Riding of the back of the success of its inaugural edition, and taking place in the enhancing city of Dubai, the one unique place in the world where East meets West, with close to 200 nationalities living in harmony, META Film Festival is set to be one of the world's leading film festivals.

The event is set to bring the latest blockbusters as well as independent, regional, and local productions to movie lovers for a four-day jammed packed festival from 9-12 November.

Casts and stars will accompany many of the hit releases on exclusive red-carpet appearances and after parties, with a chance for audience to interact with their favorite stars and filmmakers.

The festival will conclude with a closing party and awards ceremony on the 12th of November, which will recognize and award the best films at the festival.

Due to its location, the festival guarantees one of the most diversified audiences present at any festival, with the legendary glitz and glamour of Dubai to accompany.

META Film Market includes the following Awards:
- 3 Awards in Feature Category
- 3 Awards in Shorts Category
- 3 Awards in Debut Category
- 2 Awards in Documentary Category
- 2 Awards for Films Focused on Sustainability
- 2 Awards for Student Projects

Content submitted for consideration at META Film Festival must fulfill the following conditions:

Movies can be submitted in any language, but all movies must be subtitled in English if English not first language.

Festival is open to all movie genres.

Film lengths should be as follows:
- Full Features: Length up to 150"
- Shorts: Length up to 50"
- Documentaries: Length up to 110"

All movie completion dates submitted must be between: 2022-2023

Movie origin is global and open to everyone.

All submitted films must have been completed within 12-months of the festival date.

No movie that has had any public screening in UAE or is available on any online platform can be submitted to the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Cath Murphy

    The staff at META film festival were terrific responsive via email and extremely helpful
    Me we’re delighted to be included in their line up

    December 2022
  • A wonderful film festival run by an exceptional team. We will always be grateful for the support and encouragement which our film “Muthayya” got from the programming team and the jury. Even though it was the inaugural edition, the Meta Film Fest team went out of their way to ensure that everything was smooth, right from screenings to networking. A big shout out to Leila Masinaei and her entire team for kickstarting the fest in Dubai, and we can’t wait to come back soon with our future projects.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    We are so happy that you submitted your beautiful film to the festival, and were delighted to meet you. We look forward to collaborating together for many years to come. Thank you.

  • Christophe Rolin

    It takes a village to make a movie. It takes even more for a film to find a home. Home, as the right place to reach the right audience. I feel the Meta Film Festival was one of those places.

    I want to thank the Festival and all the volunteers, the selection committee, the jury and the audience.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Christophe and we are so delighted that you trusted your beautiful film to us. It was a delighted to collaborate with you and we look forward to years ahead.

  • Negash Abdurahman

    Delighted to be part of this festival. They pulled all the stops to make it memorable. Thank you Leila, Sherveen and everyone else who worked hard to make this festival a success

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for taking part Negash.

  • Amazing festival - it was a real honor to be part of it! I wish the best of luck to this festival and I hope to see you growing BIG! Thank you!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    You are such a delighted to work with and know dear Anastasia. Thank you for trusting your film to us and taking part in the event. Look forward to seeing you soon.