World’s Top Film Festivals Get Together to Discuss the Future of Film Making

Tue Jun 19,2007

DIFF Chairman forecasts dynamic growth of regional film industry at Shanghai International Film Festival

Dubai: 19 June, 2007
- Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) reinforced DIFF’s commitment towards promoting cross cultural dialogue at the recently held Shanghai International Film Festival, where heads of the worlds top film festivals gathered together to create a dialogue and inspire communications and tolerance.

The gathering is one of the foremost platforms for film festival heads to network and share innovative ideas on best practices including funding and sponsorship, distribution and resource management. DIFF was invited by the Festival management to share views on it’s evolution as an international platform that seeks to bring both the eastern and western cinematic cultures closer.

The forum witnessed representation from nearly 300 industry representatives including talks from heads of some of the most significant and prestigious film festivals on the planet such as Jerome Paillard of Cannes, Geoffery Gilmore from Sundance, Marco Mueller of Venice, Sandra den Hammer of Rotterdam and James Hindman of the American Film Institute.

Speaking at the forum, Abdulhamid Juma highlighted DIFF’s position as one of the world’s premier destination for discovering excellence in Arab filmmaking and stated: “While focusing on DIFF’s tradition to support the Arab filmmaking community, DIFF will continue to bring in works of dynamic international filmmakers that the festival’s audience would otherwise not have the opportunity to view.

We hope that our festival can serve to facilitate a constructive global discourse on important world issues, using the medium of film, as the DIFF grows into its role as a cultural ambassador of the UAE on a global level.”

He further added, “At DIFF, we have a collective far reaching goal. Our aim is not just to grow into a platform for the best in Arab and international cinema- our vision extends to establishing Dubai and the region as a vibrant film industry hub.”

Juma, who has been involved with the film festival’s operations since its inception in 2004, spoke at a panel entitled: “International Film Festival Heads Summit” in which he outlined best practices for strategic operations and management, and shared insights with Ren Zhonglun, Executive vice Chairman of Shanghai International Film Festival, Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, Director of Tokyo International Film Festival, Chuck Boller, Director of Hawaii International Film Festival and Kim Dong-ho, Director of Pusan International Film Festival. The session was moderated by Eric Mika, Publishing Director for The Hollywood Reporter.

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