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Heralded by Variety magazine as one of the world’s “50 unmissable film festivals“, DIFF has cemented its reputation as the ultimate destination to discover films from the Arab world and beyond. The archive gives you access to the films, juries, galleries, press releases and more from the first edition in 2004 through to the current edition.

DFM Forum Sessions 2014

Digital Mindset

Date : Thu 11 Dec 11:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 90 mins

PwC's 15th annual edition of Global Entertainment & Media Outlook reveals digital success is not just about technology - it’s about applying a digital mindset to build the right behaviours.

PwC will provide an overview of growth performance, trends and features of 13 sectors in 54 countries including forecasts for 2014-2018. They will share insights related to the role of digital; sources of strength and future growth drivers for television and filmed entertainment segments. Come and hear which are the “Mature,” “Next Wave,” “Up & Comers” countries and find out the growth prospects of specific Middle East countries.

Presented by PwC

Access by invitation or Festival accreditation only



Speaker(s)


Lubna Kabir, Director, PwC

Jayant Bhargava, Head of Digital Media & Entertainment Middle East, Strategy&

Philip Shepherd, Entertainment & Media Middle East Leader, PwC


The State of the Region’s TV

Date : Thu 11 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

An overview of the regional television landscape that reveals what the broadcasters are buying, producing, showing and describes their digital strategy. Discover how advertising is driving the content stream and prognosis for Arab films appearing on regional TV.

Panellists


Khulud Abu Homos, Executive Vice President - Programming and Creative Services, OSN

Lina Matta, Senior Channel Manager MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Max & MBC Variety, MBC Group

Karim Sarkis, CEO, SyncMedia

Nada Makhzoum, Director of Programming, Rotana TV Group



Moderator


Nick Grande, Managing Director, ChannelSculptor


Is TV the New Film?

Date : Thu 11 Dec 15:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

As TV reinvents itself and has won over new audiences with its slick new offerings, we examine the crossover between the two media and how the audience from Indie film is converging on TV’s hottest series. Through the movers and shakers across both industries, we find out what’s key to creating a successful show in today’s landscape and how online platforms are making a difference.

Panellists


Alex Boden, Producer, Pistachio Pictures

Chris Bosco, COO, IM Global

Fadi Ismail, Director of Group Drama Production and Distribution, O3 Productions / MBC Group

Sanjay Raina, General Manager & Vice President, FOX International Channels, Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan

Moderator


Ben Kinealy, CEO, Intigral


Networking Session - Broadcasters & TV Producers

Date : Thu 11 Dec 17:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 75 mins

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates. Contact the DFM Information Desk for a complete list of featured guests.


The Demand for VOD & Current Digital Distribution Strategies In the Region

Date : Fri 12 Dec 11:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

What is the future of VOD and what are its preferred devices of consumption? Is it still the favourite viewing model for the younger audience demographic? Gain incredible insights from the region’s distributors and broadcasters as they work with the audience’s ever-changing consumption patterns and expand into online markets.

Panellists


Abe Naga, Head of Digital, MBC

Imran Arshad,COO, icflix

Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Digital Services Officer, Etisalat Group



Moderator


Karim Safieddine, Founder & CEO, Cinemoz


Masterclass: Crowd Investing – A Vital Marketing & Distribution Strategy

Date : Fri 12 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Leading crowdsourcing and crowdfunding filmmaker Timo Vuorensola, (STAR WRECK and IRON SKY) provides an unparalleled insight into embracing your audience.
After raising almost 1 million euros from his fans, premiering at Berlin Film Festival and SXSW and widely distributing IRON SKY by audience demand, Timo is now working on its sequel. Find out what we can expect from this follow-up to his film about Nazis on the moon.

Presenter(s)


Timo Vuorensola, Filmmaker


What are The Challenges of Distributing Arab films?

Date : Fri 12 Dec 15:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Arab films enjoy a unique positioning. With a readily available audience of more than 300 million people the challenges of reaching the end user should be minimal. Yet, the distribution of Arab films presents numerous obstacles. Distributors and filmmakers come together to discuss marketing and distribution strategies to help Arab films realise their true potential.

