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Gulf Film Fest ups prize money to spur growth in entries

Festival aims to further strengthen regional talent in culture and arts - organisers.

The Gulf Film Festival, the annual event celebrating Gulf cinema, is offering more critical funding and support to Gulf film talent.

The festival aims to further strengthen local and regional talent in culture and arts, and provide a strong infrastructure for growth and nearly half a million dirhams in prize money is up for grabs at the third Gulf Film Festival (GFF) which takes place in Dubai from April 8-14.

An annual non-profit celebration of the highest standards of Gulf cinema, GFF is now accepting entries into its two main competitions for 2010: the Film Competition and Script Competition. The last date for submission of entries is February 15.

GFF chairman and Dubai Culture board member, Abdulhamid Juma, said: “The Gulf Film Festival is one of the key initiatives of the Authority that provides film makers from the Gulf a vibrant platform for growth allowing the Gulf film industry to thrive towards international recognition."

GFF Festival Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali added: “Gulf films and filmmakers need their own platform in order to grow and realize their full potential. The Gulf Film Festival has answered this call with impressive results.”

The 2010 Film Competition has two categories: the Official Competition for professional filmmakers and a contest for students.

The Official Competition is for films from the Gulf region as well as Yemen and Iraq. The Student Competition is open to works made or produced by students during their academic study, or as part of a college project.

In total, prize money worth AED485,000 will be awarded to the winning films at GFF.

The second edition of the festival in 2009 screened 169 films from 32 countries, and featured 47 world premieres and 18 international premieres.

GFF 2009 showed eight feature films, 27 documentaries, 106 short fiction selections, and 28 animated films.

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