Tue Sep 10,2013

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is once again teaming up with the Naqsh Short Film Days (NSFD), a one-of-a-kind film festival in Bahrain, to showcase six prominent Emirati films spanning the past decade, to audiences at the second edition of the festival.

Taking place from September 26th to 28th, the selected Emirati films, which have been previously screened at DIFF and Gulf Film Festival (GFF), is part of a distinctive regional programme that will give audiences the opportunity to experience the vibrancy and multi-faceted nature of Emirati cinema.

Following the successful first edition in 2012, the three-day festival to promote Bahraini filmmakers organised by Naqsh Gallery, will screen over 85 short films in different languages, with more than 57 guest directors from all over the word, marking a significant increase on the previous year’s edition.

In addition the Festival will feature the following Emirati films for the highly anticipated NSFD 2013; ‘Aushba’s Well’ by Waleed Al Shehhi, ‘Wheelbarrow’ by Nayla Al Khaja, ‘Tenbak’ by Abdullah Hassan Ahmed, ‘Bint Mariam’ by Saeed Salmeen Al-Murry, ‘Sabeel’ by Khalid Al Mahmood and lastly ‘The Goat’s Head’ by Juma Al Sahli.

DIFF Artistic Director, Masoud Amralla Al Ali commented, “Since its inception in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival has carried the mission of bridging cultures and fostering open dialogue through cinema. The Emirati film screenings at NSFD 2013 are an opportunity to expand the conversation and bring insightful and thought-provoking cinema experiences to the Bahraini film community.”

Mohamed Al Maskati, Founder and President of Naqsh Gallery and Chief Organizer of NSFD 2013 said: “We are very proud of this tie-up. Naqsh Short Film Days is happy to share the values and help propagate the mission of Dubai International Film Festival. By introducing to Bahrain these landmark films, we help encourage greater appreciation of Emirati films, and at the same time contribute to the awakening of cross-cultural consciousness through such films.”

As the international home for Arab film, DIFF reinforces its commitment to regional grassroots projects like NSFD 2013, which is an important cultural event in Bahrain. The festival is essentially a tribute to the artistry of Bahraini filmmakers which aims to bring together budding directors from the country’s film industry and introduce the country’s youth to the local cultural and arts scene.
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