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Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54) announces the launch of the region’s first incentive scheme

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twofour54, the media & creative industries hub and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54), have launched the region’s first incentive scheme as it looks to accelerate Abu Dhabi as the first choice for international and regional producers needing location, production and post-production services. The scheme will be operational from September 1st.  The incentive, in the form of a rebate of up to 30% of qualifying spend in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, will be available fo...

ADFF 2011 awards and wrap news!

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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 Films Jim Poe 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 and Vince...

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)  ...

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...

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,...

ABU DHABI FILM FESTIVAL 2011

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Last night, October 13, 2011, saw the grand opening of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) 2011. This year the festival will run from October 13-22. Filmmakers, stars, film professionals, press, politicians, royalty, civilians, even the Sheikh himself will attend this much talked about and much anticipated (one of my personal favorites) festival in the heart of the UAE. Check here for dailies and headlines of the festival.    Check out home page of the festival here: www.a...

Tribeca Jury announced

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), today announced its jurors – a diverse and talented group of 38 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers and screenwriters, celebrated actors, respected journalists and media pioneers. They will be divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 28 hosted by Gideon Yago, which will be streamed live on TribecaFilm.com. The 2011 Fe...

Film Festival News Break...Cairo, Egypt!

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  I posted this article (below) back in October after having attended the screening of this documentary, Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace (2009), at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010. In light of the recent controversy in Egypt and impinging further contention, I feel that this film could not have been released at a better time, nor can it be more relevant. A fellow filmmaker and Cairo native stated this in regards to the situation as is today: "The difference betwee...

The Birthday

Director: Luiza Parvu.
Adina tries to make a birthday for herself, but this is not an easy job for a lonely bus ticket saleswoman, living alone in the old apartment of her late parents. She finds an unusual way of spending the day, when she decides to call a professional party entertainer agency.The Birthday is a sincere and sensitive short film about the need to get close to someone and, at the same time, the impossibility of doing it. The motivation of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Short Competition jury, who awarded this film with the 2nd Prize was: 'The jury found this film effectively acted and directed to express a young woman's sense of isolation, but there is a stubborn hope in despair which resonated with us.'

Jason Blum speaks on 'Independent Features in Global Market'

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After a week in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 14-23) 2010, I am now in London for the BFI LFF.     While screening films here at the BFI LFF, I took the opportunity to go outside of the festival to see Blumhouse Productions' latest super hit, 'Paranormal Activity 2'. And wow, what a pleasant surprise! I love this film. While I appreciated the first, I rave about the sequel. Many people I talk to roll their eyes when they hear 'Paranormal Acti...

Jason Blum speaks on 'Independent Features in Global Market'

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After a week in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 14-23) 2010, I am now in London for the BFI LFF. While screening some fantastic (and some not so fantastic) films here at the BFI LFF, I took the opportunity to go outside of the festival to see Blumhouse Productions' latest super hit, 'Paranormal Activity 2'. And wow, what a pleasant surprise! I love this film. While I appreciated the first, I rave about the sequel. Most people I talk to roll their eyes when they hear 'Paranorm...

The Circle Conference at Abu Dhabi

So, here is my way late up to date on The Circle Conference in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival during October 13-15, 2010... What a great and informative time this was. It took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi and received renowned filmmakers from around the world on panel to discuss the future of international cinema today. The topics of rhetorical (and sometimes highly debatable) conve

Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace

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Director Harry Hunkele and producer Matthew Tollin make a Q and A for their hot and controversial film at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Film Festival. javascript:mceToggle('edit-body',%20'wysiwyg4body'); Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace (2009). 'Back Door Channels' is a creatively made documentary about the 'back door' (unofficial meetings) Camp David Accords which took place between USA, Egypt and Israel in 1979. It features never before seen footage of the numerous meeting...

Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace

Director Harry Hunkele and producer Matthew Tollin make a Q and A for their hot and controversial film at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Film Festival.   Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace (2010). 'Back Door Channels' is a creatively made documentary about the 'back door' (unofficial meetings) Camp David Accords which took place between USA, Egypt and Israel in 1979. It features never before seen footage o

Sunset in b-UAE-tiful Abu Dhabi

Wow! What a place for a film festival! This was a special festival aimed at the discussions and concerns on new world cinema and most importantly, new pan-Arabic cinema. When I arrived in Bahrain airport and passed through customs, the customs officer asked my reason for heading further for Abu Dhabi. I told him I was to attend the Abu Dhabi film festival for a conference on new Arabic cinema. He laughed in my fa

Cirkus Columbia at ADFF

New film by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic currently in competition at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Read article here: http://ticketing.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/eng/film.aspx?ID=3147 Read interview with actress Jelena Stupljanin here: http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/cirkus_columbia    

International Pavilion of the Day: Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi Pavilion           Returning to the International Pavilion this year is capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi. The pavilion is being co-hosted by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC), the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Imagenation Abu Dhabi and industry services company twofour54. The main goal of this pavilion is to present to filmmakers the idea of Abu Dhabi as...

Iraq's Buried Memories

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  In a first for the Berlinale, a film from Iraq had its world premiere last evening in the Panorama section. SON OF BABYLON, co-written and directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji, is a stirring drama about coming to terms with tragedy and moving forward despite the burden of personal loss. Filmed in stark poetic set pieces, the film follows the journey of a Kurdish grandmother and her precocious grandson as they travel (mostly on foot) to discover the fate of the boy's father, who has been miss...

Toronto Film Festival Party Hopping

 Sunday, September 7------Let me make this one point perfectly clear.....I come to a film festival to see films, network with professionals, experience the host city and then (and only then) do the party circuit. While I am as much of a fan of passed hors d'oeuvres as any sane person can be, I don't think of festivals as one long party romp. But on the occasional evening I do give into temptation and do a roundelay of party events, to see and be seen, to feed and be fed, to drink and to be drun...

Abu Dhabi Film Commission launches from Cannes with a festival

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His Excellency Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan Chairman, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage invited the Cannes festival professionnals at Mint Villa to celebrate the launch of the Middle East International Film Festival and The Abu Dhabi Film Commission.Embracing both the art and business of film, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival aims to become the essential destination for film-makers looking to reach global audiences. The upcoming Abu Dhabi Film Festival will play host to financiers, studi...

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