Dubai taps Al Ali artistic director


The Dubai International Film Festival has named Masoud Amralla Al Ali as its artistic director.

A United Arab Emirates national, Al Ali was previously the artistic director of the UAE Cultural Foundation and founded the Emirates Film Competition, now in its sixth year. Highly respected in the film community, he is regarded as one of the region's foremost experts on Arab cinema. Al Ali has been instrumental in shaping the careers of aspiring filmmakers in the UAE.

In his new capacity, Al Ali will oversee the programming for the festival that comprises films from Arab and international filmmakers. He will be assisted by a team of programmers and colleague Simon Field, the director for international programming.