Abu Dhabi Environment Festival rolls out the green carpet

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A green carpet will be rolled out for the first ever Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival (ADIEFF), set to run from April 20 to 25.

The festival has been organized by Media Lab and is supported by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Western region of Abu Dhabi.

Organizers announced an additional category entitled ‘Environmental Films from the UAE,’ reported UAE based Khaleej Times on Sunday.

The newly announced category will be divided into two sections, best feature and best short film, each of these will have three subsections- narrative, animation and documentary.

“Films in this category must address issues related to the UAE environment produced in 2011 and 2012, the deadline for submissions being March 30,” said president of ADIEFF, Mohammed Monier.

ADIEFF also has an international competition segment for feature films and an international competition for short films.

The judging panel will be presided over by Razan Khalifa al-Mubarak, secretary general of Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency.

Awards include the Golden Gazelle for best Feature film ($40,000), the Special Jury Prize for Feature Film ($30,000).

The festival is proving a popular attraction for participants from all around the world.

“The first of its kind in the Middle East, ADIEFF has attracted 158 films from 42 countries, in addition to the participation of some relevant environment organizations,” added Monier.

Among those organizations are the U.N. Environmental Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, International Wide Life Fund and Disney Nature.

These organizations will take part in the festival’s workshops, forums and seminars.

In addition to these events the ADIEFF will also screen a selection of international environmental movies and organize art and technology-based exhibitions.