Abu Dhabi fest to link films, back­ers

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar -

Abu Dhabi, cap­i­tal of the United Arab Emi­rates, said it plans an in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val aimed at cou­pling movie projects with banks, hedge funds and other fi­nan­cial com­pa­nies in­vest­ing in cin­ema.

The an­nounce­ment comes months af­ter the emi­rate set out its de­signs for an is­land art com­plex that will in­clude the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi mu­seum and the Guggen­heim Abu Dhabi art mu­seum.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the Mid­dle East In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, to be held Oct. 12-17, gave no de­tails on how much the Abu Dhabi gov­ern­ment may in­vest. Nor would they list film tal­ent or lenders tak­ing part. De­tails will be re­leased in com­ing weeks, they said.

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