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Sea Shadow cast at closing party

Actors Omar Al Mulla (Mansoor) and Neven Madi (Kaltham) of the Emirati film SEA SHADOW (2011) hanging out at closing party on final night of ADFF 2011 photo by Vanessa McMahon

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 ...

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

Screenwriter Mohammed Hasan Ahmed speaks with Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi when they presented their film SEA SHADOW (2011) for the first ever premier of an Emirati directed film at ADFF! The film screened to a sold out theater and has been picked up by Fortissimo Films. See SEA SHADOW!  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Sea Shadow premier, Abu Dhabi

Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Film Festival introduces SEA SHADOW (2011) by Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

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...

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...

Nawaf Al Janahi's SEA SHADOW signs with Empire and Fortissimo

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Nawaf Al-Janahi News... "Sea Shadow with Empire & FortissimoAbu Dhabi, 27 August 2011... ...In one of the most important steps in supporting Emirati cinema, Imagenation Abu Dhabi has signed two exclusive deals to distribute Nawaf Al-Janahi's new feature film "Sea Shadow", and its other locally produced films. The first deal is with Empire International who will handle the distribution to theaters and on DVD throughout the Arab world, while the second deal is with Forti...

Nawaf Al-Janahi's 'The Circle'

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One of my favorite films this year that I couldn't wait to see since first learning about it at the 2010 Taormina Film Festival was The Circle (2009) by the young and up and coming director Nawaf Al-Janahi from Abu Dhabi. Born on the same year and only four days after me, I have to admit my pride to be a '77 aquarian when seeing such greatness. The Circle left me in deep contemplation about life and indeed as soon as it ended, I found myself watching it immediately a second time. Here to speak w...

The Dubai Film Market: Interview with the Director Ziad Yaghi

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As noted in our February 4th write up, setting up the first regional film market is part of a comprehensive strategy by the Emirate of Dubai to create a sophisticated media infrastructure. It includes dating Dubai media city for electronic and print media with 1300 mostly foreign companies; Dubai Internet City; the International Media Production Zone; Dubai Studio City housing the biggest and technologically most advanced studio facility in the Middle East; and the five year old Dubai Internatio...

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...

Dubai International Film Festival Awards

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) drew to a close last night with a stunning award ceremony to recognize the best films in the festival and in the AsiaAfrica and Arab Muhr Competitions. The Muhr Awards was expanded this year to include a new AsiaAfrica segment, which embraces films from emerging markets. Some of the entries were submitted from Afghanistan, Turkey, Cameroon and Kazakhstan. The Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema was strong than ever this year, with an incr...

Dubai to feature 3 new sections and a film market

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The 2008 edition of the Dubai International Film Festival features 12 programmes that will showcase cinema of all genres from all over the world.Selected films will be placed in the appropriate programme by DIFF management in consultation with the filmmaker. While DIFF welcomes international submissions, it should be noted that the non-Arab section of the festival is limited to only 60 films and presently does not include short films.The Cultural BridgeThe Cultural Bridge programme is one of the...

Dubai Fest launches ‘The Scene: Your UAE Film Network,’ Monthly screenings at the DUCTAC auditorium at Mall of the Emirates

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today introduced its new initiative, ‘The Scene: Your UAE Film Network,’ a series of monthly screenings at the DUCTAC auditorium at Mall of the Emirates, facilitated by UAE National filmmaker Nayla al Khaja. The first screening will be held November 30, and will showcase three award-winning films by Arab filmmakers. The series is dedicated to films that have not been commercially released in the UAE.  Director and producer al Khaja, whose short f...

MEIFF - ABU DHABI, Announces ELAH and Gulf Region Films

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The Middle East International Film Festival - Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) today revealed its Closing Night Film, director Paul Haggis's IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, which is a story about a war veteran and his wife who are in search of their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has since gone missing. The Festival also named Nadine Labaki, director of CARAMEL, as the recipient of the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award. In support of Emirati filmmakers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company will...

MEIFF - ABU DHABI, Announces ELAH and Gulf Region Films

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) today revealed its Closing Night Film, director Paul Haggis’s IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, which is a story about a war veteran and his wife who are in search of their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has since gone missing. The Festival also named Nadine Labaki, director of CARAMEL, as the recipient of the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award. In support of Emirati filmmakers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company ...

DIFF Workshop to Explore Film as an Art and a Career at the Kids Press club

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today facilitated a talk with Dubai-based filmmaker Ali Faisal Mustafa, as part of a community outreach initiative to demystify cinema for young people and inspire them to pursue careers in the creative arts.The workshop was organized as a part of the activities for the Kids Press Club, Dubai Press Club’s annual summer camp for kids.Mustafa’s short film “Under the Sun” screened at DIFF 2005 and won the Emirates Film Competition in 2006. It has...

New Arab Film Competition at next Dubai Fest

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As the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) gathers momentum for its third edition this December, it is inviting submissions in the categories of features, shorts and documentaries to its new Arab Film Competition. “DIFF has launched an Arab Film Competition in order to fulfill one of its core objectives – showcasing and promoting excellence in Arab cinema,” commented Festival CEO, Neil Stephenson.The Competition satisfies this objective through carefully composed criteria - films must...

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