Panellists


Ali F. Mostafa, Filmmaker, From A to B

Hania Mroue, Director, Metropolis Cinema

Hisham Zaman, Filmmaker, Letter to the King

Irit Neidhardt, Director, MEC Film

Mario Jr. Haddad, Vice President, Empire International

Moderator


E. Nina Rothe, Cultural Activist and Blogger, The Huffington Post


Networking Session - Distributors & Sales Agents

Date : Fri 12 Dec 17:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 75 mins

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates. Contact the DFM Information Desk for a complete list of featured guests.


Risky Business or Valuable Investment?

Date : Sat 13 Dec 10:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

International and regional financiers and producers discuss the opportunities and challenges of investing in film. What are the parameters to ascertain the viability of a film project and at what stage of a project’s life cycle do the financiers come on board? Attendees can learn how to provide a formidable value proposition, about banking structures and incentives and how investors make their decisions on which films to bank.

Panellists


Dimitri Rassam, President, ON Entertainment

Ivan Mactaggart, Director, Trademark Films

Julien Khabbaz, Head of Investment Banking, FFA Private Bank



Moderator


Philip Alberstat, COO, Contend


Co-Production Means Business

Date : Sat 13 Dec 11:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Discover the latest co-production treaties, incentives and tax credits that make co-producing such an important lifeline for the film industry. Gain first-hand insight from international experts on structuring a co-production, working with peers from around the world and go global.

Panellists


Bero Beyer, Producer, Augustus Film

Christine Kopf, Curator, Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Guneet Monga, CEO & Producer, Sikhya Entertainment

Laurent Lavolé, Producer / Manager, Gloria Films

Sabine Sidawi, Producer, Orjouane Productions

Moderator


Irit Neidhardt , Director, MEC Film


Masterclass: Financing and Packaging Your Film

Date : Sat 13 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 0 mins

APOLOGIES, PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Structuring, financing and selling a film can be understandably daunting. However, knowing how to serve your film’s financiers and talent’s interests is an invaluable asset. Explore the current trends in film financing, the international talent, packages and deals that make the best films and TV happen.

Presenter(s)


Emanuel Nuñez, Senior Agent, Paradigm


Creating Universal Stories for Film & TV

Date : Sat 13 Dec 15:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Established producers and commissioning editors share their criteria on what type of stories and genres they look for and the differences between co-producing for film and TV, fiction and non-fiction. Is TV co-production largely reliant on geographical and cultural proximity? Are the cultural interchanges more open in film?

Panellists


Ayman Al Zyoud, President, Charisma Group

Mike Lerner, Director, Roast Beef Productions

Nils Hartmann, Director, Original Productions, Sky Italia



Moderator


Liz Shackleton, Asia Editor, Screen International


Networking Session - Funders, Commissioners & Producers – Film & TV

Date : Sat 13 Dec 17:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 75 mins

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates. Contact the DFM Information Desk for a complete list of featured guests.


Masterclass: Short Films: A Stepping Stone or the Final Destination?

Date : Sun 14 Dec 10:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Two-time ®Oscar-winner producer Kim Magnusson explains how short films can be a great launchpad for a future career in feature film but also how they are an amazing form of storytelling in their own right. We also look into the future as short films emerge as a renewed format on online platforms and advertising.

Presenter(s)


Kim Magnusson, CEO & Producer, M&M Productions


Digital Technology: How it influences storytelling and redefines content

Date : Sun 14 Dec 11:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Commissioners, producers and editors elaborate on what they are doing to stay ahead of the digital game. How are emerging technologies and platforms changing the way we tell, consume and share stories? What are the trends in the creation and distribution of media content today and what will be the movements of the future? Join us in this eye-opening session and unravel the future of cross-media entertainment.

Panellists


David Hanson, General Manager – Product Marketing & Sales, Intigral

Diana Baddar, Head of Video Partnerships, MENA, YouTube

Dinesh Lalvani, Founder & CEO, Growl Media

Lucia Haslauer, Commissioning Editor, ZDF

Philip Alberstat, COO, Contend

Moderator


Vijaya Cherian, Editorial Director, CPI Media Group


Fans Power the Screens

Date : Sun 14 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

The future is with the fans. Audiences are accessing and consuming content in new and diverse ways. What is the media industry doing to meet their demand? Hear about how to build and retain a shifting audience and discover the future of audience engagement.

Panellists


Abim Onasanya, Head of Research & Insights, MBC

Eva Sayre, Business Director, Veritas Films

Sam Toles, Vice President of Content Acquisitions & Business Development, Vimeo

Timo Vuorensola, Filmmaker



Moderator


David Hanson, General Manager– Product Marketing & Sales, Intigral


How Gulf Filmmakers See their Future in Film?

