70 Movies, 20+ Countries & 15,000 Attendees; META Film Festival Returns To Dubai In November

META Film Festival
by Deeplata Garde

Dubai, the thriving hub of art and culture, is set to once again bask in the cinematic limelight. The eagerly awaited META Film Fest makes its grand return for its second edition. This star-studded international motion picture gala will orchestrate an extraordinary celebration of cinema. Renowned for its portrayal of the finest global films, the festival is a beacon for filmmakers, industry professionals, and cinephiles. It will unfold its cinematic experience from November 9 to 12, 2023, within the exquisite location of VOX Cinemas at Wafi City.

Dates, Venue And What To Expect At META Film Festival, Dubai


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Building upon the resounding success of its inaugural edition, the META Film Fest 2023 is gearing up to deliver an unparalleled cinematic extravaganza. The focus lies on offering a cinematic experience marked by the hallmark of quality content. The festival will host an array of workshops and masterclasses designed to nurture budding filmmakers. It will also unveil premieres of cutting-edge independent productions and studio-crafted masterpieces. To judge these cinematic gems, a prestigious, high-profile judging panel will assemble.

Over the course of four exhilarating days, the festival’s screen will be illuminated with more than 70 captivating movies from over 20 countries. Ten enriching workshops will impart knowledge and skills to aspiring filmmakers. Over 50 global celebrities will grace the event, joined by a passionate audience of 15,000 cinephiles.

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Awards Ceremony, Cinema & Sustainability


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At the heart of the festival’s essence lies the illustrious red-carpet awards ceremony. Moreover, it will draw stars from the film and entertainment industries. In addition, expect to catch a glimpse of international and regional celebrities. Furthermore, this year’s awards will span 12 categories, encompassing feature films, short films, documentaries, debut works, student projects, and films championing sustainability. Most importantly, new special categories have been introduced to celebrate the rising talent of the UAE’s homegrown filmmakers.

Under the overarching theme of “Cinema and Sustainability,” the festival proudly welcomes the
eco-friendly lifestyle and homeware brand Innara. It is also the official Sustainability Sponsor. This dedication to sustainability extends to the introduction of several new directorial voices. It’s aimed at inspiring the pioneers championing sustainable practices in the realm of cinema.

With its diverse and captivating line-up, the META Film Fest stands balanced to enthral cinephiles. It also aims to bolster Dubai’s Creative Economy. META Film Fest 2023 is ready to mesmerize, inspire, and celebrate the magic of cinema on an international stage as the curtain rises

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