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Abu Dhabi Film Festival Collection

Call Number



1940-2014, inclusive
; 2007-2014, bulk



1.5 Linear Feet approximately 150 DVDs

Language of Materials

English .


The Abu Dhabi Film Festival Collection includes DVD copies of many films screened over the course of the festival's 2007-2014 run and ephemera related to the festival. The films represent the different sections of each festival as well as the work of local and international filmmakers.

Biographical / Historical

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival began in 2007 as the Middle East International Film Festival, rebranding itself in 2009. Since its inception, the festival's mission has been to foster a "vibrant film culture throughout the region." As part of this aim, ADFF worked to curate "exceptional international programmes to engage and educate the local community, inspire young filmmakers from the region and nurture the growth of the regional film industry." The annual event incorporated a variety of programs into the festival, including film screenings and competitions, galas, talks, workshops, and master classes. As represented by the films in this collection, the festival was international in nature. Many of the films though come from local or regional filmmakers (UAE and GCC) who competed in the festival's Emirates Film Competition. A portion of those filmmakers are amateur, part-time, or novice filmmakers. The festival was closed down after the 2014 iteration, with support for local and regional filmmakers continuing through the Sanad Abu Dhabi Film Fund.


The collection is organized chronologically by festival year. Within each annual version of the festival, the films are organized by the categories and competitions they were presented in at the festival, and within the categories they are organized alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains DVD copies of films screened at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival from its first festival in 2007 to the final one in 2014. The films represented in the collection come from the different competitions, showcases, and presentations from each of the versions of the festival; the national, regional, and international films are both documentary and fiction (narrative) in both short and feature length. The collection is made up of works that were made for submission to the festival, or were screened at many film festivals that year, as well as older films that were presented as part of showcases and retrospectives. Along with the films, the collection contains ephemera and publications (guides, brochures) from the festival.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. For more information contact

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is subject to all relevant copyright laws. For more information, contact

Preferred Citation

Published citations for films should take the following form: Identification of item, date; Abu Dhabi Film Festival Collection; ADMC 006; Media ID; NYUAD Archives and Special Collections; New York University Abu Dhabi Libraries.

Published Citations for archives should take the following form: Identification of item, date; Abu Dhabi Film Festival Collection; ADMC 006; box number; folder number; NYUAD Archives and Special Collections; New York University Abu Dhabi Libraries.

Custodial History

The films in the collection were acquired from the filmmakers or purchased from various commercial outlets by the NYU Abu Dhabi Library Archives and Special Collections. The accompanying archival material was collected by the library or acquired by donation.

Collection processed by

Samuel Ball

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 17:26:43 +0400.
Language: Description is written in: English, Latin script.


NYU Abu Dhabi, Archives and Special Collections
NYU Abu Dhabi
New York University Abu Dhabi, C-2
P.O. 129188
Abu Dhabi