Registration open for Dubai film fest


Registration for media, industry and students is now open for the 10th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) which runs from 6 to 14 December 2013. 

Shivani Pandya, DIFF managing director says: “I encourage everyone to register earliest to reserve a seat to celebrate Dubai’s December festival, the platform for Arab filmmakers and where excellence in cinema from around the world is showcased.

“We look forward to welcoming back those who have supported us over the past 10 years and encourage those who haven’t been before to come and experience DIFF.’

Over the last 10 years DIFF has earned a reputation as a destination for discovering and showcasing Arab cinema and the best of international cinema. In 2012, more than 150 films were screened including 50 world premieres from 56 countries.

As well as a diverse array of films, DIFF is renowned for the Dubai Film Market (DFM), the leading sales and acquisitions platform in the Middle East dedicated to development, production and distribution of film.

DFM’s project arms, such as Enjaaz, which is DIFF’s post-production funding support programme for filmmakers of Arab origin and The Exchange, DIFF’s training and partnership activities with leading international organisations, will continue its commitment to nurturing UAE and Arab talent to further accelerate the film industry in the region.

The DFM at DIFF will offer extensive opportunities for all industry delegates. Last year more than 2,000 executives, distributors, producers, commissioners, funders, advisors and buyers attended the festival from around the world to do business.

The DFM gives delegates access to a range of initiatives that support and fund projects originating from the Arab world. Emerging as an invigorating market place, with an increasing demand for stands and representation of sales companies and film commissions, here filmmakers pitch new ideas, meet potential production investors and production partners.

Sales agents and distributers can access the successful Cinetech, a fully-digitised library of the festival’s film programme plus a selection of films which have been shown in festivals in the region. Last year’s collection included 335 films representing 62 countries in 45 languages and witnessed many successful deals and collaborations. 

Media and industry candidates granted access to DIFF’s decennial edition will be offered a programme of screenings, red carpet access, galas, master classes, discussions, industry support, workshops and the opportunity to meet filmmakers, onscreen talent and industry professionals from across the globe.

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