Date : Sun 14 Dec 15:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Gulf filmmakers share their experiences from helming a short film to completing a feature and their observations on the growth of the industry around them. Hear about their journey so far and their projections as we look through their lenses into the future of filmmaking in the region.

Panellists


Khadija Al-Salami, Filmmaker & Producer, I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced

Mohammed Rashed BuAli, Filmmaker, The Sleeping Tree

Nujoom Al Ghanem, Filmmaker, Nearby Sky

Waleed Al Shehhi, Filmmaker, Dolphins



Moderator


Antoine Khalife, Director of Arab Programme, DIFF


Networking Session – Dubai Film Market Exhibitors

Date : Sun 14 Dec 17:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 75 mins

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates. Contact the DFM Information Desk for a complete list of featured guests.


In Conversation with Virginia Madsen

Date : Mon 15 Dec 10:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Join us for an intimate conversation with Academy Award-nominee Virginia Madsen and her fascinating career spanning over 100 titles. A first-hand insight into the acting craft, differences between acting for film and TV and invaluable lessons learned from the Hollywood industry.

Guest(s)


Virginia Madsen, Actress

Interviewer


E. Nina Rothe, Cultural Activist and Blogger, The Huffington Post


LIFE IS A STAGE - “Best Kept Pro Secrets”

Date : Mon 15 Dec 11:45
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 90 mins

Founder and Artistic Director of the international MAKE UP FOR EVER brand, Dany Sanz has always been passionate about teaching the art of makeup.
She will be travelling from Paris to Dubai to reveal her pro secrets and share her artistic creativity through an educational workshop.
“Life is a stage - whatever your role is, MAKE UP FOR EVER is here to help you play it! Our brand strives not only to be at the service of artists, accompanying them in their various performances, but also to help women embody what they truly are!” - Dany Sanz

Presented by MAKE UP FOREVER



Presenter(s)


Dany Sanz, Creator and Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER and a true mentor in the makeup world


Ways of Seeing: Cross-Overs in Art and Cinema

Date : Mon 15 Dec 14:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 90 mins

In this session, curator Omar Kholeif will go through an illustrated case study of the work of award-winning artist and filmmaking duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, exploring the possibilities of working between art and cinema. Omar and the filmmakers will discuss the complexities of funding and producing hybrid art-film projects and the possibilities that this enables.
Omar Kholeif is a writer, editor and Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. He is also Guest Curator of The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015.

A partnership between Art Dubai, the Sharjah Art Foundation & DIFF



Speaker(s)


Joana Hadjithomas, Artist & Filmmaker

Moderator


Omar Kholeif, Writer, Editor & Curator


Networking Session: Festival Programmers

Date : Mon 15 Dec 17:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 75 mins

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates. Contact the DFM Information Desk for a complete list of featured guests.


Script to Screen – Enhancing Creativity with HP technology

Date : Tue 16 Dec 10:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 90 mins

An overview of modern creative practices, using the latest HP technology to add flow to the workflow.

Presented by HP



Presenter(s)


Maxim Jago, Filmmaker, Technologist, Futurologist, Author


Inside the Edit with Paddy Bird

Date : Tue 16 Dec 12:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

You’ve bought your editing software, now how do you actually use it? In partnership with Avid, Inside The Edit is the world’s first creative editing course that concentrates on the art of editing instead of the technical side of the software.

Paddy Bird, one of the industry's most prolific documentary and entertainment editors gives an in-depth masterclass about:
• The craft of high end, broadcast editing
• How a professional editor approaches a scene
• What to look for when constructing a sequence
• The thought process behind every decision on their timeline

Learn dozens of non-text book concepts, theories and techniques used in the pro world.

Inside the Edit's Paddy Bird partnered with Avid




Presenter(s)


Paddy Bird, Editor, Inside the Edit


Canon DSLR Filmmaking Workshop

Date : Tue 16 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 120 mins

A workshop tailor-made for filmmakers and cinematographers who want to further develop their knowledge of DSLR cameras in order to get the most out of this type of equipment. Understanding the tool is the first step towards overcoming its limitations. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into the ins and outs of DSLR cameras and experience the amount of manipulation and versatility that they allow.

Presented by Canon



Presenter(s)


Frederico Beja, Director / Cinematographer, Concept View Media