Vistas International
Film Festival, 2023

Vistas International Film Festival (VIFF) is devoted to a greater appreciation of world cinema and culture. The festival seeks to support emerging filmmakers, open a fertile space for dialogue and collaborations within the industry, and most significantly share with the audiences of Abu Dhabi/U.A.E. the diverse and complex experiences of the globe through the intimate storytelling medium of cinema. It also focuses on the exchange of the Arab and International culture and make the region a hub of creativity. Abu Dhabi with its sizable population of the residents from all around the globe, is a natural choice for this purpose. Supported by two four54 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) & VOX Cinemas the festival is a landmark initiative to serve as a cultural gateway between Abu Dhabi/U.A.E. and the World Cinema. Abu Dhabi, being considered as the gateway to the whole world, only enhances the potential of the festival to emerge as the melting pot of diverse cultures using cinema as a medium.

With its eclectic mix of events, VIFF hopes to provide an entertaining, immersive as well as enriching environment to enable a new vibrant film community to develop in Abu Dhabi.

South Asian
Film Market

South Asian Film Market – MENA Edition is the most premiere event in the region for film and web series content creation, finance and distribution. The market is abuzz with content creators coming from across the region along with global high net-worth individuals and private equity players.

As the most coveted financial event of the region, South Asian Film Market – MENA Edition stands witness to the most amazing co-production, gap funding and book to screen deals for films and web series content. The Market has closed over 20 Million USD worth of business, from the time of its inception in 2018, facilitating mainstream Bollywood and Hollywood film makers

Hundreds of industry professionals ranging from festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, directors, OTT heads, heads of production houses and of course the world’s press, from almost every country in the South Asian Region converge at the event every year aspiring to connect with the best in the movie business.

South Asian Film Market – MENA Edition also hosts world class panel discussions on benefits (grants, permissions subsidies etc.) offered by different countries for shooting films and web series content in their most scenic locations.