The Third Gulf Film Festival starts on Sunday, October 16 and runs for five days at the Abu Dhabi Mall cinema. The Festival is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.
The festival will continue its activities over the course of five days with the participation of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. The festival will include the display of Gulf documentaries, narrative and short movies, and the festival includes the following awards; best long documentary, best short documentary, best filming of a documentary movie, best narrative movie, best narrative short movie, best narrative long movie, best filming of a narrative movie, best soundtrack, best actor and best actress. A number of Gulf artists will be honoured including the director Ali Mustafa from the UAE, director Eva Dawood from Bahrain, artist Saleh Zaal favor from Oman, the artist Ahmed Al Mulla from Saudi Arabia, the artist Khalifa Al Muraikhi from Qatar and director Ahmed Al Khallaf from Kuwait.
There are around 27 participating movies, including 15 short movies and 12 narrative. The UAE participates with four narrative movies including “Going to paradise” by Saeed Salmin, “Close to the skies” by Nojoum Al Ghanim , “Royal Love” by Jamal Salem “About water, palm trees and our fathers” by Nasser Al Dhaheri and one short movie entitled “The Road” by Abdullah Al Junaibi. Saudi Arabia participates with four short movies and a long documentary, whereas Kuwait participates with three narrative movies and two short movies. Oman participates with the same number of movies, while Bahrain participates with one narrative movie and two short movies and Qatar participates with four short films.