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Dubai International Film Festival


The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The 12th edition of DIFF will take place from December 9-16, 2015. For more updatd information about diff, please visit dubaifilmfest.com


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Dubai Film Market Strengthens Its Initiatives to Promote Arab Cinema

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the Dubai Film Market’s (DFM) plans to strengthen its programme to further support filmmakers, develop a thriving film culture in the region, build a sustainable industry and promote Arab cinema on an international platform for the 12th edition which runs from December 9-16, 2015. The Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the region’s co-production market will return to the DFM. Launched in 2007, the DFC raised the visibility of ...

IWC Schaffhausen and DIFF open submissions for the fourth IWC Filmmaker Award

As Official ‘Festival-Time’ Partner and ‘Supporting’ Sponsor of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen today announced that submissions are now open for the highly anticipated fourth annual IWC Filmmaker Award, to be presented on 10 December in Dubai. The winning filmmaker will receive a grant of USD 100,000 to help them bring their ideas to life on screen. This collaboration reinforces IWC’s global commitment...

DIFF 2010...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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          Muhr Emirati First Prize BORED Director: Nayla Al Khaja United Arab Emirates Second Prize SABEEL Director: Khalid Al Mahmood United Arab Emirates Special Jury Prize HAMAMA Director: Nujoom Alghanem United Arab Emirates Special Mention WIND Director: Waleed Al Shehhi United Arab Emirates Muhr Arab - Feature Best Actress SIX, SEVEN, EIGH...

Closing Ceremony for DIFF 2010

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          Colourful closing ceremony of DIFF telecast live exclusively on Abu Dhabi Emarat Channel Highlights of the finale of DIFF 2010 include the Festival’s honouring of its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Honourees; and the presentation of the 2010 Muhr Arab, Muhr Asia Africa and Muhr Emirati Awards. The live telecast also covered the red carpet ceremony attended by international celebrities and stars from the Arab world and the UAE. ...

Stray Bullet

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Georges Hachem's Lebanese film 'Stray Bullet' sold out theaters for its two screening at DIFF 2010   It was in competition for best Middle East film at awards and won for Best Picture.   Summary: Noha is about to get married. Her family is relieved to see her take advantage of this last chance before officially becoming a spinster just like her sister. Everything seems to be going well. However, on this special Sunday of August 1976 in Lebanon, on...

Director Nassim Abassi in Dubai

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  Nassim Abassi's 'Majid'                                   Nassim Abassi, the passionate Moroccan director who made The Winter Sun is a Lie (2005)  is here to speak about his new film Majid (2010) MAJID is is expected to be released later this year in Moroccan cinemas and will be the first film project of Na...

Colin Farrell speaks

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          Dubai International Film Festival hosts public conversation with leading actor Colin Farrell Colin Farrell, the star of In Bruges, Phone Booth and Minority Report, has legions of fans across the world, and had earlier walked the red carpet at DIFF along with the cast of ‘The Way Back,’ including Jim Sturgess (Heartless, 21, The Other Boleyn Girl), Ed Harris (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Appaloosa), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, City of...

DAM 999

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  The trailer and more info on the movie is available on  www.damthemovie.com .   DAM 999, is an English movie with Hollywood/Bollywood starcast which is nearing completion.   A major portion of the movie was shot in UAE. It is a tribute to the 1975 banqiao dam disaster of china which took the lives of 250,000 .The movie is an Oscar bidding project and has 16 national and international award winners in  and behind it.   DAM 9...

Reign of Assassins

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Fortissimo Films' 'Reign of Assassins' screened after the UAE short film 'The Philosopher'. Actor Jean Reno and director John Woo were in attendance to present their latest films. ...

Peace talks and Cairo Exit

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  DIFF 2010 ‘Cultural Bridge Day' on Dec. 16 promotes intercultural dialogue through cinema The ‘Cultural Bridge Day' opened with the screening of Egyptian director Hesham Issawi's Cairo Exit, a powerful account of life in contemporary Cairo about two star-crossed lovers. The film shines the spotlight on the social and cultural taboos that riddle the city's diverse population. Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director, Dubai International Film Festival, said: &quo...

