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International Section

This category is open to non-Arabic films – of all kinds – from all countries.

Non-Arab Debut Film
  • The film must be the first feature-length work by the director. This includes all genres: narrative, documentary, experimental or animation.
  • The film 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.


Submitted films in the International Non-Arab section are eligible for the Audience Award.

“First & Latest”

This non-competitive section will showcase the work of one Arab helmet filmmaker and one international renowned filmmaker; featuring their debut film and their last production.

 The First & Latest Film section will involve master classes and discussions with the two directors.