Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is preparing to present an exceptional set of activities for its second edition of the ‘Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert’ Festival, a unique event of its kind in the region that will be held over three days from 9 – 11 December 2022 to celebrate emerging filmmakers. It will take place in the Marmoom Desert, on a #DubaiDestinations nature reserve rich in local heritage and culture.
Dubai Culture also announces the extension of the deadline for receiving entries from 23 September to 7 October in the Al Marmoom Short-Film Competition that launched within this festival edition. The festival and competition aim to promote the sustainability of the film industry in the region, and provide a platform for film industry professionals to share their experiences and knowledge to inspire new talent to participate in the field. The festival will celebrate the films that win the top three competition places.
An exceptional cultural experience will also be provided to the public – citizens, residents and visitors – in light of the tradition of Dubai and the UAE, in addition to providing a valuable platform to support the emerging film sector locally and regionally, allowing its patrons to showcase their creativity, refine and develop their talent, and potentially reach professionalism.
In addition to film screenings, the festival will include a series of interactive and engaging workshops for children and youth, panel discussions with worldwide experts and regional industry practitioners, and a set of sessions targeting amateurs to enrich their film industry knowledge.
The first ‘Al Marmoom: A Film in the Desert’ Festival was held from 4 to 7 March 2020, providing the community with an innovative cinematic experience in the open air in Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve within a unique, educational family atmosphere.