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DIFF - Dubai International Film Festival

What is DIFF?

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa region. Ever-since it was first unveiled in 2004, the festival has been a great platform for Arab filmmakers and talent, leading the region’s cinema movement..

The festival with its wide choice of features, shorts and documentaries from across the world, depicts the true cosmopolitan and multicultural character of Dubai. DIFF forms an excellent platform for showcasing the excellence of Arab Cinema, while also contributing its bit to the development of the regional industry and talent, aiming to be a major international festival.

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Ever since its launch, DIFF has lived up to its motto, ‘Bridging Cultures, Meeting Minds”, and has introduced to Dubai a variety of films from each continent, apart from showcasing the best of Arab cinema. The films that were screenedincluded latest Bollywood blockbusters, Hollywood thrillers, debut films by Arab filmmakers, thought-provoking documentaries, controversial short films and more, which caught the attention of audiences and juries at Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance and the European Film Awards. The films threw light into diverse subjects like the after-effects of conflict or war, women’s emancipation, terrorism, desert ecology and other current social issues.

The DIFF features several shorts, documentaries and submissions from several countries across the world.

Apart from being a major international festival, it also serves as a premier showcase event for Arab Cinema, and contributes to the development and growth of the industry in the region.
The event celebrates cultures from across the world, and is the main component to contribute towards developing a cosmopolitan society, that thrives in Dubai.

The 2011 film festival will be held from 7th December to 14th December 2011 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

Easy Access

With the addition of the Grand Cineplex to the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Media City, and the Mall of Emirates screening venues, the Dubai residents can gain easy access to the festival, thereby easily incorporating the increase in festival activity. Between the 13th to 15th December, the audiences at the Grand Cineplex can see a range of DIFF films in screenings.

Tickets can also be purchased online through the DIFF website, which includes synopses of all festival offerings and schedules, apart from venue information and other festival news.

Dubai Duty Free, Emirates, Dubai Pearl and Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of the festival.

Dubai International Film Festival 2012

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched nine years ago, and it has had a profound impact on the film industry.

The week-long film festival serves as the ideal platform for local and international directors, writers, film-makers and actors who can get together to share ideas and inspirations through seminars and workshops to help each other achieve success in the regional market.

Held every December, the major international festival draws talents and celebrities from across the world. The Festival showcases premiers of mainstream and regional films, documentaries and shorts, apart from displaying African and Asian cinematic talent.

DIFF also includes a wide range of awards and the Dubai Film Market, a programme that facilitates co-operation between film-makers in order to bring in scripts to screen. The awards are a real support for forthcoming young, local film makers and offer them with seed money and valuable industry connections.

DIFF is a unique festival wherein, the films are used to cross boundaries, ideas and stereotypes, bringing in a series of stories from local GCC countries. The festival serves as the best week for gaining support from programmes and initiatives associated with DIFF.

Dubai International Film Festival 2011

Dubai Film Festival Red Carpet 2011

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