DIFF workshop calls for closer regional cooperation to drive film and television production in the GCC

Mon Dec 20,2010

The workshop presented an overview of the current film and television production landscape in the Gulf countries and explored ways to advance the production of films and programmes in the region.

The panelists from around the GCC included: Mohamed Abdallah Al Marzouk and Ahmad Almansouri (UAE); Rashed Hassan Al Judar (Bahrain); Hassan Mohamad Al Hamdan (KSA); Dr. Khaled Adelraheem Al Zadjali (Oman); Dr. Rabiaa Al Kawari (Qatar); Abdel Muhsen Al Banay (Kuwait) and Dr. Abdallah Ben Saiid Abu Ras (Gulf Radio & TV, KSA).

The participants said that DIFF plays a key role in identifying and nurturing regional talent that will help elevate the quality of film and television production in the GCC region. They observed that film schools must shift their emphasis from theoretical learning to a more hands-on and practical-oriented approach to give young talent the right exposure that will help them gain a stronger understanding and insight of the film and television industry.

Abdulhamid Juma said that the Gulf Film Festival, which focuses on films from the GCC region and the Arab world, emphasizes on student talent, DIFF gives them an added platform, giving them global exposure.

The participants also urged for stronger creative standards in film and television programming, and underscored the need for both the television and film sectors to share synergies and leverage mutual strengths.

DIFF 2010 is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The event is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

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