The 3rd Gulf Film Festival

The third edition of the Gulf Film Festival opened on April 8th showcasing a vivid collection of 194 contemporary films from 41 countries over the next seven days at Dubai Festival City.

A celebration of excellence in Gulf cinema, the festival opened with the Emirati film, ‘City of Life,’ directed by UAE national filmmaker Ali Mustafa and shot entirely in Dubai with a cast and crew drawn from around the world. An array of Gulf film celebrities will walk the red carpet for the glittering opening ceremony.

Emirati actress Raziqa Al Taresh, internationally renowned Iraqi actor & playwright Khalil Shawki and Kuwait’s applauded actress Hayat Al Fahad will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards, as part of the GFF Honouree Programme at the opening ceremony.

The 194 films being screened at Gulf Film Festival include 81 World Premieres, 11 International Premieres, 33 Middle East Premieres, 17 GCC Premieres and nine UAE Premieres, assuring a novel cinematic experience for filmgoers. Entry to the film festival is free to public. In all, GFF 2010 will screen 128 short fiction films, 28 short documentaries, 8 features, 5 feature documentaries and 25 animation films.

Among the films being screened from the GCC region, the UAE has a clear dominance with 36 films followed by Saudi Arabia (24), Oman (10), Kuwait (8) and Bahrain (6). Also from the Arab world is a rich showcase of (25) Iraqi films.

Celebrities to walk the red carpet include accomplished film professionals from the GCC region. The UAE film industry will be represented by Huda Al Khatib, Bilal Abdulla, Mohamed Saeed, Ibrahim Salim, Saoud Al Kaabi, Abdullah Saleh, Ashwaq, Moosa Bogeesh, Mariam Sultan, Abdulla Al Jafali, Guzlan, Abdul Hamid Al Bolushi and Sougah.

The Kuwaiti talent-contingent includes Khalid Ameen, Abdulemam Abdullah, Mohammed Jabir, Mariam Al Saleh, Khalid Al Breeki, Ismahan Tawfeeq and Hayat Al Fahad. Bahraini film personalities to walk the red carpet include Hayfa Hussain, Mariam Zeman, Ameen Saleh, Fareed Ramadan, Hassan Haddad, Ghahtan Al Gahtani, Khalid Al Rowaiei, Ali Al Gherer and Parween Atiya.

Talent from Saudi Arabia include Ibrahim Al Hasawi and Badriay Al Bashar.  Qatari talent Abdul Aziz Al Jasim, Ghazi Hussain, and Wedad Al Kuwari will join on the red carpet.

The Gulf Film Festival will be held until April 14 and is supported by the Dubai Culture and is held in association with Dubai Studio City. For more information, please visit the Festival website: www.gulffilmfest.com.