DIFF: Muhr Emirati Programme announced
Titles by Nayla Al Khaja's, Eisa Al Sabousi and Ali Mostafa among others
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed its line up of short films for the Muhr Emirati prize at this year's landmark tenth edition of the festival – a bumper edit of local films that will put UAE society in the spotlight.
The DIFF schedule doubled this year, reflecting a significant increase in submissions from strong first-time filmmakers, explains DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali, "This year's Muhr Emirati field demonstrates growing confidence and skill in our local artists. With more training facilities and funding opportunities available, a genuine cinema community has grown in the UAE, and with it the film industry will continue to make steady progression."
"Since DIFF's inception we have consistently cultivated local talent and become established as an important launching pad for new films." He continued, "We are proud that at our tenth edition we can present the fruits of those efforts in our most competitive Muhr Emirati field to date."
The Emirati Muhr edit is made up of of 15 films set to have their world premieres, including Nayla Al Khaja's The Neighbour, 13:37 by Eisa Al Sabousi, and Ali Mostafa's Don't Judge a Subject by its Photograph, each of which tackle a range of social questions and issues.