Dubai International Film Festival to Showcase Arab Films in Paris

The festival links with the inaugural IMA'GIMA fest to be held at the Arab World Institute to unspool 13 titles.

LONDON -- The Dubai Film Festival is to showcase of selection of Arab films in Paris.

Dubai will promote a package of 13 works, comprising features and shorts from the Middle East and North Africa, at the inaugural edition of the IMA'GIMA fest to be held at the Arab World Institute in Paris Sept. 21-25.

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Selected features include Zelal, a documentary about the world of mental illness in Egypt by Marianne Khoury and Mustapha Hasnaoui.

The Avant-Première edition's program supported by DIFF, will be screened at the IMA Rafik Hariri Auditorium in the French capital.

Dubai International Film Festival artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: “Expanding the visibility of Arab films is crucial and it’s encouraging to see such a strong presence of Arab filmmakers making an impression at festivals all around the world this year. We are proud to be a part of IMA’GIMA’s preview and showcase the creativity and excellence from the MENA and Gulf to new audiences and develop opportunities to encourage film production and further develop relationships between France and the Arab world."

The move comes hot-on-the-heels of Dubai's move to link with the San Sebastian Film Festival on a film finishing fund initiative.