About The Emirates Film Competition (EFC)
The Emirates Film Competition (EFC) launched in 2001 as one of the first film competitions in the United Arab Emirates. Beginning with the aim of supporting film production in the Gulf region, the EFC quickly became the foremost platform for local and regional filmmakers to showcase and share their work and experiences. Each year, the EFC has also offered workshops, screened international shorts and published books on important topics in filmmaking as well as profiles of prominent international filmmakers. From the outset, the event's competition and prizes have been at the heart of building the UAE's film culture and film industry.
In 2008 and 2009, the EFC was held alongside the Middle East International Film Festival, which was subsequently rebranded as the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) in 2010. That same year, the EFC joined ADFF's other initiatives aimed at providing filmmakers from the Gulf and the entire Arab world with greater exposure through an international platform for regional film culture. Standing true to its initial vision, the EFC today is a key section of ADFF and continues to nurture local and regional talent while fostering the ongoing development of filmmaking and the film industry in the UAE.
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