The Algerian director Merzak Allouache will be presented with the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award at a special ceremony at Emirates Palace today.
Allouache made his feature debut in 1976 with the acclaimed Omar Gatlato, a cynical depiction of young men in Algerian society.
This movie was screened on Saturday as part of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival's special programme of debut films by Arab filmmakers.
Allouche's latest work, The Rooftops, was the only Arab film in official selection at the Venice Film Festival this year.
It is one of the entries for this year's ADFF Narrative Competition and will be shown at 3.45pm on Wednesday, October 30 at Vox 5, Marina Mall.
For information about tickets visit www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae