Middle East fest calls for entries


LOCARNO, Switzerland -- The upstart Middle East International Film Festival opened its call for entries Wednesday and unveiled a festival Web site, www.meiff.com.

Among the first-year festival's host of competitive categories and noncompetitive sidebars are a Middle Eastern showcase, short films and documentary competitions, a section with a Bollywood focus and a general competition category for the festival's main prize, the Black Pearl.

The festival, first announced in May during the Festival de Cannes, will take place Oct. 14-19 in Abu Dhabi.