Art

Local artists on film: the quick-start option

A few weeks ago we were sent a link to a five-minute YouTube vid of a Dubai artist talking about their work, inspiration and techniques. When you come across art and artists, you don’t usually […]

Architecture

50 To Follow

Here it is: the 2019 edition of magpie’s 50 To Follow. Like most retrospective lists, it’s intended as a conversation piece. We fully expect you to disagree with our inclusions, and with the (admittedly pretty […]

Family

SICFF returns, bigger and better than ever

The sixth Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2018) opens on 14 October and runs for six days. The first children’s film festival in the country (and indeed the region), it’s the biggest yet – 138 […]

Film

Cinema Akil gets a permanent home

Cinema Akil, for four years now the flagbearer for independent and arthouse cinema in the Emirates, is finally getting a permanent base – a small but fully equipped cinema in Alserkal Avenue. It will be […]

Festival

What future for the Dubai International Film Festival?

The future of the Dubai International Film Festival is in doubt, following the official announcement of “a new strategy to support the growth and evolution of the film and content industries in the region” that […]

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Family

Six days in Sharjah: films for kids

The fifth edition of Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF) takes place on 8-13 October. The six days will feature 124 films from 33 countries, selected from around 500 that were reviewed by SICFF’s expert […]

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Film

Open Call: Smovies Competition Season 6

The Smovies is a platform that provides filmmakers an opportunity to shoot their own films, and supports them by providing them a platform for the films to be viewed. This sixth edition is looking for […]