Dubai film festival in December
Dubai, February 22, 2012
The ninth Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held from December 9 to 16, 2012, it was announced recently at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, recorded strong growth in 2011 across parameters including the number of films, premieres, Arab films, capacity, attendance at galas, sales, admissions, industry activity, and in the number and quality of industry and media delegates.
Additionally, four of the DIFF 2011-supported films, including Death for Sale by Morocco’s Faouz Bensaidi; DIFF-award winner The Last Friday by Jordan’s Yahya Alabdallah, Gate #5 by Lebanon’s Simon El Habre; and The Rif Lover by Morocco’s Narjiss Nejjar were at the Berlin festival. The latter three films were supported by the Dubai Film Market’s post-production support programme, Enjaaz; the first by its co-production market, Dubai Film Connection.
As part of its commitment to nurturing talent, the Festival also awarded more than US$600,000 to filmmakers from the UAE, the Arab world, Asia and Africa via its competitions.
Festival chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “Ultimately, our biggest achievement across the years is in increasing awareness of and access to Arab cinema at home and abroad, while simultaneously developing its talent and its product to ensure its sustained future. This is what we set out to achieve almost 10 years ago, and we are proud to witness exponential success year on year.”
The Investment Corporation of Dubai is the title sponsor of the Dubai International Film Festival. – TradeArabia News Service