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Arab Competition

This section is open to Arab films only.

  • Films whose director or main producer is a native Arab or of Arab or regional background.
  • Films released in 2019 – 2020.

Films already shown on any VOD or online platforms, TV, or any other similar media, as well as films that are available for purchase are not eligible. AIFF reserves the right to decide eligibility.

Feature Narrative Film Competition

Any Arab feature-length narrative will be admitted in this section as long as the film includes a:

  • First Time Director (of a feature-length narrative) and/or
  • First Time Director of Photography (of a feature-length narrative) and/or
  • First Time Screenwriter (of a feature-length narrative) and/or
  • First Time Editor (of a feature-length narrative) and/or
  • First Time Lead Actor (of a feature-length narrative) and/or
  • First Time Lead Actress (of a feature-length narrative).

Applicants should clearly indicate on the submission form which category they’re applying for (multiple categories per film are admitted).

Awards

  • A certificate.
  • A statuette.
  • Cash awards to be announced.
Feature Documentary Film Competition

The first feature-length documentary by the director will be admitted in this section.

  • Best Documentary Award will go to the director.

Awards

  • a certificate.
  • a statuette.
  • Cash awards to be announced.
Short Film Competition

Only films (maximum 30 minutes) by first-time directors are eligible. This includes: narrative, experimental and animation short films. Short documentaries are not eligible.

  • Best Short Film will go to the director.

Awards

  • a certificate.
  • a statuette.
  • Cash awards to be announced.

All categories are eligible for the Audience Award