DPC to host open day on documentary awards
Dubai Press Club is hosting an open day today on the Anasy Documentary Awards (ADA) 2010, a specialised event that recognises quality work in the field of documentary productions.
The open day is in line with an agreement signed recently with Anasy Media Production with the aim of promoting the event in the Northern Emirates and liaising with filmmakers and the media, said a Dubai Press Club source.
First held in 2008, the awards is organised with the participation of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and twofour54 and considered the first in the UAE to specialise in documentary films.
The source said the awards ceremony held in Abu Dhabi in the past plans to expand its visibility through the agreement signed with DPC, noting that the awards are being presented to the top talent in the UAE and the Arab World.
Adel Ibrahim, Operations and Marketing Manager at Dubai Press Club, welcomed the new agreement and emphasised that DPC would continue its efforts to support all media initiatives, particularly specialised ones, due to the rapid demand of having an Arab documentary production capable to compete in all regional and international events.
ADA Director Dhekra Ouali said the co-operation would facilitate contacts among creative individuals. "The agreement with Dubai Press Club is another bridge that ADA wants to build with such an important media organisation that has a great impact regionally and internationally."
DPC and ADA sent out invitations to various media and interested individuals to participate in the open day, which is to include several activities starting with selections from ADA 2008 ceremony, as well as a photo exhibition titled "How we got here".
The programme also includes the screening of Dinner with the President documentary film directed by Subiha Sumar, Grand prize winner in ADA 2008, followed by a questions and answers session led by ADA directors along with two members of ADA's first session primary jury.
The 2008 edition of the awards featured the participation of more than 250 documentary films from 21 countries, with 120 films nominated for presentation by the juries.
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