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Diff 2017: Ministry of Interior’s Cinema Award announced

Nominated filmmakers will be vying for the top prize that carries a $100,000 cash reward

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Darin Sallam (R) with the MOICA Award for "Farha" during the Muhr Awards on day eight of the 13th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 14, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) has partnered with UAE’s Ministry of Interior for an award that will see filmmakers from the region compete for a $100,000 (Dh367,160) prize.

While Emirati director and producer Nayla Al Khaja will put forward her short film Animal this year, Rawia Abdullah will present her film The Contact Line of Domfront and filmmaker Amal Al Agroobi will compete with her film Disruptive Servant. Other nominees include Wael Abumansour with Amusement Park; Kombars by award-winning Bahraini filmmaker Mohammad Rashid Buali; Mohammad Helail’s Eight Other People; and The Crown of Olives by Muzna Al Musafer.

The winner will be presented at the Muhr Award Ceremony on December 13.

“The Ministry of Interior Cinema Awards was designed with the idea of nurturing the next generation of scriptwriters so they may have the best platform on which they can propel themselves to new heights,” said Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Diff’s artistic director. “Winners gone by are a testament to what this award has to offer to Arab cinema and we hope that we can continue to foster the stars of the future and help them to reach their potential and realise their dreams.”

Ticket packages to Diff, which will take place from December 6 to 13, are available on