Dubai expands culture initiatives with Gulf Film Festival

07/04/2010 - Dubai Lifestyle News
Dubai expands culture initiatives with Gulf Film Festival

Posted by Bob Brunskill

Dubai's Culture and Arts Authority has announced its support for the Gulf Film Festival (GFF) 2010, which begins tomorrow (April 8th) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The authority said its support for the GFF reflects its mandate to drive and support key cultural events in the city and nurture the regional film industry, which also includes patronage for the Dubai International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, GFF director Masoud Amralla Al Ali claimed the authority's active role in promoting film-making had been vital in creating a "fertile foundation" for UAE and regional talent to thrive and accomplish tangible results.

Saeed Al Nabouda, chief projects officer at Dubai Culture added that the GFF highlighted the infrastructure support provided by the authority to promote local film-making talent in UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

"Films, like other cultural forms, open doors for dialogue and cultural interaction. The strong showing of regional talent at the Festival provides an interesting cross-section of stories that offer a glimpse of the Arab world and its people," he said.

The GFF, now in its third year, will run until April 14, 2010.

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