Wed Dec 10,2008

December 17 at DIFF is Open Day for Students Looking to Work in Film

On Wednesday, December 17, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will host an open day for aspiring filmmakers to learn about options in film education and how to break into the competitive film industry.

From 10:00 to 11:00, regional film schools will host an open day in the festival’s Industry Office. Universities and tertiary-level institutes that offer film and other media-related programmes will have desks at the festival centre and students may speak with them about the various courses on offer. The open day will be followed by an Industry Panel on laying the foundation for a career in film.

Shivani   Pandya, DIFF’s Managing Director, said: “The film industry can be an exciting field to be a part of and the options available in terms of specific disciplines within the realm of the film world are plenty.  But it can be extremely difficult to break into the film industry. Whether you are thinking about being a filmmaker, producer, scriptwriter, financier,  distributor or one of the many other associated specialities, the type of expertise and knowledge you will need to be successful will vary. Our hope is that we can open students’ eyes to the many career options that are available,  and give them the tools they need to begin developing themselves for the future.”

From 11:30 to 13:00, the ‘Getting Into the Film Industry’ session will accordingly look at the advantages and disadvantages of having formal film school training. Distinguished panellists will discuss their experiences in the industry and what made them decide their career paths. Jane Williams,  Manager of DIFF’s Industry Office, will moderate a panel comprised of Nandita Das, Indian actress and now director, with her debut feature Firaaq at DIFF 2008; James Hindman of the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts; Maysoon Pachachi, whose documentary Open Shutters Iraq screens at DIFF; and Greg Shapiro, producer of Hollywood blockbuster The Hurt Locker, by Kathryn Bigelow.

The Industry Office was established by DIFF in 2006 as a platform for networking and information sharing between international and regional film professionals.

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