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DIFF partners with Dubai Pearl to launch ‘Acting for Camera’ workshop to nurture budding talent

Tue Nov 24,2009

As part of its community outreach and further promoting local talent in various aspects of cinema, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will host the first-ever Acting for Camera workshop for school students this year, presented by Dubai Pearl.

Acting for Camera is open for school children aged 11 to 17 years and will be held at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) on December 11 and 12. The training programme, offered for free, is led by international professionals and is open for 80 students living in the UAE.

DIFF’s Managing Director Shivani Pandya said the Acting for Camera workshops complement the various initiatives launched by DIFF to introduce and actively engage regional talent on various aspects of film production.

“DIFF is more than a celebration of cinema; it is a community event that is aimed at grooming a confident new generation of film professionals. The Acting for Camera workshops, for the first time in the region, puts the spotlight on training students for films,” she said.

The Acting for Camera sessions will be introduced and hosted by Pippa Hall, a children’s casting director who has worked on films such as Nanny McPhee and The Chronicles of Narnia. The workshop will be led by Claire Downes and Stuart Lane from Round Midnight, who have proven expertise in running drama workshops.

Working in pairs and groups, children can hone their acting skills, characterization techniques and performance skills by working on specifically written scenes, before having their work filmed and evaluated. A DVD copy will be forwarded to schools after the festival.

Santhosh Joseph, President & CEO of Dubai Pearl, said: “We are delighted to support the Acting for Camera workshop that will enable children to work on their acting skills. Our initiative to be part of the first of its kind workshop in the region is in line with our social responsibility charter that mandates the engagement of young people in personal development activities through offering exclusive opportunities for learning, interaction and involvement.”

To participate in the Acting for Camera workshop, interested schools can contact diffinfo@tecom.ae  for registering interest.

Now in its sixth year, DIFF 2009 is held in association with Dubai Studio City and will be held from December 9 to 16.  Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of DIFF and the event is supported by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).

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