This October, the UAE capital will play host to a myriad of talent across the world of cinema, with innovative talks on the process of filmmaking from famed directors, and no less than seven world premières of Arab films as part of its showcase of the finest Arab and international cinema.

With all the excitement surrounding the week-long event at Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace, Buro 24/7 Middle East charts the elements to watch out for:


THE  FILMS

A main aspect of the ADFF is of course it's Arab films, which will be presented alongside international titles in the 'Narrative', 'New Horizons', 'Documentary' and 'Short Film' competition categories during the event.

The eighth annual festival will also host a special programme called 'The Arab Diaspora' and the 'Emirates Film Competition' (EFC), which will exclusively showcase productions by Khaleeji filmmakers. In the 'New Horizons Competition', four Arabic productions will have their world premiere, and the ones to watch are Ali Mostafa's From A to B, which will open this year's festival, plus the world premiere of Iraqi production The Silence of the Shepherd by Raad Mushatat. 

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014

Another must-catch is Theeb by Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar, also among the selected films – it recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the 'Orizzonti Award' for 'Best Director'. The Man from Oran by French-Algerian director Lyès Salem will also have its international premiere in this section. 

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014

Closing the ADFF, and fresh from its October 23 world premiere in Tokyo, will be Disney's Big Hero 6, which will mark it's second-ever worldwide public screening in Abu Dhabi on November 1. 

Timings: 'From A to B' will be playing at Vox Screen 5 on November 1 at 9:15 pm, 'The Silence of the Shepherd' will playing at Vox 6 on October 28 at 9:15pm, 'Theeb' will be playing at Emirates Palace on October 26 at 6:15 pm, 'The Man from Oran' will be playing at Vox 6 on October 30 at 6:00 pm, and 'Big Hero 6' will be playing at Emirates Palace on October 31 at 8:15pm. 

THE TALKS

ADFF has announced that the 2014 edition of its 'ADFF Talks Film' programme will comprise master-classes and panel discussions on unique topics ranging from film preservation, crowdfunding campaigns, international acting techniques, Arab diaspora filmmaking and international co-productions.

The opening day, October 23, will see the director and producers of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival's opening film (From A to B) speaking about the various stages of filmmaking, from concept to post-production. In a session titled 'From A to B - The A to Z of Making an Emirati Feature Film' – is one discsussion that should not be missed. Then on October 25, in the second half of the day, twofour54's Creative Lab will host Iraqi-Canadian musician and actor Yassin Alsalman – known by his stage name The Narcicyst – at a special event titled 'An Evening with The Narcicyst'.

Bringing the interesting ADFF Talks Film to an end, a master class on 'The Long and Short of It' will unite short film programmers from prestigious film festivals such as Berlinale, Cannes and Tribeca and this session will offer future filmmakers valuable tips on the preparatory work towards the launch and marketing of short films.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014

Timings: All talks will be held in Ballroom 3, 'From A to B - The A to Z of Making an Emirati Feature Film' on October 24 at 4:30pm, 'An Evening with The Narcicyst' on October 25 at 6:30pm and 'The Long and Short of it' on October 28 at 2:30pm.

 

THE COLLABORATIONS 

As part of a special partnership with Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation/ World Cinema Project (WCP), two newly restored international masterworks – Sergei Parajanov's Soviet film The Colour of Pomegranates and Lino Brocka's Manila in the Claws of Light – will be screened during ADFF.

Both iconic films were digitally restored in 4K resolution by the Cineteca di Bologna/L'Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation/World Cinema Project and will be shown with English subtitles and new Arabic subtitles ­– provided by ADFF.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014

Timings: The Colour of Pomegranates will be playing at Vox 1 on October 24 at 4:15 pm and Manila in the Claws of Light will be playing at Vox 6 on October 26 at 6:00 pm.


The Abu Dhabi Film Festival runs from October 23 to November 1, in various locations based around Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Visit www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae for more information.