The Dubai International Film Festival hasopened submissions for its new Arab Film Competition, which is open tofeatures, shorts and documentaries.

Eligible films must be made by a director ofArab nationality or origin and have a subject or storyline of centered on theArab world, Arab history or Arab culture.

"The Competition serves to provide Arabfilmmakers an opportunity to receive recognition for outstanding work, andencourage production of films that spread knowledge and understanding of theArab world and its rich culture. It is also in strategic harmony with theFestival's theme of 'Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds'," said festival CEO NeilStephenson.

Submissions are due Sept 21 and fullguidelines are available at the Dubai website.

The third Dubai Festival will run Dec 10-17.Arab films will also be programmed in the festival's out-of competition ArabianNights section as well as in the Emerging Emiratisstrand.