Gulf Film Festival opens next month with a spotlight on Bahraini cinema
Ahram Online, Tuesday 27 Mar 2012
The fifth Gulf Film Festival will showcase work by seven young Bahraini filmmakers

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 YaHelou (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.