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A look back at 2008 Dubai Film Market

Thefifth Dubai International Film Festival held in December 2008 introduced animportant new component, the Dubai Film Market.  To date Dubai has been among theEmirates the fastest growing tourist and business destination and has investedbillions of dollars into establishing a state of the art communications andmedia infrastructure. This includes a film sector for which the Dubai FilmFestival and the Dubai Film Market are essential ingredients, not to speak ofthe imminent opening in Dubai of th...

Tsui Hark, Rachid Bouchareb and Terry Gilliam honoured in Dubai

The Dubai International Film Festival today honoured two of its three 2008 Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients in a special press conference.   Tsui Hark, a major Hong Kong filmmaker, and Rachid Bouchareb, an Algerian-French director, were present to discuss their work with the audience.   Terry Gilliam, the third honouree, attended DIFF earlier in the week and received his award in a special award ceremony on December 12.   Moderator Simon Fiel...

Dubai International Film Festival Wrapped most successful edition ever

As the curtain falls on the landmark fifth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the foremost cultural event on Dubai's yearly calendar, organizers have released figures that indicate that the 2008 event was the most successful yet.   A total of 47 500 movie-goers streamed into DIFF's screenings as of Wednesday, December 17, representing a significant increase in festival attendance over 2007. Coveted seats went in a flash, particularly for the festival's Gala...

Dubai International Film Festival Awards

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) drew to a close last night with a stunning award ceremony to recognize the best films in the festival and in the AsiaAfrica and Arab Muhr Competitions. The Muhr Awards was expanded this year to include a new AsiaAfrica segment, which embraces films from emerging markets. Some of the entries were submitted from Afghanistan, Turkey, Cameroon and Kazakhstan. The Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema was strong than ever this year, with an incr...

Nicolas Cage Presents ‘Outstanding Filmmaker of the Year Award’ to Charles Roven Dark Knight producer

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) yesterday hosted a remarkable award ceremony in which Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage presented DIFF’s Outstanding Filmmaker of the Year Award to long-time collaborator, prolific producer Charles Roven. Roven is one of America’s highest-grossing producer this year, with The Dark Knight, starring the late Heath Ledger, Brothers Grimm, Get Smart, and the upcoming Season of the Witch to his credit. DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: ...

Iran's Ever-Reliable Cinema Once Again Fresh and Fantastic at DIFF 2008

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is a rich source of the best in international film, and fans of Iran’s ceaselessly productive and always interesting cinema industry can count on finding Persian film gems at DIFF 2008—including a film with a Dubai connection. Morality and family life concern director Majid Majidi, whose award-winning The Song of Sparrows is Iran’s entry for the 2009 Academy Awards. Innocent Karim works at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran, leading a simple a...

Masoud Amralla Al Ali jury member of Durban International Film Festival

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of the Dubai International Film Festival, has been selected as a jury member in the upcoming Durban International Film Festival. The Durban International Film Festival will be held from 23 July - 3 August at Durban in South Africa. Under the banner Love Film, Hate Xenophobia, the festival will showcase over 200 films from nearly 95 countries. Opening the festival is the African Premiere of Ralph Ziman’s Jerusalema, a gritty gangster thriller set ...

Dubai: in support of worldwide peace

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced that the documentary feature film, The Day After Peace, has been chosen as part of the Rhythm and Reels line up for 2008. This is in support of worldwide peace. The film has a cultural bridge theme furthering the Festival’s mandate to create intercultural understanding through the language of Cinema. The screening at DIFF will be held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mo...

DIFF is launching the Dubai Film Market

In its continuous effort of “Bridging Cultures, Meeting Minds”, DIFF is launching the Dubai Film Market during its 5th edition. The Dubai Film Market is committed to raising the visibility of world cinema - with an emphasis on Arab, Asian and African filmmakers - and stimulating regional and international film production and trade. Vision Dubai, to become a regional and international pioneer of audio-visual content trade. Mission To make Dubai Film Market a global stat...

Dubai introduces one minute film workshops for youth in partnership with UNICEF

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the conclusion of its successful ‘OneMinutesJr’ video production workshop for youth in Mumbai, with plans for future sessions in Dubai and Cairo, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Participants at the 5-day workshops received guidance in camera skills, shot and sound choices, story development and basic editing.The result is a collection of 60-second videos by artists of ages 12-20, showing the needs...

Dubai Fest launches ‘The Scene: Your UAE Film Network,’ Monthly screenings at the DUCTAC auditorium at Mall of the Emirates

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today introduced its new initiative, ‘The Scene: Your UAE Film Network,’ a series of monthly screenings at the DUCTAC auditorium at Mall of the Emirates, facilitated by UAE National filmmaker Nayla al Khaja. The first screening will be held November 30, and will showcase three award-winning films by Arab filmmakers. The series is dedicated to films that have not been commercially released in the UAE.  Director and producer al Khaja, whose short f...

