What’s It All About?
The Dubai International Film
Festival (DIFF) is a leading festival of the Middle East, Asia and Africa 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.
DIFF has also extended its platform to present and honour excellence in cinema from countries in Asia and Africa. Independent and established talents from Asian and African countries with a burgeoning cinema culture are given prominent standing in the festival’s programme and competition.
It has pioneered several industry initiatives with its Dubai Film Market, which runs concurrently with the festival. DIFF’s other pioneering initiative, the Muhr Awards, has also played a part in raising the profile of regional work on the world stage.
Watch Out For!
The Dubai Film Market
The Dubai Film Market is the business centre of DIFF. The festival has revealed the 15 projects selected for participation in its highly successful co-production market, the Dubai Film Connection (DFC). The projects, all by Arab filmmakers, will vie for over USD 100,000 in award money and partnership
opportunities with international organisations, with the aim of bringing their scripts to screen.
Hollywood actor Cate Blanchett will join the jury to select the winner for the Filmmaker Award in December during the DIFF. Joining Blanchett is Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, the sponsors of award; Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF; Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of DIFF; and Olivier Pere, General Director of Paris-based Arte France Cinema. The winner will be announced during the festival.
A cash prize of $ 100,000 will be presented to the winner of the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award.
The four shortlisted projects in this category are:
• Nothing Doing In Baghdad by Maysoon Pachachi
• The Sleeping Tree by Mohammed Rashed Buali
• Girls In The Know by Abdullah Al Kaabi
• From A To B by Ali F Mostafa
These feature-length fiction film projects were selected from hundreds of established and upcoming directors from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
DIFF and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) have also announced a partnership for the festival.
Some of the other screenings include:
• Cloud Atlas
• Rust And Bone
• Shut Up And Play The Hits
• Valley Of Saints
• Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey