By Lubna Hamdan
Media Zone Authority says the decision was taken in order to make room for other initiatives that will support local filmmakers
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival
(ADFF) has been cancelled after eight editions, according to a statement issued by the emirate's Media Zone
Authority on Thursday.
The government-owned enterprise said the decision was
taken in order to make room for other initiatives that will support local
filmmakers and attract film productions to the UAE capital.
Such initiatives include the Abu Dhabi Film Commission’s
30 percent rebate on spending on films and projects shot in the emirate. This
is expected to promote Abu Dhabi and the UAE as the region’s
hub for film productions, according to the authority.
“It is now the right time to deepen our commitment and further
develop programmes to take the local industry to the next level,” said Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of the Media Zone Authority.
“We attracted several major international and
regional productions to shoot in the emirate over the past two years
alone, which brought large-scale investment, further built the film industry
infrastructure in the region, and created significant opportunities for local
talent,” she added.
The authority has explained that it will continue
supporting filmmakers through twofour54 and it’s “SANAD” Fund, which offers
financial support for film projects during their stages of development and
In addition, Image Nation Abu Dhabi has recently partnered
with the Media Zone Authority.
It’s chairman, Mohamed Al Mubarak, commented: “Image
Nation’s combination of Hollywood film relationships and its local talent and
production knowledge is uniquely valuable to this new phase of our industry.”
Last year, Image Nation invested AED30 million ($8
million) for local production purposes.
And within the coming five years, it hopes to devote AED400 million towards film and television production and job
creation in the film making industry in the UAE.