Narrative feature competition includes Everyday, Ginger and Rosa; festival to host 8 world premieres, 3 international premieres.

The sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 11-20) will comprise 81 features and 84 shorts from 48 countries.

Films in the narrative competition include Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Francois Ozon’s In the House, Cate Shortland’s Lore, Susanne Bier’s Love is All You Need and Pablo Larrain’s No.

Films in the Showcase section include Caesar Must Die, The Company You Keep, End of Watch, Flight, Great Expectations and Like Someone in Love.

The 10 day festival will open with Arbitrage, attended by stars Richard Gere and Nate Parker, executive producer Mohammed Al Turki from Saudi Arabia and director, Nicholas Jarecki. Indian star Mammootty and Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani will also attend.

Lifetime achievement awards will go to Egyptian screen legend Sawsan Badr and Claudia Cardinale.

This year’s Special Programmes include a spotlight on South Korea, with six films and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence.

The festival will also screen classics Lawrence of Arabia (1962), 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and isrenewing Ladies’ Screenings, for women, and the Family Day programme, which features a selection of films from different festival sections.

Ali Al Jabri, Abu Dhabi Film Festival director commented: “Once again we have a great selection of films, something we have built a reputation for since we launched six years ago. We will be showcasing some of the most ground-breaking films ensuring a very successful year for both regional and international filmmakers.”

Films in the Narrative Feature Competition, New Horizons and Documentary competitions will be eligible for the following awards in each category: Best Film ($100,000), shared equally between the director and the production company, Special Jury Award ($50,000), Best Director from the Arab World ($50,000) and Best Producer from the Arab World ($25,000).


Narrative Feature Competition:

After the Battle, dir. Yousry Nasrallah

Betrayal, dir. Kirill Serebrennikov

Everyday, dir. Michael Winterbottom

Gebo and the Shadow, dir Manoel de Oliveira

Ginger and Rosa, dir. Sally Potter

Harragu Blues, dir. Moussa Haddad

Hidden Beauties, dir. Nouri Bouzid

In the House, dir. Francois Ozon

It was the Son, dir. Daniele Cipri

Lore, dir. Cate Shortland

Love is All You Need, dir. Susanne Bier

No, dir. Pablo Larrain

Outrage: Beyond, dir. Takeshi Kitano

Perfumes of Algiers, dir. Rachid Benhadj

Somewhere in Between, dir. Yesim Ustaoglu

The Last Supper, dir. Lu Chuan


New Horizons Competition:

A Hijacking, dir. Tobias Lindholm

A Respectable Family, dir. Massoud Bakhshi

Beasts of the Southern Wild, dir. Benh Zeitlin

Beyond the Hills, dir. Emin Alper

Coming Forth by Day, dir. Hala Lotfy

Eat Sleep Die, dir. Gabriela Pichler

I.D., dir. Kamal K.M.

Keep Smiling, dir. Rusudan Chkonia

Mumbai’s King, dir. Manjeet Singh

Ruby Sparks, dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Songlap, dir. Effendee Mazlan, Fariza Azlina Isahak

The Citizen, dir. Sam Kadi

The Miscreants, dir. Mohcine Besri

The Patience Stone, dir. Atiq Rahimi

When I Saw You, dir. Annemarie Jacir


Films in the documentary feature competition include Approved for Adoption, Stories We Tell and The House I Live In.

The complete lineup can be found at