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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 panel. The organiser, as always, […]

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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 60-second shorts on the theme […]

Film

How a robot in love made it to the big screen

Now you might have thought puppets were for kids, and a sweet tale about a robot falling in love might be a tad insubstantial. You’d be wrong. Nufonia Must Fall is indeed a charming, touchingly intimate tale; but it’s delivered […]

Film

Top script award at DIFF for Eman Talal Alsayed

The closing night of the Dubai International Film Festival included some good news for Emirati filmmaking, with the top prize in the Arab Film Studio (AFS) Scriptwriting competition going to Eman Talal Alsayed. Alsayed collected the accolade at the Muhr […]

Art

Online art: film poster auction

Artscoops, the fairly new Beirut-based online gallery specialising in MENA art, ran a live auction earlier this year featuring Arabic film posters. Now a second round is under way, with bids closing on 14 December. As before, there’s a fascinating […]

Film

Gulf film gets a voice

The third GCC Film Festival is coming to the UAE, with screenings at Novo Cinemas in Abu Dhabi Mall between 16 and 20 October. The event – first held in Doha in 2012, with the only other edition in Kuwait […]

Film

Image Nation and DIFF partner again on Enjaaz grants

The Dubai Film Market, the business counterpart of the Dubai International Film Festival, has again partnered with Image Nation Abu Dhabi on the Enjaaz production support programme. Enjaaz provides post-production funding for filmmakers of Arab nationality or origin (there’s a […]