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David Drummond joins BigPond® Adelaide Film Festival as General Manager

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BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF) is delighted to announce respected Scottish film identity, David Drummond as its new General Manager. David comes to BAFF with over ten year's film festival experience with the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) where he worked within both the programming and administration departments. Amongst his many achievements was the co- production of the ‘Mirrorball' music and street culture strand which since its introduction toured extensi...

Record applications to the upcoming Berlinale Talent Campus

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"Cinema Needs Talent: Looking for the Right People" is the theme for the upcoming Berlinale Talent Campus. The Campus itself is far from lacking talent: In its eighth year of existence, the Campus has once again reached record numbers of applications from young international filmmakers. The interest has never been stronger: 4773 applications from 145 countries, nearly a thousand more than last year. Applications came in from 13 new countries as well, including Burundi, Guinea, Montenegro and Sai...

MEIFF Abu Dhabi jury members

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The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled an illustrious roster of respected film industry professionals who will serve as jury members for the 2009 Middle East International Film Festival. Comprised of some of the most prominent names in global cinema today, the MEIFF 2009 juries bring added prestige to what is already one of the most ground-breaking film programs ever assembled in the region. The much anticipated Narrative Feature Competition will be spearheaded by int...

Middle East Fest unveils juries

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The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled an illustrious roster of respected film industry professionals who will serve as jury members for the 2009 Middle East International Film Festival. Comprised of some of the most prominent names in global cinema today, the MEIFF 2009 juries bring added prestige to what is already one of the most ground-breaking film programs ever assembled in the region.The much anticipated Narrative Feature Competition will be spearheaded by inte...

Nashwa Al Ruwaini elected as member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Media Personality and CEO of UAE-based production company Pyramedia, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, was unanimously elected last week as a member of the prestigious International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With over 20 years of experience in the television industry in the Middle East, Nashwa has built a massively successful reputation for content creation in the Middle East.  After 11 years of presenting and creating content for the Middle East Broadcasting corporation (MBC), Nashwa estab...

Abu Dhabi will run a program of silent film comedies

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The 2009 Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi today announced a special program of silent film comedies to be shown in pristine archival prints and accompanied by live music. The festival is proud to present “LAUGH TILL IT HURTS” Friday, October 16 at 4pm at the Cinestar Cinemas in the Marina Mall. The films to be presented include early 2-reelers by two of the titans of silent film comedy, Charlie Chaplin (The Immigrant, 1916) and Buster Keaton (One Week, 1920), along with a...

Abu Dhabi lineup of Gala evening screenings

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The lineup of Gala evening screenings was announced today for the third Middle East International Film Festival to be held October 8-17 in Abu Dhabi. Among the festival’s highest-profile offerings, these nine films include, in the words of the Festival’s Executive Director Peter Scarlet, ‘’far more than the minimum daily requirement of big-names – in the cast, or behind the camera, and on the Festival’s red carpet.” The Festival’s Centerpiece offering will be the World Premiere o...

Abu Dhabi’s Film Festival continues to release its program highlights

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The much-anticipated third edition of the Middle East International Film Festival today announced the sixteen selections to be screened out of competition in its World Cinema Showcase lineup. Peter Scarlet, the Festival’s Executive Director commented, “The lineup for World Cinema Showcase presents an impressive group of films, many of which have already earned recognition at other international film festivals around the world this past year.”MEIFF’s World Cinema Showcase offers a plethor...

Abu Dhabi's Film Festival Announces its Narrative & Documentary Feature Selections

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Egypt's The Traveler (Al Mosafer) with Omar Sharif to screen as Opening Night Gala The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled the lineup of the feature-length narratives and documentaries that will compete for Black Pearl Awards worth over $1 million during the upcoming Festival. Presented by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, this year's MEIFF will run from October 8 to 17. Peter Scarlet, the festival's new Executive Director commented, "...

