Dubai Film Fest was designed as showcase opportunity for young filmmakers and their passion. Every year we showcasing young talents which decided to take film as their life journey. ​ We do accept all short and feature films regardless country of origin for length. 

When someone is mentioning Dubai everyone is imagning business. Over the years Dubai became an important centre of business and finances. However, not many people know that it got also an interesting film industry...
 

Today, the film industry in Dubai is currently worth around 420million euros to the local economy as The Film and TV Commission continues to encourage the production of foreign films within the city. There are 145 cinema halls in the UAE, and Dubai has 58. 

The cinema of the United Arab Emirates began with a number of feature films that were broadcast on national television since the late 1980s.

In 2002, Emirates Film Competition was formed which influenced a generation of Emirati filmmakers to explore the short film format. 


The Dream became the first Emirati film to be distributed in cinemas across UAE. Meanwhile, the UAE began to attract South Asian films and television serials, mainly Bollywood and Lollywood productions.

In addition, UAE has a film studio (Dubai Studio City) which has been built to cultivate film making in the region. The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DTFC) which was established in line with Executive Council Decision 16 of 2012 is the sole authority to issue film shooting permits in Dubai. In Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission issues shooting permits to production companies that hold a valid media zone authority trade license.

In 2008, Majid Abdulrazak became the first Emirati filmmaker to adapt a book into a film based on Wilfred Thesiger's Arabian Sands.

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