Acclaimed as the home of Arabian Peninsula cinema, Dubai Festival City is to host its fifth annual Gulf Film Festival from 10- 16 April, with a special emphasis on Bahraini cinema.
This year the festival will host three competitions: the official Gulf competition for professional filmmakers, the Gulf student competition and an international competition. Winners will be granted over half a million dirhams.
Among the chosen films to be screened at this year's festival are Like, a short film by director Ahmed Al-Fardan, and Panda, a short film by Gasem Al-Nofeli.
The festival, in addition, will feature seven of Bahrain's young and talented filmmakers, according to the festival's management.
The Bahraini films to be featured include Movement by Aisha Al-Muqla and Noora Kamal, Be a Man by Osama Al-Saif, Gouli Ya Helou (Tell me Gorgeous) by Mohamed Janahi, Sokoon (Silence) by Ammar Abdulla Al-Kooheji, 301 by Mahmood Al-Shaikh, This is London by Mohammed Bu Ali, and The Last Drop of Oil by Mohammed Jassim.
In addition to its competitions and film screenings, a number of international filmmakers will hold workshops and seminars for participants.