Cairo Exit

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Thursday December 16, Egyptian film 'Cairo Exit' held its premier at DIFF 2010. Cast and crew were present to attend screening. ‘Cairo Exit' features actors Maryhan, Mohammed Ramadan and Sanna Muzian, and director Hesham Issawi. French superstar Catherine Deneuve joined 'Cairo Exit' team on the red carpet and at the premier. 'Cairo Exit', a film that the director Hesham Issawi described as being a very difficult film to make but its professional and talented cast ...

Panel on Distribution today, DIFF

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Director Peter Weir, distributor Hala Sarhan and sales agent Michael Werner discuss future of film distribution at DIFF 2010. Theme was that the modern film distribution factor is in state of chaos. Peter Weir said, “you have to adapt to new film market. We must protect and conserve new indie filmmakers of world or we will frighten them and scare them. It’s a curious middle road today. We have to encourage the very thing that is draining financing from us. It scares us and yet ...

The Way Back premier at DIFF

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Red carpet gala of ‘The Way Back’ (Dec. 15) at the Dubai International Film Festival Celebrities who attended were Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Phone Booth, Minority Report) Ed Harris (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Appaloosa), Jim Sturgess (Heartless, 21, The Other Boleyn Girl), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, City of Ember, The Lovely Bones), Mark Strong, Dragoş Bucur, and Gustaf Skarsgård. The film is an Exclusive Media Group, National Geographic Entertainment and Imagenation...

Colin Firth interacted with public at ‘In Conversation' session at DIFF 2010

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Renowned actor Colin Firth, the star of the opening film of the seventh Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), The King’s Speech, interacted with visitors to the festival at the ‘In Conversation’ session. It followed the actor being presented with the Variety ‘International Star of the Year’ Award today (Monday, Dec. 13) at the First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, from 4 to 5pm.                &...

Over 220 films participate in DIFF's Dubai Filmmart for global distribution and outreach

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Industry buyers at DIFF will have one of the strongest repertoires of films to choose from including 103 films screened at DIFF, 43 films from the Gulf Film Festival, and 78 Filmmart-recommended films. The line-up includes 23 world premieres, 6 international Premieres, 37 Middle East premieres, and 21 GCC premieres. Ziad Yaghi, Director, Dubai Filmmart, said the trading and distribution platform has grown considerably over the past years by successfully accomplishing distribution deals fo...

The Jury for DIFF 2010 Human Rights Film Network Award

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The award introduced in 2009, is aimed at encouraging and promoting films that address human rights issues. At DIFF 2010, 10 films will vie for the honours. Judging the submissions for the HRFN award is Kebour Genna of the Addis International Film Festival; Taco Ruighaver, Director, the Movies that Matter Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Syrian filmmaker Sawsan Darwaza, whose films depict the harsh realities of life in strife-torn areas of the Middle East yet with a powerful messag...

Among the must-watch films at DIFF 2010 are hard-hitting tales from the Arab world and Asia

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Screening on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 10 pm at Cinestar 9, Mall of the Emirates (MoE), is director Shuchen Tan’s ‘Baghdad Film School.’ The film is about Iraqi born filmmakers Maysoon Pachachi and Kasim Abid who developed the challenging idea to open up the first independent film school in Iraq. With a car loaded with video equipment, they undertook their dangerous journey from Amman to Baghdad and in March 2004 they opened up the doors of their school. Their mission was to give a voice to ...

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About Dubai International Film Festival

Wilcox Alison
(Dubai International Film Festival)

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The 12th edition of DIFF will take place from December 9-16, 2015.

DIFF has established itself as a major international festival, while continuing to serve as a premier showcase event for Arab cinema, and contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry.

DIFF’s pioneering initiatives such as the Muhr Awards, Dubai Film Connection and Dubai Film Market have enriched professional experiences in the region, while also raising the profile of regional works on the world stage.

The festival has left an indelible impression on its guests, industry professionals and viewers, through its events, workshops, seminars and principal mandate of presenting the finest selection of cinema from all over the world. DIFF is a frontrunner in promoting better cultural understanding through creative achievements in film.


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