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DIFF 2009 volunteer recruitment drive in November

Mon Nov 02,2009

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the leading cinema event of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, will conduct its volunteer recruitment drive for this year in November. Open to all nationalities and age-groups, the volunteer programme offers UAE residents the opportunity to be part of the action, excitement and glamour associated with DIFF.

Organizers are seeking over 500 volunteers to help ensure a smooth run of the event that is expected to draw industry professionals from the regional and international cinema industry.

The volunteer recruitment for DIFF 2009 will be held on November 17, 22 and 29 from 6pm to 8pm at the Knowledge Village Auditorium. On November 17, the recruitment is exclusively for UAE nationals while the other two dates are open for all other nationalities. Those who are interested in volunteering for the event must register online at www.dubaifilmfest.com and confirm their attendance on a chosen date by e-mail to diffvolunteer@tecom.ae. Successful applicants will be called for a DIFF orientation prior to the Festival, and assigned to different departments.

Shivani Pandya, Managing Director of Dubai International Film Festival, said the volunteer programme has been central to the event in the past years making DIFF a truly community event. “Dubai is home to over 200 nationalities and our volunteer programme highlights the city’s multicultural and cosmopolitan outlook to DIFF visitors from around the world.”

The volunteer programme complements the ‘Bridging Cultures, Meeting Minds’ theme of DIFF, added Pandya. “With the wide variety of nationalities participating, it truly is an experience that bridges cultures and forges many new and lasting friendships. We’re looking for friendly volunteers who like working with the public to do a variety of tasks before and during the festival.”

Over 1,500 volunteers, including a large number of high school and undergraduate students, lent their support to the past editions of the Festival in a variety of tasks ranging from ushers, transportation and guest relation assistants, floaters and runners, in addition to administrative roles.

During the week-long event volunteers will be on hand throughout the day at different festival venues including Madinat Jumeirah, First Gulf Theatre (Madinat Souk Theatre), Cinestar Cinemas at Mall of the Emirates, and Dubai Media City’s Amphitheatre.

Now in its sixth year, DIFF 2009 will be held from December 9 to 16. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of DIFF.

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