saturday evening. The Black Pearl trophy (designed by Mohammed Gomaa) is a handmade sculpture representing the beautiful and rare black pearl originally discovered in the pristine waters of the Abu Dhabi coastline, and a symbol that is an integral part of Abu Dhabi history and culture. The Bla...

Winners of the Black Pearl announced in Abu Dhabi

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INAUGURAL MIDDLE EAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – ABU DHABI BLACK PEARL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCEDProducer Peter Bouckaert, and Director Nic Balthazar of BEN XWinner of the Black Pearl Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000 Michael James Rowland of LUCKY MILESWinner of Black Pearl Jury Prize for Best New Director (Feature Film). The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000Ensemble Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Mouka...

Abu Dhabi Hosts Inaugural Middle East International Film Festival

 Tuesday, October 8--------Launching a major international film festival in less than six months time is, among other things, a major crap shoot (can one get the films, the celebrtities and the industry movers and shakers on board?). When the announcements began coming out on the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival, there were skeptics in the roving band of film festival circuit wanderers who openly questioned whether an event of magnitude could be pulled off in such a short peri...

The Film Financing Circle (FFC) in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi

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The Film Financing Circle (FFC) is an integral program in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi and takes place from October 15 – 17, 2007 at the Emirates Palace. The FFC today announced two-time Academy AwardÒ-winner Paul Haggis will teach a master writing class for 50 exceptionally talented filmmakers, that is sure to provide an engaging discussion about socially and politically astute filmmaking in the Middle East.  Haggis’ writing credits include Academy Aw...

The Film Financing Circle panels in Abu Dhabi

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The Film Financing Circle (FFC) is an integral program in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi and takes place from October 15 – 17, 2007 at the Emirates Palace. The FFC today announced two-time Academy AwardÒ-winner Paul Haggis will teach a master writing class for 50 exceptionally talented filmmakers, that is sure to provide an engaging discussion about socially and politically astute filmmaking in the Middle East. Haggis’ writing credits include Academy Awa...

Harvey Weinstein kicks off Film Financing Circle with keynote conversation

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 The Film Financing Circle (FFC) is an integral program in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.  The FFC takes place from October 15 - 17, 2007 at the Emirates Palace, and presents a multifaceted approach to elevating the international entertainment community's awareness of Abu Dhabi's emergence onto the film scene. The FFC encompasses several extraordinary events guaranteed to optimize networking connections between international financiers and film executives f...

Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) announces their Special Presentations

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) is thrilled to announce their Special Presentations including the Opening Night Film.   MEIFF will kick off its impressive first annual event on Sunday, October 14th with Joe Wright’s ATONEMENT starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Veteran choreographer Otis Sallid will direct the Opening Night and Closing Night Galas’ dance numbers.   His Excellency Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority ...

Abu Dhabi launches iPod compatible format Hayah Film Competition

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Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) and The Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi Women’s College is proud to present the Hayah Film Competition in association with EmiratesMac Apple User Group. Developed in the spirit of innovation and new technology, the Hayah Film Competition encourages creativity from filmmakers throughout the UAE and the Middle East. “Hayah” means “life” in Arabic and the theme for the competition is “life at the size of an iPod ...

Hayah Film Competition in association with EmiratesMac Apple User Group.

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Middle East International Film Festival - Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) and The Higher Colleges of Technology's Abu Dhabi Women's College is proud to present the Hayah Film Competition in association with EmiratesMac Apple User Group.  Developed in the spirit of innovation and new technology, the Hayah Film Competition encourages creativity from filmmakers throughout the UAE and the Middle East. "Hayah" means "life" in Arabic and the theme for the competition is "life at the si...

Film Financing Circle central program in the first annual Middle East Film Fest – Abu Dhabi

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A central program in the first annual Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (October 14-19, 2007) is the Film Financing Circle (FFC), taking place October 15-17, 2007. Located at the luxurious Emirates Palace, the event is comprised of several extraordinary elements guaranteed to optimize networking connections for industry insiders and power players attending from around the world.“Since the conception of the festival, I have wanted to offer an arena where global financiers, e...

Inaugural Middle East International Film Festival staff in place

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The official website has launched (www.meiff.com) for the first annual Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), premiering October 14-19, 2007; and the Call for Entries is now under way. Over five days, MEIFF will present more than 50 films within a diverse slate of regional and international films with an emphasis on emerging artists. Grand Jury Prize winners will receive substantial production grants towards the funding of their next project, awarded in the categories of Narrative, Do...

festival veteran Jon Fitzgerald to assume the role of Abu Dhabi Festival Director

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The recently announced Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF), which will take place October 12-17, 2007, continues to gain momentum. MEIFF will be produced by Pyramedia, LLC, a media production and entertainment company based in the United Arab Emirates with offices in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Riyadh, London and New York. Considered a major coup, the Festival has secured festival veteran Jon Fitzgerald to assume the role of Festival Director. Over the past fifteen years, Jon...
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