DIFF Daily 2010

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Day 1

Meet the Programmers

Dec 12, 2010 - 02:47 PM

ANTONIA CARVER, Arabian Programmes How would you summarise the past 12 months in Arab cinema? What’s exciting is to see is a lot of young filmmakers coming up – we received a huge number of quite brilliant short films from students, which bodes so well for the future; the Muhr feature film competition this year includes many first and second-time filmmakers. We have strong, independent, auteur voices coming through, filmmakers that are young but confident enough to play with genres and styles, and produce really original filmmaking, both in documentaries and features. We’ve also noticed an increase in ... read more

Bringing the Gala Arena to Life

Dec 12, 2010 - 02:44 PM

When you enter the lavish surroundings of the Madinat Arena for a gala screening, attention is naturally focused on the evening’s forthcoming main presentation. But did you know that merely a week ago, this cavernous space was just an empty shell? Yet according to DIFF’s Director of Festival Development, Dan Butkovich, the set-up procedure has been honed over the years to the point where it is now possible to transform the empty Arena into a state-of-the-art screening venue in an astonishing five days. “The process starts a few months ahead of DIFF, when we begin planning in earnest,” says Butkovich. ... read more

Over 220 films participate in DIFF’s Dubai Filmmart for global distribution and outreach

Dec 12, 2010 - 02:30 PM

The Dubai Filmmart, the trading and distribution platform of the Dubai International Film Festival’s comprehensive Dubai Film Market, has secured a record showcase of over 220 films from around the world for its 2010 edition. Since its launch in 2008, Filmmart has fielded more than 750 films. In 2009, Filmmart facilitated over USD2 million worth in trade deals for more than 150 films. Last year, over 3,100 screenings were made for industry buyers at the Dubai Filmmart. Industry buyers at DIFF will have one of the strongest repertoires of films to choose from including 103 films screened at DIFF, 43 films ... read more

Dubai Film Market: Scripting Success On Screen

Dec 12, 2010 - 02:14 PM

One of the major factors in DIFF’s success is the Festival’s continuously evolving industry programme, servicing all aspects of film production from script to screen. Unique in the Middle Eastern region, the programme has been revamped this year under the banner of the Dubai Film Market. By streamlining its comprehensive suite of networking events, film sales, educational facilities, industry functions, international expert advice and financial awards, under one comprehensive programme, the Market is aimed at professionals at any stage of the filmmaking cycle. There are a number of exciting new ... read more

DIFF celebrates Cinema Legends from Lebanon, Mali and USA

Dec 12, 2010 - 01:40 PM

Three legends, three astonishing careers, three Lifetime Achievement Awards! The 2010 edition of DIFF has brought together three very distinct and deserving individuals from across the world to receive our annual accolade this year and to demonstrate that despite quite different backgrounds, artistry, talent and humanity know no language or cultural barriers. From Lebanon, DIFF honours veteran actress and singer Sabah. Sabah is loved by her legion of fans across Lebanon and the wider Arab diaspora, for her iridescent voice, which has gilded many of her graceful yet forceful screen roles, in a successful ... read more

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