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iW NEWS | Jon Fitzgerald Named to Abu Dhabi Fest Post

iW NEWS | Jon Fitzgerald Named to Abu Dhabi Fest Post

The new Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF), set for October 12 – 17th, has named festival veteran Jon Fitzgerald as its Festival Director. The festival also announced that it will be produced by U.A.E./Cairo/Riyadh/London/NY based Pyramedia, LLC. Fitzgerald has worked for a number of festivals, including Slamdance, AFI Fest and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and has served as a consultant to numerous others. “The Middle East International Film Festival is shaping up as an original and innovative festival that will showcase the greatest talent from around the world,” said Mohammed Al-Mazroui, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, in a statement. “The diverse slate of films will also be complemented with a first class finance conference that will become a clearinghouse for film financing opportunities worldwide.” Nashwa Al-Ruwaini is on board as the festival executive director for the new event. [Eugene Hernandez]

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