Sun Nov 10,2013

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced today that its Founding Sponsors, Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, have extended their support for DIFF’s 10th edition.

The annual Festival, scheduled to run from December 6 to 14, is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and showcases the best in regional and international cinema.

Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF Chairman, commended the Founding Sponsors’ continuous commitment and support: “Our Founding Sponsors, who have supported us for the past nine years, have helped us witness an escalated success every year, enabling DIFF to be recognized as the region’s most leading film festival. We are looking forward to collaborating with Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah to celebrate 10 years of the Festival and we thank them for their unwavering support.” 

Mr. Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, said “The Dubai International Film Festival was able to effectively establish itself as an exceptional event in the highly competitive film industry in such a short period of time. The Festival has been able to build local, regional and international fan bases, which substantiates how successful it continues to be every year, and for that reason, we feel very proud to be part of it.”

Mr. Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline, the Festival’s official airline, said: “We have a shared vision with the Dubai International Film Festival – to cut across borders, build cultural bridges and broaden horizons. Over our 10-year partnership, it has been extremely rewarding for us at Emirates to see the Festival grow in statute and prominence. The Festival has worked tirelessly to support the filmmaking industry in the Middle East and develop local talent, as well as to attract global cinema visionaries to Dubai and the region. We are extremely proud to be a part of this movement.”

Madinat Jumeirah, the official home of DIFF, is now synonymous with the Festival. Margaret Paul, Resort General Manager of Madinat Jumeirah, said: “We have witnessed the Dubai International Film Festival grow year after year and become such a key event for the Middle East. DIFF have never failed to impress us with its growing success and we are delighted to celebrate their 10th edition.”

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