By Andy Sambidge
Image Nation Abu Dhabi film chosen to be shown at prestigious Palm Springs Festival
The first Emirati film from Image Nation Abu Dhabi will be hitting US shores next week at the prestigious 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
After a world premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in October 2011, and much critical acclaim following its UAE cinematic release, Sea Shadow has been officially selected to participate in the festival's Arabian Nights showcase, with two screenings on January 12 and 14.
Featuring eleven new films from around the Middle East, the showcase highlights the emergence of exciting new filmmaking talents from across the region.
Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi, who will be at the festival to present the film, said: "After the success of Sea Shadow in the GCC, I am excited to present the film to a new, international audience.
"It is a great honour for Sea Shadow to be included in the 2012 selection, and I look forward to seeing the audience response."
Sea Shadow was developed and produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the local division of Image Nation which is committed to developing a film industry in the UAE and encouraging the growth of Emirati filmmakers by producing films with Emirati content and talent.
Mohammed Al-Otaiba, head of Image Nation Abu Dhabi said: "It is a source of great pride that the first movie off our Emirati slate would be selected to participate in the Palm Springs International Film Festival."
Sea Shadow is a coming of age story which follows teenagers Mansour and Kaltham as they struggle with tradition and convention in their journey towards adulthood.
The film was shot entirely in the UAE with the majority of scenes taking place in Ras Al Khaimah, and was released to audiences in the GCC last November.
Launched in 2008 as a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation has rapidly become one of the world’s leading feature film producers.
The division has co-produced a number of feature films, including the Bollywood hit My Name is Khan, and Hollywood hits Fair Game, The Help, Contagion and The Double.