UAE films to be showcased at Cannes

Arab films are to be screened at the international Cannes film festival.

The Cannes Film Festival will feature five short films by the filmmakers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as productions supported by the twofour54 creative lab continue to grow in international prominence.

The films will be shown in the ‘Best of Arabic Short Films’ section of the festival, being held May 14-25. The event gives young filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a worldwide audience.

Twofour54 is a tax-free media and entertainment zone in UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

“We are excited and proud to see talented Arab filmmakers participating in global events that highlight the development of the film industry in the Middle East and Abu Dhabi in particular; Cannes Film Festival is an excellent platform to showcase our productions to the world,” Maryam Al Mheiri, chief operating officer of twofour54.

“This is a testament to twofour54’s success nurturing this up-and-coming talent through training, guidance and the provision of financial support for projects and participation in events like this.”

Participation at events like Cannes increases the chances of the films being selected by international festivals and reveals talent to potential partners. It is designed to build bridges between the worlds of short and feature films for talented moviemakers.