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‘Quality of filmmaking is improving in the UAE’

by David Tusing.

The absence of an established film industry has not deterred aspiring Emirati filmmakers from experimenting with the medium, according to one insider tasked with promoting the craft in the Emirates.

Emirati director and actor Ali Al Jabri, who heads the Emirates Film Competition, an annual component of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), says quality is improving despite a “lack of film culture in the region”.

“This year the films we have received are much better than the ones from last year. There has been significant improvement in terms of quality — especially now with technology becoming more and more portable and affordable,” he says. “Also filmmakers are becoming more experimental, especially the student filmmakers.”

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