‘Rhythm and Reels’ three-day event during DIFF 2007

 The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced its new initiative ‘Rhythm and Reels’ presented by Dubai Pearl. The three-day event during DIFF 2007 will bring unusual and cutting-edge film together with live musical performances; the festival has introduced the open-air series at the Dubai Media City amphitheatre to celebrate the mutually enriching relationship between film and music.The first screening, to be held on December 13, 2007, will bring 5-time Grammy Award-winning ...

George Clooney to attend and open Dubai Fest with Michael Clayton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Dubai International Film Festival (DI...

New initiatives for Dubai Industry Office

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has introduced a number of new initiatives for its Industry Office, including a Project Market, a producer's training program, and a screenwriting master class.   Under the guidance of Associate Director Jane Williams (industry consultant for reputed organizations such as Cinemart and  The European Commission), the DIFF Industry Office has been designed to provide a platform for information exchange and share of best practice between Arab f...

Sculpture Competition for UAE resident sculptors around the the new prize trophy Dubai Muhr Awards

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is offering UAE resident sculptors the chance to gain international recognition by shaping and crafting the new prize trophy for the annual Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema. ‘Muhr’ means young horse in Arabic, and represents the nobility, spirit and rich Arabian heritage of the region. The chosen design must reflect a theme of excellence in film, and convey strength and creativity.DIFF’s Artistic Director and Coordinator General of the ...

Dubai Fest calls for volunteers

As the countdown for the fourth Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) begins, organizers are seeking a temporary workforce to assist in operational aspects of the festival. To this end, DIFF will hold a job fair on Sunday, 2nd September, 2007 from 10am to 8pm at Dubai Knowledge Village. Over 200 temporary staff are needed in such vital areas as the Industry Office, Box Office and Customer Service, accreditation & registration, theatre operations and marketing, all of which offer an opport...

Masoud Amralla Al Ali appointed as the Festival Artistic Director for Dubai Fest

The Dubai International Film Festival today announced the appointment of Masoud Amralla Al Ali as the Festival Artistic Director. In his new capacity, Al Ali will oversee the programming for the festival that comprises films from Arab and international filmmakers. He will be ably assisted by a qualified team of programmers and colleague, Simon Field, the Director for International Programming. A UAE National, Al Ali was the Artistic Director of the UAE Cultural Foundation and the founder of the ...

DIFF Workshop to Explore Film as an Art and a Career at the Kids Press club

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today facilitated a talk with Dubai-based filmmaker Ali Faisal Mustafa, as part of a community outreach initiative to demystify cinema for young people and inspire them to pursue careers in the creative arts.The workshop was organized as a part of the activities for the Kids Press Club, Dubai Press Club’s annual summer camp for kids.Mustafa’s short film “Under the Sun” screened at DIFF 2005 and won the Emirates Film Competition in 2006. It has...

Dubai among the Hottest Film Fests according to US Today

America-wide newspaper USA Today has cited the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in a recent expose entitled, “Where in the World are the Hottest Film Fests?” DIFF ranked along with industry giants such as Sundance, the biggest independent festival in North America, and Cannes, which celebrated its 60th anniversary this year.The article pointed to the importance of DIFF’s mandate to bring people together in the Middle East to share cultural differences, and complimented its spirit a...

Dubai International Film Festival to Chair Proposed ’Arab Film Festival Guild’: First Gathering of Arab Film Festivals

Three leading Arab film festivals today agreed that the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will chair the proposed Arab Film Festival Guild, the first of its kind in the Arab world. The purpose of the proposed guild is to increase cooperation and exchange of expertise between festivals in everything from selection of stars to programming, position the Arab film industry internationally, and coordinate with international festivals to increase the presence of Arab films. Bi-annual meetings w...

The second annual Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema is now open

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced that the second annual Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema is now open, and will be accepting submissions until 31st August 2007. As part of the festival’s mandate of promoting Arab cinema, winners in three categories—feature films, shorts and documentaries—will receive handsome prizes that amount to over AED 1 million.Competing films must be made by a director of Arab nationality or origin, and the subject and storyline of...


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About Dubai

In 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival launched with its theme of ‘Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

‘Going into its fourth year, DIFF is held under the Honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organized by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

Reflecting Dubai’s cosmopolitan and multicultural character, the festival showcases a wide selection of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

DIFF aims at establishing itself as a major international festival, while continuing to act as a platform for showcasing excellence in Arab Cinema and simultaneously contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry and talent.

As one of the world’s fastest growing business and tourist destinations, Dubai provides an ideal meeting point for industry friends and colleagues from around the globe. DIFF creates an exciting atmosphere for exchanging ideas among a group of progressive film industry professionals. Moreover, the networking initiatives hosted by DIFF provide participants and guests a favourable setting for conducting business

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