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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 2015

Beyond Digital: Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2015 – 2019

Date : Thu 10 Dec 11:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 90 mins

PwC’s 16th annual edition of the Global Entertainment & Media Outlook presents industry insights and forecasts for 13 entertainment and media segments across 54 countries.

PwC will provide an overview of entertainment and media industry performance in the Middle East, within the context of larger global trends. Come and hear the latest developments in ‘Mature’, ‘Next Wave’, and ‘Up & Comer’ markets, and find out the growth prospects of specific Middle East countries. Additionally, we will be hosting a panel of industry experts, who will discuss the strong shift to OTT video services, trends in advertising and how to unlock the value of locally generated IPs in the Middle East.

Presented by PwC

Access by invitation or Festival accreditation only


Speaker(s)


Jayant Bhargava | Partner and Head of Digital Media & Entertainment Middle East | Strategy&

Medea Nocentini | Vice President, Corporate Development | OSN

Mohamad Yehya | Majid Entertainment, Director of TV Projects | Abu Dhabi Media

Dimitri Metaxas | Managing Director MENA | Resolution Media

Philip Shepherd | Partner and Entertainment & Media Middle East Leader | PwC




Masterclass: Film Finance as an Alternative Investment

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

Following a successful career in investment banking, Michael Bassick has spent the last decade financing and producing feature films. Global box offices continue to grow and the market opportunity for investing in film has never been better. Film is a non-correlated asset class that provides portfolio diversification. Major studios are seeking financing partners and a shortage of equity has created opportunity. Bassick’s masterclass will identify successful strategies for investing in film.

Presenter(s)


Michael Bassick | President & COO | Vendian Entertainment


Money Matters: Routes to Financing

Date : Thu 10 Dec 15:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

An insightful examination of film financing trends across different territories, this panel brings together international executives to explain financing structures and what drives their decisions on funding. Learn where the money is and discover the advantages and limitations of taking alternative routes to financing films.

Panellists


Ellen Eliasoph | President & CEO | Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia

Julien Khabbaz | Head of Investment Banking | FFA Private Bank

Laura Walker | CEO | AG Capital

Lauren Selig | Co-Founder & Producer | Shake & Bake Productions



Moderator


Paul Miller | Producer & Partner | Escape Pictures


Networking Session – Funds & Financiers

Date : Thu 10 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.


Breaking into Broadcast: What do the Regional Networks Want?

Date : Fri 11 Dec 10:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

What are Arab broadcasters commissioning, producing and buying? Join us for an overview of the regional television landscape and discover the opportunities for independent content creators to break into this essential market.

Panellists


Bilaal Hoosein | Executive Producer, Reversioning Programs Directorate | Al-Jazeera Media Network

Khulud Abu Homos | Executive Vice President, Programming & Creative Services | OSN

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



Moderator


Karim Sarkis | CEO | Sync Media


Better Together

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

It’s no secret that European co-productions are crucial to realise independent films and for them to reach broader audiences. Discover the benefits of co-producing with Europe and how co-productions have become such an important lifeline for the film industry.

Panellists


Christer Nilson | Producer & Managing Director | GotAFilm

David Hurst | Producer | Dublin Films

Felipe Marino | Producer & Co-Founder | Occupant Entertainment

Georges Schoucair | Producer & CEO | Abbout Productions



Moderator


Laurent Lavolé | Founder & CEO | Gloria Films


How to Find a Producer (and Why You Really Need One)

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

So you have a film script, but how do you realise your project beyond this stage? In this panel gain the acumen required to approach producers, make the right kind of noise about your project and understand how a producer can change the destiny of a film.

Panellists


Julie Bergeron | Head of Industry Programs, Marché du Film | Festival de Cannes

Mohamed Hefzy | Founder & Managing Director | Fortress Film Clinic

Rula Nasser | Producer & Founder |Imaginarium Films

Trent | Producer | Oak Motion Pictures





Moderator


Hany Abu-Assad | Filmmaker


In the Director’s Chair: A Conversation with Roger Michell

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

An intimate session with BAFTA-winning filmmaker Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL, LE WEEK-END, HYDE PARK ON HUDSON and CHANGING LANES). Discover the process of working with producers, understand the director’s role in the production craft and hear first-hand about this renowned director’s prolific career in film and television.

Guest(s)


Roger Michell | Filmmaker

Interviewer


Simon Field | Producer | Illuminations Films


Networking Session - Broadcasters & Producers

Date : Fri 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.


In Conversation: Netflix Live from LA with Ted Sarandos

Date : Sat 12 Dec 10:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos joins us for a special live video discussion on the changing nature of audience consumption, creating successful globally-relatable stories and local films for local markets.

Presented by Dubai Film & Television Commission

Guest(s)


Ted Sarandos | Chief Content Officer | Netflix

Interviewer


Alex Ritman | UK Correspondent | The Hollywood Reporter


Fast Forward: VOD & the Future of Arab Content

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

Video on Demand is the fastest growing avenue for global content consumption and is set to overtake DVD and theatrical as the main distribution channel for independent films. Join us for a range of perspectives on regional VOD and the outlook for Arabic content on these platforms.

