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Dubai org spins off Gulf film fest

Event will run April 9-15

LONDON — The Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority announced plans Monday for a new Gulf Film Festival.

Unspooling April 9-15, fest will be held in association with Dubai Studio City.

The fest will be dedicated to films from across the Persian Gulf, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Yemen and Iraq.

Dubai film fest director Masoud Amralla Al Ali will top the pan-Gulf fest. “We are proud to support an initiative that furthers our mandate of promoting Arab cinema,” said Dubai fest chairman Abdulhamid Juma.

The fest’s film competition will award prizes of $13,500 and $9,500 for first and second prize. Cash prizes will also be on offer to shorts and docs from the Gulf.

Fest will hold a screenwriters’ contest and student competish, with development coin ranging from $13,500 to $7,000. All prize funds in the screenwriting competition must be used to produce a film in the UAE, to be screened at the following year’s Gulf fest.

All entrants must be Gulf nationals.

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