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Muhr Awards

In 2006, DIFF launched the Muhr competition for short films, features and documentaries originating from the United Arab Emirates and Arab world. The prestigious competition is heavily contested and has emerged as a definitive platform for Arab film, nurturing and rewarding filmmaking excellence in the Arab world. The competition has helped raise profiles of award recipients on the international stage and drawing attention to cinema from the region and to date has distributed 255 Muhr Awards. The competition is adjudicated by prestigious international juries.

Who’s eligible for the Muhr Emirati Awards?

Directors originating from the UAE are eligible to submit their films to the competition.

Who’s eligible for the Muhr Feature and Shorts Awards?

Film-makers originating from the Arab world, with films whose subjects are related to their regions, are eligible to submit their films to the competition.

The Muhr Emirati and Arab competitions award the following prizes:

  • Best Muhr Fiction Feature - AED 200,000 where the cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.
  • Best Muhr non-Fiction Feature - AED 100,000 where the cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.
  • Best Muhr Short – AED 50,000 where the cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.
  • Best Emirati Film – AED 50,000 where the cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.
  • Eligibility for People’s Choice Award: All feature films selected in DIFF Programme, will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award.