DIFF Daily 2011

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The ‘How To’ of Selling Films

Dec 12, 2011 - 08:07 PM

BY BADAR SALEM ‘If you made a film and it became a success, it means that you have a good film, but if it didn’t work out, it means that you have a bad sales agent,’ said Frederic Corvez of Urban Distribution International, during the How To Sell Films panel, which took place at DIFF on Saturday. Corvez told the audience that filmmakers and producers should take their time when choosing their sales agents. ‘You have to cast the sales company you want to work with, know how they do business, which markets they’re focusing on, what is their strategy, target …’ he explained. ‘Go with the sales ... read more

‘One Night to Change Lives’ raises over $1 million

Dec 12, 2011 - 06:18 PM

BY DIANA LODDERHOSE Dubai’s glitterati and global cinema stars descended upon The Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa for the Dubai Cares and Oxfam Charity Gala on Saturday night. The black-tie event, held under the patronage of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, was hosted by the Dubai Intl. Film Festival and IWC Schaffhausen and saw a range of stars including Owen Wilson, Ronan Keating and Helena Christensen, attend in an effort to raise money to benefit communities and individuals around the world, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. At the foot of the Burj Khalifa, with the backdrop of magnificent water fountains, ... read more


Dec 12, 2011 - 05:53 PM

BY RANIA HABIB It’s one of the oldest film industries in the world - and one of the most respected. Having pioneered much of the technical and artistic practices that would shape film production worldwide during the early part of the 20th century, Germany remains to this day one of the most progressive and respected film industries in the world. And this year, it’s being celebrated at DIFF, in the In Focus programme. The German focus got off to a dramatic start on Thursday, with the screening of the 1929 silent film ‘Die Büchse Der Pandora’ , featuring a live accompaniment by the UAE Philharmonic ... read more


Dec 12, 2011 - 05:45 PM

BY MIRA YACOUB At DIFF, as with any other film festival, there are a wide variety of short films coming from all over the world. But are short films a self-sufficient genre within themselves, or are they regarded as a rite of passage for aspiring filmmakers at the start of their careers? This is an interesting question and is answered in various ways by different filmmakers. Ahmed Ghoneimy (‘Bahari’) says that short films are not a necessary first step for a filmmaker to start their career. Yet the Palestinian short film juror Annemarie Jacir, who is a filmmaker herself, says: ‘It’s a good way to start ... read more

Women on Top at DFC Awards

Dec 12, 2011 - 05:28 PM

BY RANIA HABIB Women ruled the Dubai Film Connection Awards last night, as prizes were presented to filmmakers from all over the Arab world. With three grand prizes of USD25,000, the Dubai International Film Festival Awards went to ‘Eyes of A Thief’ by director Najwa Najjar and producer Hani Kort, ‘The Eye of the Devil’ by director Katia Jarjoura and producer Jerome Bleitrach, and ‘When Home Becomes Hell’ by director Dalila Ennadre and producer Damien Froidevaux. It was a bittersweet moment for Ennadre, whose partner Froidevaux passed away last month. ‘It’s so difficult to make a film that ... read more

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