The inaugural run in 2007 screened more than 80 films, a number set to increase this year. Also new will be competition sections devoted to student films (with $75,000 in prizes) and promos (trailers, TV, radio, online and print advertising) with a $50,000 top prize. Out of competition new strands include environmental films.
MEIFF hosted a Berlin reception Tuesday night where guests included Harvey Weinstein.
Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouie, director general of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, said: 'We are honuored to be attending the Berlinale this year and hope that we can work on mutual cooperation over the next few years with this prestigious festival. I am also looking forward to meeting with many more industry veterans so we can build on our successful first year.'