January 12th to 21st: A cinematic adventure at the Al Marmoom Film Festival

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Calling all cinephiles and desert enthusiasts! This weekend, pack your blankets and popcorn, because Dubai is hosting the enchanting Al Marmoom Film Festival, a celebration of regional and international filmmaking talent under the breathtaking starry sky.

Al Marmoom Film Festival

Al Marmoom Film Festival

From January 12th to 21st, the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve transforms into a haven for movie lovers. This free-to-attend Al Marmoom Film Festival offers a smorgasbord of cinematic experiences, from captivating short films to insightful workshops and engaging talks with industry experts.

This year’s Al Marmoom Film Festival edition embraces the beauty of brevity, focusing on the power of short films. Be prepared to be transported by over 70 gems from Emirati, GCC, Arab, and international filmmakers, each reflecting the unique narratives and artistic sensibilities of their creators.

For aspiring filmmakers, the Al Marmoom Film Festival Short-Film Competition is a thrilling platform to showcase their talent. Fifty-six films compete across three categories – animation, documentary, and live-action – judged by renowned regional experts like Emirati animation director Haidar Mohamad and Lebanese actor-director Georges Khabbaz. 

But the Al Marmoom Film Festival is much more than just screenings. Dive into over 30 workshops covering various aspects of filmmaking, from scriptwriting to cinematography. Absorb valuable insights from seasoned directors and cinema experts during panel discussions and talks, gaining invaluable knowledge to hone your craft.

In between flicks and workshops, take a trip down memory lane with the “Cinematic Masterpieces” exhibition, showcasing a mesmerizing collection from Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation. Witness the evolution of cinema through these treasured artifacts.

The festival isn’t just about movies; it’s a celebration of Emirati heritage. Immerse yourself in traditional music and performances, and witness the intricate artistry of crafts like Al Talli and Al Khoos. This is a chance to appreciate the rich tapestry of Emirati culture, woven into the very fabric of the festival.

So, whether you’re a seasoned film buff or simply a curious explorer, the Al Marmoom Film Festival promises an unforgettable adventure. Swap the usual cinema halls for a starlit sky, and let the desert sands become your silver screen. With Al Marmoom Film Festival’s diverse film offerings, enriching workshops, and cultural explorations, this is an event that will leave you inspired and invigorated.

So, don’t miss out! Head to the Al Marmoom Film Festival this weekend and embark on a cinematic journey under the desert stars.

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