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ADFF Unveils Winners of 2012 Black Pearl, FIPRESCI and NETPAC Awards

Narrative Feature CompetitionThis competition centers on exciting vision and original storytelling in narrative feature films by international filmmakers. In 2012, the Narrative Feature Competition presented a selection of 15 films representing 18 countries.The jury awarded the following Black Pearl Awards:

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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on Thursday October 18

Glamour will be the word of the day when screen legend Claudia Cardinale graces the red carpet for the gala screening of veteran Director Manoel de Oliveira's latest film and Black Pearl Awards are awarded to the entrants in the Emirates Film Competition and International Short Film Competition tonight.

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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on Friday October 19

The major event of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the gala ceremony for the presentation of the Black Pearl Awards, takes place in front of an all-star audience at Emirates Palace tonight.  The ceremony, which includes the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to two of the most glamourous and accomplished actresses working in the world today, will be preceded by a bumper red carpet featuring cast and crew members of more than 20 films, representatives of the Festival juries and a host of VIP guests.

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ADFF Announces Winners of Emirates Film Competition and International Short Film Competition

Emirates Film Competition (presented by Dolphin Energy)The Emirates Film Competition (EFC) observes its eleventh anniversary this year, marking more than a decade as a key platform for regional filmmakers. The EFC is dedicated to showcasing short films from established directors and new discoveries from the UAE and other GCC countries. This year, the EFC selection comprised 46 short films from all over the Gulf region, including 39 from the UAE.

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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on Tuesday October 17

Wednesday offers a look into cinema's past, with a panel discussion looking back over 50 years of Algerian cinema at 11:00, and into its future, with an opportunity for media representatives to meet the rising talents competing in the Short Film competition and for the public to meet one of the rising stars of Arab Cinema, Annemarie Jacir.

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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on Monday October 15

Monday 15 October is a big day for Arabic film at the Festival, with a World Premiere, emerging Arabic film talents on show and the presentation of the Variety Filmmaker of the Year Award to Egyptian veteran Yousry Nasrallah among the highlights of the day.

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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on October 14

The gala red carpet screening of Sam Kadi's The Citizen is among the highlights for Sunday's programme. The Citizen tells the story of Ibrahim Farrah, an Arab who wins the US Green Card lottery but arrives in New York just before 9/11. Acclaimed Egyptian actor Khaled Nabawy, who stars as Ibrahim, will join co-star William Atherton, Director Sam Kadi and Producer Ameer Kabour on the red carpet at Emirates Palace at 21:00 for a screening at 21:30.

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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on October 13

Media representatives have numerous opportunities for interviews and photo calls today, with delegations from 10 films available for interview, as well as those with films screening today. Please see the press schedule for details.Family Day at Marina Mall

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Stars Shine on Abu Dhabi Film Festival Red Carpet

Festival opens tonight with Gala Screening of ArbitragePacked Festival schedule for Friday October 12thEveryone attending the star-studded Opening Night Gala of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival tonight will get a taste of movie star glamour when they join film stars and movie makers on the red carpet at Emirates Palace.

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