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Dubai International Film Festival

December 6-14, 2013
Dubai, UAE

What’s It All About?

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the UAE 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.

Every year, DIFF presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond, introducing audiences to fresh new talent and original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking. The 10th edition will be held from December 6 to 14. DIFF has also extended its platform to present cinema from countries in Asia and Africa.

It has pioneered several industry initiatives with its Dubai Film Market (DFM), which runs concurrently with the festival. DFM is the business hub of the festival and the only platform in the Middle East dedicated to the development, production and distribution of Arab films. The market is attended annually by over 1,700 delegates from more than 90 countries.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Omar: Palestine’s Oscar entry, Omar, directed by Hany Abu Assad and featuring Adam Bakri, Samer Bisharat, Eyad Hourani and Waleed Zuaiter, will open the fest.

Celebration of Indian Cinema

Films showcased under this category are:


• The Voiding Soul

• Monsoon Shootout

• The Last Poem

Muhr Arab Feature Film

This section will feature the following films:

• Ladder To Damascus

• May In The Summer

• Pillow Secrets

• Laila’s Birthday

• The Proof

• Rock The Casbah

• Stable Unstable

• Void

• They Are The Dogs


About 15 documentaries will be screened at the fest, including:

Birds Of September

• Searching For Saris

• My Love Awaits Me By The Sea

• The Mulberry House

• The Square

• Waves

• Walls And People

Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to actor Martin Sheen and veteran Egyptian film critic Samir Farid.

Academy Partners With DIFF

DIFF will forge a new partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year. A delegation from the Academy including former president Sid Ganis and directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur will attend the event.

Closing Film

American Hustle: Director David O Russell’s American Hustle, which has Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as part of its cast, will close the festival.

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