Magazine article Screen International

Abu Dhabi Film Festival Shuttered

Magazine article Screen International

Abu Dhabi Film Festival Shuttered

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The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) has been closed down after eight years as part of a restructure by the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi (MZA).

The festival offered a mix of films from the region, independent cinema and more mainstream fare, as well as on-stage industry discussions and interviews with actors and film-makers.

Last year's edition, which ran from Oct 23-Nov 1, opened with Ali Mostafa's Emerati film From A to B and closed with Disney animation Big Hero 6, with nearly 200 films from more than 60 countries included. Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan won the festival's top prize, the Black Pearl Award.

According to a statement, the MZA has taken the move to focus on "targeted initiatives to further support local and Arab filmmakers and attract more film productions to Abu Dhabi".

Furious 7 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are among the most high profile films to shoot in the region, taking advantage of Abu Dhabi Film Commission's 30% cash-back rebate on all qualifying spend

The restructure will not impact the SANAD Fund, which provides financial support for Emirati and Arab film projects during their development and post-production stages. Details of the next session of submissions for SANAD are set to be announced soon. …

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