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Film festival kicks off with Atonement

First Middle East International Film Festival opens in Abu Dhabi with Ian McEwan adaptation.

The first Middle East International Film Festival kicked off in Abu Dhabi yesterday with a screening of British director Joe Wright’s adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel ‘Atonement’.

Chairman of Abu Dhabi Authority for Heritage and Culture (ADACH), Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, launched the event from the Emirates Palace Hotel, news agency WAM reported.

The festival, presented along with the Film Financing Circle (FFC) and Abu Dhabi Film Academy, would provide opportunities for training, services and incentives for world filmmakers, he said.

According to Sheikh Sultan, the attendance of stars from the Arab and international film industry would contribute to the development of the festival from its first edition, and signified a ‘fresh cultural achievement’ in the UAE.

He urged young filmmakers to use the festival to interact with international stars, directors and producers, and attend films and workshops to enrich their experience.

During the six day festival 100 films from 38 countries will be screened. Filmmakers will compete in three sections: Fiction, Documentary and Short Films.