Festival Partners

Festival Overview

Taking place in the enhancing city of Dubai, the one unique place in the world where East meets West, with close to 200 nationalities living in harmony, META Film Fest is set to be one of the world’s leading film festivals.

Launched by META Cinema Forum, the pioneering cinema convention for Middle East and Africa, and with VOX Cinemas, the largest cinema operator in the region supporting as Festival Partners, the event is set to bring the latest blockbusters as well as independent, regional, and local productions to movie lovers for a three-day jammed packed festival from 27-29 October, taking place at VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, on the stunning Palm Island in Dubai.

Casts and stars will accompany many of the hit releases on exclusive red-carpet appearances and after parties, with a chance for audience to interact with their favorite stars and filmmakers.

The festival will conclude with a closing party and awards ceremony on the 29th of October, which will recognize and award the best films at the festival.

The following will be recognized at the festival’s closing party and awards ceremony:

Due to its location, the festival guarantees one of the most diversified audiences present at any festival, with the legendary glitz and glamour of Dubai to accompany.

Full Festival Program

Festival Schedule

Time VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 1 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 2 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 3 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 8 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall, Cinema 12, Theatre 1 Green Room, Soho Garden, Nakheel Mall Rooftop
Capacity 254 91 93 54 16  
11:00 AM     Fesival's Openning Press Conference
Q&A With the Jury and Selection Committee (Press)
  Deal Room: This room is reserved for meeting between filmmakers, distributors, and other film professionals. The space is allocated on first come first serve basis and F&B can be purchased at the location for the meetings within the cinema.  
11:15 AM        
11:30 AM        
11:45 AM        
12:00 PM        
12:15 PM 3 Short Films from the UAE:
DEADLINE
PG,
Children of All
PG
&
IDI
PG
(Press and Public)
45'
    Workshop 1:
Making the shorts that matter
Leo Wong, Academy Award nominated Producer
& Ivor Gracias, Award-winning short film producer
 
12:30 PM      
12:45 PM      
1:00 PM        
1:15 PM        
1:30 PM     The Dawn of the Great Steppe
(Public)
120'
 
1:45 PM        
2:00 PM        
2:15 PM        
2:30 PM        
2:45 PM        
3:00 PM        
3:15 PM        
3:30 PM       3 Short Films from Iran:
Pick, the Hole PG
&
Tunnel
PG
(Public)
44'
 
3:45 PM        
4:00 PM        
4:15 PM        
4:30 PM     3 Short film from Iran, Jordan & Sweden:
The Wound
PG,
Tala' Vision
&
You Promise?
(Public)
54'
   
4:45 PM The Tortoise & The Snail
(Public)
100'
PG-13
     
5:00 PM   2 Fantasy Fictions Short Films from Korea & Iran:
'SHINJIKKI' The Mermaid Who Predict The Future
&
My Partner Giraffe
PG
(Public)
 57'
 
5:15 PM    
5:30 PM TERMINUS
(Public)
78'
   
5:45 PM    
6:00 PM 3 Short Films from Egypt:
1+1, Hummus and Chips
&
Khadiga
PG-13
(Public)
46'
   
6:15 PM    
6:30 PM   3 Animation Short Films from Poland, Australia & Egypt:
FORTRESS PG-13,
2 Boys 1 Girl 1 Chicken
&
The Pyramid G
(Public)
26'
 
6:45 PM      
7:00 PM Gala Premiere Emily
(Gala, Invitation Only)
140'
       
7:15 PM        
7:30 PM Emily
(Public)
140'
The Apple Day
(Public)
79'
   
7:45 PM    
8:00 PM    
8:15 PM    
8:30 PM Huda's Salon
(Public)
91'
 
8:45 PM  
9:00 PM    
9:15 PM    
9:30 PM       Gala Premiere Afterparty
9:45 PM      
10:00 PM          
10:15 PM          
10:30 PM          
10:45 PM          
11:00 PM          
11:15 PM          
11:30 PM          
11:45 PM          
12:00 AM            
12:15 AM            
12:30 AM            
Time VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 1 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 2 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 3 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 8 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 11 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall, Cinema 12, Theatre 1
Capacity 254 91 93 54 50 16
11:00 AM         Deal Room: This room is reserved for meeting between filmmakers, distributors, and other film professionals. The space is allocated on first come first serve basis and F&B can be purchased at the location for the meetings within the cinema.
11:15 AM        
11:30 AM   Panel of Experts: Direction, Production, Distribution: Learning from Global and Regional Leaders
(Public-Free of charge)
   
11:45 AM      
12:00 PM      
12:15 PM      
12:30 PM      
12:45 PM      
1:00 PM          
1:15 PM       3 Short Film from India, Russia and Turkey:
The Discipline
PG-13,
HOLD MY HAND,
PG-13
& Happy Anyway
(Public)
44'
 
1:30 PM       Workshop 2: What is next after the fine cut?
Dr. Sabir Haque, Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Science, American University of Ras Al Khaimah
1:45 PM      
2:00 PM        
2:15 PM       2 Short Films from The UK and South Africa:
Visualization
PG-13
&
DELVILLEWOOD
(Public) 36'
2:30 PM      
2:45 PM      
3:00 PM          
3:15 PM     Poet
(Public)
103'
   
3:30 PM   the 3rd Side
(Public)
61'
THE POMEGRANATES OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH
(Public)
73'
AFRICAN REDEMPTION: THE LIFE & LEGACY OF MARCUS GARVEY
(Public)
84'
3:45 PM  
4:00 PM  
4:15 PM  
4:30 PM    
4:45 PM      
5:00 PM   Our River... Our Sky
(Public)
117'
     
