A green carpet will be rolled out from April 20 to 25 for the first ever Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival (ADIEFF).
Organised by the Media Lab and supported by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi emirate, the festival just announced an additional competition category ? Environmental Films from the UAE.
Divided into two sections, best feature and best short film, each with three sub-sections ? narrative, documentary and animation ? this category alone will award Dh240,000 to the winner.
There will also be a competition for best amateur short and another one for best scenario, which alone will be awarded Dh200,000 to help in making the film.
"Films in this category must address issues related to the UAE environment produced in 2011 and 2012, the deadline for submissions being March 30,? said Mohammed Monier, president of ADIEFF.
Apart from the Emirati competition announced on Sunday, ADIEFF also has an international competition for feature films and an international competition for short films.
The jury ? presided over by Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary general of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi ? will give two awards in each category: the Golden Gazelle for best Feature film (US$40,000), the Special Jury Prize for Feature Film (US$30,000) and the same for shorts with US$20,000 and US$10,000 respectively. Submissions for both these categories are now closed: "The first of its kind in the Middle East, ADIEFF has attracted 158 films from 42 countries, in addition to the participation of some relevant environment organisations,? added Monier. Among them are the UN Environmental Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, International Wide Life Fund and Disney Nature.
They will all take part in the festival's forum, seminars and workshops. In addition to the competition films, ADIEFF will also screen special presentations, a selection of international environmental movies, as well as organising art and technology-driven exhibitions, both with an eco theme. ? Khaleej Times