Celebrated In: United Arab Emirates
Dubai International Film Festival 2013
See the movies that everyone is talking about at the Dubai International Film Festival!
- December 2013
- General Public
- Arts & Culture, Entertainment, Festival
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) launched 9 years ago and the impact it has had on the region’s film industry has been enormous. This week-long film festival serves as a platform where local and international directors, film-makers, writers and actors can come together to share ideas and inspiration through workshops and seminars to help each other achieve success in the regional market.
Held every December, this major international festival attracts talent and celebrities from all over the world. It holds premieres of mainstream and regional films, shorts and documentaries – often on subjects rarely tackled elsewhere in the world. In recent years, DIFF has also started showcasing African and Asian cinematic talent.
DIFF also accepts films that have been submitted to other international festivals to help local talent gain global recognition and to further highlight the burgeoning film industry in the Middle East.
This pioneering film festival in the Middle East has launched a wide range of awards and also, the Dubai Film Market, a programme which facilitates cooperation between local film-makers in order to bring scripts to screens. Many of its awards support up-and-coming young, local film makers and provide them with seed money and valuable industry connections.
For visitors, DIFF is a festival like no other where film is used to cross boundaries, stereotypes and ideas, bringing a wide array of stories from local GCC countries to life. For industry professionals, this festival is an invaluable week for networking and gaining support from programmes and initiatives associated with the Dubai International Film Festival.