Panellists


Abe Aboul Naga | Head of Digital | MBC Group

Gianluca Chakra | Managing Partner | Front Row Filmed Entertainment

Karim Safieddine | CEO & Head of Acquisitions | Cinemoz

Perihan Abou-Zeid | Founder & CEO | MoviePigs



Moderator


Kamal Nassif | VP New Media | e-vision/Etisalat


Online to Prime Time with Abla Fahita

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

From controversial subjects to risqué material, the Arab world’s most vociferous puppet talks about her early career in advertising and her plans for the future. Join us for a discussion that delves into the secrets of her online success that catapulted her into a television sensation.

Guest(s)


Abla Fahita | Host | “Live from El Duplex”

Interviewer


Chris Newbould | Film Correspondent | The National


Masterclass: Indie Film Distribution

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

How do you determine the best marketing and distribution strategies for a film? What are the most successful methods to bring independent cinema to the widest possible audience? Join Soda Pictures’ Eve Gabereau for a masterclass on devising and executing effective distribution plans.

Presenter(s)


Eve Gabereau | Co-Founder & Managing Director | Soda Pictures


Networking Session - Distributors & Sales Agents

Date : Sat 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.


Great Adaptations: THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

Date : Sat 12 Dec 20:15
Venue : -1,103, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

DIFF and the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature embark on an exciting new collaboration that kicks off with a special presentation. Join acclaimed director Matthew Brown and author and biographer Robert Kanigel to understand the creative process of adapting a book for the screen. What leap of the imagination does it take to journey from the written word to the film in terms of structuring a screenplay and plot development? And what are the challenges faced to remain faithful to the book?

Presented in partnership with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Panellists


Matt Brown | Director | THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

Robert Kanigel | Author | “The Man Who Knew Infinity”



Moderator


Paul Blezard | Literary Director of Firebird Poetry Prizes


Beyond the Screen: Film & Television as Social Agent

Date : Sun 13 Dec 10:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

How is content evolving as a catalyst for social change? We explore how film and television can reach beyond the screen to impact the real world and bridge divides. This discussion brings together industry professionals who seek to drive change through their work.

Panellists


Andy Whittaker | Founder | Dogwoof

Christie Marchese | Founder & CEO | Picture Motion

Hind Bensari | Filmmaker

Shailja Kejriwal | Chief Creative, Special Projects | Zee Entertainment





Moderator


Dorothee Wenner | Programmer, Cinema of the World | DIFF


MONIR – Reflections of an Artist in Film (VOX Cinema 16)

Date : Sun 13 Dec 14:30
Venue : -1,108, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 120 mins

A special screening of Bahman Kiarostami’s documentary MONIR followed by a discussion about the film and the representation of artists on screen.

MONIR is an inspiring chronicle of the life and work of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who pioneered contemporary forms of geometric mirror works.

The film takes an intimate look at the artist's practice and explores how she has become one of the most innovative and influential artists working in the Middle East today.

Presented in partnership with Art Dubai & Sharjah Art Foundation

Panellists


Leyla Fakhr | Producer | MONIR

Sunny Rahbar | Director | The Third Line Gallery



Moderator


Butheina Kazim | Co-Founder & Managing Director | Cinema Akil


Dubai Film Connection Awards Ceremony

Date : Sun 13 Dec 17:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates.


The Game Changers

Date : Mon 14 Dec 10:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 90 mins

Is the emergence of more daring themes and styles of Arab filmmaking ushering in a new era of regional cinema? We ask filmmakers what are driving these changes and explore the social circumstances that are inspiring them. What do these trends mean for the future of Arab cinema?

Panellists


Alaeddin Abou Taleb | Director | DIASPORA

Assad Fouladkar | Director | HALAL LOVE

Danielle Arbid | Director | PARISIENNE

Majid Al Ansari | Director | (ZINZANA) RATTLE THE CAGE

Noura Kevorkian | Director | 23 KILOMETRES



Moderator


Antoine Khalife | Director, Arab Programme | DIFF


Virtually Real

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

The ways and means by which we experience and interact with films, games and television are changing. This session looks at the future of immersive content, the growth of virtual reality and explores how filmmakers and content producers will have to reckon with this evolving virtual landscape.

Panellists


Elia Petridis | Filmmaker

Hayley Pappas | Head of Films | RYOT

Jon Starck | Head of Research | The Foundry

Julie Young | Producer & Financial Officer | Emblematic Group

Philippe Bertrand |Interdisciplinary Artist | BeAnotherLab

Moderator


Clyde DeSouza | Writer & VR Evangelist | Real Vision


Networking Session - UAE Film Industry

Date : Mon 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.


Advanced Media: Open House

Date : Tue 15 Dec 11:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 120 mins

Open house for all Industry experts with RED Weapon, Zeiss and Angenieux lenses. This event will allow attendees to have a hands-on experience with our RED Weapon and the lenses.


RED Weapon Camera Launch

Date : Tue 15 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 180 mins

Official launch with press meet of RED Weapon for Middle East and North Africa by Advanced Media. Representatives from RED and AMT will be there to answer all your questions, both technical and business.