Al Ain Film Festival kicks off with 47 films on the 23rd of this month Gulf newspaper

The activities of the Al Ain Film Festival will be launched with 47 films in its fourth session, which will be held in the city of Al Ain under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and in the presence of Sheikh Dr.

The festival continues to present and screen a bouquet of the most prominent local, Gulf, Arab and international films, including premieres and exclusives.

Amer Salmeen Al-Marri, founder and general manager of the festival, said during a press conference held the day before yesterday: “The Seventh Art” fans will live 5 days in love with cinema, after the remarkable success achieved by the festival during the past 3 years, especially the past two years.

He added, “Despite the Corona crisis, and its impact on the artistic movement in the whole world, the festival was able to prove its presence and continuity, and to attract the most important and distinguished Arab and European films, some of which were nominated for the Oscars 2021, including the Algerian “Heliopolis” and the Egyptian ” Lama Bentold” and Al-Tunisi “The Man Who Sold His Back”, in addition to technical agreements and initiatives aimed at supporting cinema, its makers, and Emirati talents and talents, which contributed to the inclusion of the name of the Al Ain Festival on the map of film festivals in the region.

Al-Marri pointed out that this year’s edition has attracted many unique films in the festival’s various competitions, especially “The Long Gulf Falcon”, which competes for its grand prize with 4 Emirati films, “B82” by Khaled Mahmoud, “Safran” for Karama, and “Chromosome”. Ali Jamal, “When” by Saeed Rashid Saeed, and 3 Gulf films: the Saudi “Hayat a Woman” by Samir Aref, the Bahraini “Hawa” by Muhammad Al-Qaffas, and the Omani “The Marriage” by Salah Al-Hadrami.

He stated that 47 films are scheduled to compete in the official festival competitions, in the “Emirati Short Falcon” 15 films, “The Long and Short Gulf Falcon” 15 films, “The Falcon for Student Films” 8 films, and “The Falcon for Residents Films” 9 films.

Al-Marri noted that Al Ain Film Festival will continue its cooperation with the European Union delegation to the UAE, as 3 films from Poland, Latvia and Lithuania were selected to be broadcast on the festival screens in a Gulf premiere.

He revealed a new initiative that sheds light on the most prominent productions of short Emirati films that deserve to be included and shown within the “classic corner” because of their ideas and purposeful social implications. » by Abdullah Hassan Ahmed, and «bab» by Walid Al-Shehhi.

He stated that one of the initiatives launched by the festival in its fourth session is the “Encyclopedia of Emirati Cinema”, which is an archival book that includes the history and stages of the development of cinema in the Emirates, its path and achievements over the past 50 years, with the aim of providing knowledge content to the Gulf and Arab reader in this regard, and for the encyclopedia to be It serves as a reference for researchers, specialists, creators, students and all filmmakers.

Al-Marri revealed that the festival continues to celebrate the most prominent filmmakers in the region within the “Achievements of Artists” program, and they are in this session: the late Kuwaiti producer, writer and director Khaled Al-Siddiq, the Emirati producer and artist Sultan Al Neyadi, and the Egyptian film critic Tariq Al-Shennawi.

Said Salmeen, artistic director of the “Cinema of the World” program, pointed out during the conference that a group of films had been selected within it, after they participated in the most important festivals of the world and won multiple awards, including “feathers” by the Egyptian Omar Al-Zuhairi, “Al-Sit” by the Sudanese Suzanne Marghani, and “The Gift.” For the Palestinian Farah Nabulsi.

Al-Marri indicated that Al Ain Film Festival is returning to cooperate with the Abu Dhabi Festival, as the festival’s strategic cultural partner, in the Abu Dhabi Festival for Unimplemented Scenario competition.

Enriching the cultural vision of the UAE

Huda Ibrahim Al-Khamis, founder of the Abu Dhabi Group for Culture and Arts, founder and artistic director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, stressed during the press conference that “the group’s contribution to supporting the Al Ain Festival comes in line with its role in enriching the cultural vision of the UAE and consolidating the country’s position as a regional capital for culture and arts, by stimulating Arab creativity and enhancing its presence.” globally.”

She added: “Our partnership with Al Ain Film Festival continues to reflect our commitment to enabling the film industry to write scripts, acting, directing and production, and invest in young people to create innovative generations of filmmakers, directors and professionals.” The festival also contributes to highlighting the Emirati cultural industries as one of the pillars of the knowledge economy for the next fifty years.

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