Peter Scarlet to Host World Cinema Series "Cinemondo" on Link TV

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Link TV has announced the line-up for the fourth season of "Cinemondo," the nationally broadcast world cinema series hosted and co-curated by renowned festival programmer Peter Scarlet, who was recently appointed to the post of Executive Director of the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in Abu Dhabi. The new season features U.S. television premieres of an outstanding international line-up of independent films from Israel, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, and the first U.S. broa...

NEWSLETTER N° 407: March 18, 2009

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New dates for the Middle East International Film Festival

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The Middle East International Film Festival executives announce dates for 2009 editionA month after returning from the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, the Middle East International Film Festival executives have announced the new dates for the 2009 Festival. To be held at the Emirates Palace, the third edition of MEIFF will take place from October 8-17 and will have a number of exciting projects that will be announced over the next few months and which promise to bring an even greater sl...

Nashwa Al Ruwaini MEIFF Director to participate as juror in the 2009 International Digital Emmy® Awards

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Arab media personality and Executive Director of the Middle East International Film Festival, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, has been invited to participate as a juror in the category of non-fiction for the 2009 International Digital Emmy® Awards (IDEA). This is the fourth year that The International Academy of Television Arts and Science host the awards which will recognize excellence in content created and designed for viewer interaction and/or delivery on a digital platform. Three Emmy® ...

Nashwa Al Ruwaini to participate as juror in the 2009 International Digital Emmy® Awards

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Arab media personality and Executive Director of the Middle East International Film Festival, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, has been invited to participate as a juror in the category of non-fiction for the 2009 International Digital Emmy® Awards (IDEA). This is the fourth year that The International Academy of Television Arts and Science host the awards which will recognize excellence in content created and designed for viewer interaction and/or delivery on a digital platform. Three Emmy® Awards for Digi...

MEIFF Tribute Award Ceremony Honouring Sir Ben Kingsley and Nacer Khemir

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  In line with the Middle East International Film Festival's (MEIFF) objective of advancing the development and creation of social and humanitarian cinema, MEIFF organisers - the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) -presented five special Tribute Awards to industry giants Saturday evening at Emirates Palace.   Sir Ben Kingsley was presented with an Honorary Black Pearl Award for Cross Cultural Contributions to Cinema by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamm...

MEIFF Abu Dhabi ready to open

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More than 130 films from 35 countries will be screened at the second edition of the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and being held over an expanded ten enthralling days from 10th to 19th October 2008 in Abu Dhabi.“MEIFF has positioned itself as one of the most important regional cinema events in a relatively short span of time,” said MEIFF’s Vice Chairman and ADACH’s Director General His Excellency Moh...

Sir Ben Kingsley to attend Abu Dhabi with Gandhi

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Sir Ben Kingsley will attend the special presentation screening of the award-winning film Ghandi on Saturday 11th October at Emirates Palace for the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) 2008. The film, which has been dubbed into Arabic will have its first local premiere at an international film festival giving the dubbed film global outreach. Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, Ghandi was a critical and box-office success when it made its worldwide debut in 1982 - and was the most a...

Environmental Films Abu Dabi does some green too

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The second edition of the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) announced today the selection of films to be shown in the “Festival of Festivals” and the “Environmental” programmes. They are considered by many to be the most exciting programmes taking place during MEIFF to be held in Abu Dhabi from 10th to 19th October 2008.“This initiative is important in that it brings to the local community internationa...

Middle East Int Film Fest to premiere key Arabic films

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The Middle East International Film Festival will premiere some of the most important Arabic films of the season Abu Dhabi: Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Vice Chairman of the Middle East International Film Festival, has announced that the second year of the festival will premiere seven films from the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Syria. These films, to be shown in the International Competition Feature Film and Documentary sections, are some of the most important recent Arabic films. Premiering a...

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° 335: October 17, 2007

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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...

Bollywood at The Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi

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The Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) unveils its international star-studded guest line-up at the Opening Night Gala, featuring Joe Wright’s critically acclaimed international film, ATONEMENT, and a spectacular after-party on October 14, 2007. Celebrated choreographer Otis Sallid will be producing the Opening and Closing Night presentations.From Bollywood…An impressive all-star Bollywood line-up ensures that MEIFF asserts itself as a major force in the international ...

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