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iW NEWS | Middle East Fest Announces Schedule

iW NEWS | Middle East Fest Announces Schedule

Over 60 films from 32 countries around the world will take part in the Official Competition for this year’s Middle East International Film Festival, running October 10-19, 2008. This year’s Official Competition is comprised of four sections: feature, documentary, short films and student films. “I am pleased to say that MEIFF 2008 has attracted some of the top films, filmmakers and distinguished industry guests from all corners of the world and we are honoured to host them in Abu Dhabi,” said Vice Chairman of MEIFF, Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, in a statement. Films in competition include Samir Habachi‘s “Beirut: Open City,” Alexander Melnik‘s “Terra Nova,” Saleh Karama‘s “Henna,” Elisabeth Chai Vasarhelyi‘s “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love,” and James Marsh‘s “Man on Wire.” The films are eligible for the fest’s Black Pearl Awards. The Black Pearl cash prize distributed to the winners, along with a trophy, has been increased this year with prizes totaling over $1 million. All Black Pearl Award Winners will be decided by a jury split into two sections, a feature and documentary jury and a shorts, students and advertisements jury with the winners announced in the Closing Ceremony on October 19, 2008. For a complete lineup of films, check out the festival’s website. [Peter Knegt]

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