5:15 PM        
5:30 PM Imagine
(Public)
78'
HARD SHELL, SOFT SHELL
(Public)
100'
Before We Forget
(Public)
104'
PG
Hit the Road
(Public)
93'
5:45 PM
6:00 PM
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM      
7:15 PM          
7:30 PM Holy Spider
(Public)
116'
Silenced Tree
(Public)
117'
PG-15
    Killing the eunuch KHAN
(Public)
110'
PG-15
7:45 PM SINGLE NOT SEARCHING
(Public)
125'
The Dawn of the Great Steppe
(Public)
120'
8:00 PM
8:15 PM
8:30 PM
8:45 PM
9:00 PM  
9:15 PM    
9:30 PM        
9:45 PM            
10:00 PM            
10:15 PM            
10:30 PM            
10:45 PM            
11:00 PM            
11:15 PM            
11:30 PM            
11:45 PM            
12:00 AM            
12:15 AM            
12:30 AM            
Time  VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 1 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 2 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 3 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 8 VOX Cinemas Nakheel Mall, Cinema 11 Dolby Theatre, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Mall VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall, Cinema 12, Theatre 1 Green Room, Soho Garden, Nakheel Mall Rooftop
Capacity 254 91 93 54 50   16  
11:00 AM The horse thieves
(Public)
84'
El Arena
(Public)
77'
18+
  IN THE MIND'S GARDEN
(Public)
92'
BELOVED
(Public)
54'
  Deal Room: This room is reserved for meeting between filmmakers, distributors, and other film professionals. The space is allocated on first come first serve basis and F&B can be purchased at the location for the meetings within the cinema.  
11:15 AM      
11:30 AM Masha and Dudarai
(Public)
90'
   
11:45 AM    
12:00 PM      
12:15 PM      
12:30 PM       Holy Bread
(Public)
54'
   
12:45 PM          
1:00 PM Neighbours
(Public)
64'
    CHOSEN
(Public)
89'
   
1:15 PM        
1:30 PM Muthayya
(Public)
118'
District Terminal
(Public)
116'
15+
     
1:45 PM      
2:00 PM GOLDEN BLOOD
(Public)
93'
PG-13
   
2:15 PM      
2:30 PM        
2:45 PM Landless
(Public)
77'
     
3:00 PM      
3:15 PM      
3:30 PM          
3:45 PM            
4:00 PM 3 Short Films from the UK, Russia and Korea:
When the Rain Sets In
PG-13,
Candy Wrap
PG-13
&
To Father
(Public)
64'
Talia's Journey
(Public)
79'
KONY ORDER FROM ABOVE
(Public)
90'
     
4:15 PM        
4:30 PM        
4:45 PM        
5:00 PM        
5:15 PM Bandırma F. Club’s
(Public)
       
5:30 PM            
5:45 PM The List of Those Who Love Me
(Public)
89'
18+
    2 Documentary Shorts from USA:
Cuba in Africa PG
&
Marsh Clouds: the oysters of Harris Neck
(Public)
35'
   
6:00 PM The Hoop
(Public)
95'
PG
Mukagali
(Public)
108'
   
6:15 PM    
6:30 PM      
6:45 PM      
7:00 PM 2 Documentary Shorts from Iran:
I Wont Remain Alone PG

&
Childfree

PG-15
(Public)
50'
   
7:15 PM        
7:30 PM          
7:45 PM Emily
(Public)
140'
Trapped
(Public)
70'
     
8:00 PM Borga
(Public)
104'
       
8:15 PM        
8:30 PM        
8:45 PM        
9:00 PM           Awards Ceremony and Afterparty
(Invitation Only) 
9:15 PM          
9:30 PM          
9:45 PM            
10:00 PM            
10:15 PM              
10:30 PM              
10:45 PM              
11:00 PM              
11:15 PM              
11:30 PM              
11:45 PM              
12:00 AM              
12:15 AM                
12:30 AM                

Register to Attend

Movie tickets and Festival VIP Passes with access to after parties and celebrity meet and greets will go on sale on 7th October 2022. Register your interest below so you are contacted as soon as the festival schedule is released tickets and VIP Passes go on sale.

You can buy your tickets to watch all the films in the festival line up from 20, 25 to 30 AED only. Please note that seats are limited for each screening and sales will close as soon as a theatre is at capacity, so please book your tickets as soon as you have made your selection.

      Attend Panel Discussions and Workshops

      Are you a filmmaker, enthusiast, or student? Attend the festival’s exclusive workshops and talks to learn invaluable skills from the industry’s best. All workshops and talks are free of charge. Seats will be reserved on first come first serve basis. Book now to attend.

      All workshops and panels are Free of Charge. Seats are limited and will be allocated on first come first served basis.

      Workshop 1: Making the shorts that matter.
      Free of Charge workshop.

      To View full information about the workshop, please click here

        Direction, Production, Distribution: Learning from Global and Regional Leaders
        Free of Charge Panel.

          Workshop 2: What is next after the fine cut?
          Free of Charge workshop.
          To View full information about the workshop, please click here

            Sponsors

            If you have a product and service that targets the cinema industry and moviegoers of all ages, the META Film Fest will be delighted to work with you to create a bespoke sponsorship package for you to associate your brand with the event.

            To learn more, please contact partnerships@gmevents.ae

            Media Partners

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            VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall, The Palm, DUBAI