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3rd Edition of Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert Set for January Launch

DALL·E 2024 01 09 14.59.53 A workshop scene at the Al Marmoom Film in the Desert festival in Dubai showing a diverse group of aspiring filmmakers and actors including Middle

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is gearing up to launch the third edition of ‘Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert’, a significant cultural event poised to unfold in the Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve from January 12 to 21, 2024. This festival, themed ‘Stories at One with Nature’, serves as an innovative platform for filmmakers to showcase their works, reflecting Dubai’s commitment to being a global center for culture and creativity.

  1. Rich Program of Activities: The festival is set to feature a comprehensive program of activities and quality shows, with over 70 films and 30 workshops. These workshops will cover various aspects of filmmaking, including actor preparation, film costing, scriptwriting, cinematography, lighting, editing, documentary filmmaking, and more, aiming to enhance the sustainability of the film industry in the region and inspire new talent​​.
  2. Diverse Talks and Panel Discussions: Over 10 talks and panel discussions are scheduled, featuring renowned speakers, directors, stars, and cinema industry specialists. These sessions will explore various topics, including filming in Dubai, the engagement of Arab artists in global cinema, the impact of artificial intelligence on cinema, and the role of films in fostering intercultural links​​.
  3. Cultural Exhibitions and Performances: The festival will offer an immersive experience with diverse short films from Emirati, GCC, Arab, and international filmmakers. Additionally, visitors can enjoy musical performances, heritage displays, and artistic works inspired by local cinema history. A special corner will be dedicated to showcasing Emirati legacy and traditional handicrafts, highlighting the emirate’s rich cultural heritage​​.
  4. Collaborative Efforts: The event is a collaborative endeavor, with support from various public and private entities in Dubai, including the Dubai Film and TV Commission, Dubai Media Incorporated, and several other partners and supporters. This collaborative approach underlines the festival’s aim to foster a thriving environment for cultural exchange and artistic development​​.

This festival not only showcases Dubai’s vibrant cultural scene but also emphasizes its role as an incubator for artistic talent and a hub for cultural exchange.

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