DIFF joins hands with MIPTV – world’s entertainment content market - to strengthen visibility of Arab filmmakers globally

Tue Dec 13,2011

Dubai, UAE; December 13, 2011: The eighth Dubai International Film Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has joined hands with MIPTV, the leading international content market and showcase for television and digital entertainment, to strengthen the visibility of emerging filmmakers in the Middle East region by exposing their works to a wider, international audience.

Ted Baracos, Director Market Development at MIPTV, said “As part of this new partnership, the winners of the documentary and feature sections of the in-competition Muhr Awards – DIFF’s prestigious in-competition honours - will have their films screened at the 49th annual MIPTV (Palais des Festival – Cannes). This will provide the winning filmmakers with a perfect opportunity to access the largest gathering of buyers globally, as well as benefit from networking sessions with international distributors and other industry professionals who attend MIPTV and the MIPDoc screenings.

Scheduled to run from April 1 to 4, 2012, MIPTV brings together over 11,000 media and television industry professionals from 100 countries.

Shivani Pandya, Managing Director, Dubai International Film Festival, said: “MIPTV’s global standing as a premier entertainment industry showcase offers DIFF’s Muhr Award winners the opportunity to reach a wider global audience. The partnership will further add to DIFF’s proven commitment to support filmmakers from the inception of their project to trade and distribution; in short, the entire production and post-production cycle.”

Bassil Hajjar, Middle East Representative, MIPTV, said: “At MIPTV, we truly believe in DIFF’s mandate of bringing the most promising filmmakers to an international audience. We are positive that this collaboration will lead to a wider understanding and appreciation for Arab producers and the Arab film industry.”

From shaping deals to making new connections, MIPTV unravels new business opportunities for Arab filmmakers. More information on MIPTV is available on

The DIFF box office is open at Additional information is also available through the Festival’s dedicated customer care number, 363 FILM (3456).

The Investment Corporation of Dubai is the title sponsor of the Dubai International Film Festival. The eighth edition of DIFF is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, home to the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The Festival is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. For more and updated information about DIFF, please visit

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