Magazine article Screen International

Gulf Fest Readies First Film Market

Magazine article Screen International

Gulf Fest Readies First Film Market

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The 6th Gulf Film Festival (GFF) has announced it will screen 169 films later this month for free to the public and will host the inaugural Gulf Film Market.

Features from 43 countries will be shown at Grand Cinemas in Dubai Festival City from April 11-17.

The festival will host 78 world premieres, 15 international premieres and 42 Middle East premieres.

It will open with a screening of Wadjda, the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia by the country's first female filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour, who will be in attendance. The film, which won three awards at Venice, debuted at GFF when it was at script stage.

During the opening ceremony, GFF will honour Kuwaiti playwright, actor and screenwriter Mohamed Jaber with a lifetime achievement award.

Last year, Jaber took the lead in Al Salhiyah, directed by Sadeq Behbehani.

Competitions

GFF comprises four prestigious competitions offering prize money of $136,000 (500,000 AED) for fiction and documentary films. The competitions include:

Gulf Films, split into two contests for features and short films;

Gulf Students' Shorts

International Shorts.

This year saw the highest number of entries to date, said festival director Masoud Amralla Al Ali: "This year we received an overwhelming amount of submissions from 138 countries.

"This is a testament to the festival as a platform for launching new work, as well as a measure of the rapid growth of the GCC film culture that has been embraced whole-heartedly, particularly by young people."

Gulf Film Market

The GFF will dedicate a number of industry activities under the umbrella of the inaugural Gulf Film Market, which will run from April 14-17 and geared towards GCC nations across the film business. …

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