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Gulf Film Festival opens next month with a spotlight on Bahraini cinema

The fifth Gulf Film Festival will showcase work by seven young Bahraini filmmakers

Ahram Online, Tuesday 27 Mar 2012
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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.

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