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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 2016

A World of Differences: Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2016 – 2020

Date : Thu 08 Dec 11:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 90 mins

PwC’s 17th 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. As entertainment and media companies seek to tap into pockets of growth and value in an increasingly complex and competitive global marketplace, surging demand from young consumers is opening up fresh areas of opportunity for incumbents and new entrants alike. The global media market is also being characterised by primacy of local content and a deepening of emerging markets. New business models are being defined and it is becoming imperative for media companies to adopt these models in order to survive or drive future growth. The session will highlight the hot beds for media sector growth and how the Middle East media market is positioned therein. Participate in a discussion on the prominent trends in the sector and how these are defining the future of media in the Middle East.

Presented in partnership with PwC.

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates or by invitation only.



Panellists


Steve Plimsoll | Chief Digital & Data Officer | PwC Middle East

Dana Adhami | Head of MENA | Maker Studios

Kaswara Al-Khatib | Chairman & CEO | UTURN Entertainment

Medea Nocentini | VP Corporate Development | OSN

Roque Manuel Solabarrieta Chelech | COO | eVision



Moderator


Jayant Bhargava | Partner - Media & Entertainment Leader | Strategy&




Immersive Stories, Alternate Worlds

Date : Thu 08 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Virtual Reality may have its roots in early gaming, but it has come a long way from its humble beginnings - impacting everything from the way we experience film and news to sports and entertainment. Discover how the 360 space has transformed the way we tell stories and interact with content, in this eye-opening discussion with content producers.

Presented in partnership with Dubai Studio City.



Panellists


Lewis Smithingham | President & Partner | 30 Ninjas

Darren Emerson | Co-Founder & CCO | VR City

Michael Owen | Principal | Media Combo

Daniel González Franco | Co-Founder | BeAnotherLab

Moderator


Karim Saad | Founder | Giga Works


Is the Future Really Virtual?

Date : Thu 08 Dec 15:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Investment in VR is booming. Forecasts predict the industry will be worth more than USD 100 billion by 2020. Its long-term success will depend not only on great content, but on technology that enables truly immersive and interactive experiences. But is there promise behind the hype? What are the limits of this evolving technology? Hear from those working at the forefront of VR for a glimpse into the future of this frontier.

Panellists


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

Sam Englebardt | Chief Strategy Officer | The Void

Adam Brenner | Vice President of Marketing & Partnerships | OTOY



Moderator


Elizabeth M. Daley | Dean | USC School of Cinematic Arts


In the Director’s Chair: A Conversation with Asif Kapadia

Date : Thu 08 Dec 17:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 75 mins

Join us for an intimate conversation with Academy Award and four time BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia. His visually striking films span fiction and documentary, and include the critically-acclaimed films AMY (2015) and SENNA (2010). Gain insight into the craft of filmmaking from one of the most exciting directors around and learn first-hand about his unique approach.

Guest(s)


Asif Kapadia | Filmmaker

Interviewer


Jay Weissberg | Film Critic | Variety


Master Class: Packaging Your Film for Success

Date : Fri 09 Dec 11:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Independent films are notoriously difficult to finance, so how does a producer attract backers? Effective packaging is key to a film’s success. Join Bloom’s Alex Walton to learn about the nuts and bolts of packaging, the essential elements needed, and how to increase the value of your film to potential investors and distributors in the international market.

Presenter(s)


Alex Walton | President & Co-Founder | Bloom


Money You Can Bank On: The Fundamentals of Film Finance

Date : Fri 09 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Financing is an often dreaded aspect of filmmaking, but it is crucial to getting your idea off the page. With so many different ways to finance your film, how do you know which strategy is best? Hear from our line-up of experts to get the lowdown on the different models that exist, their benefits and risks and how to decide which is right for your project.

Panellists


Alex Brunner | Agent | Independent Film Group | UTA

Isabelle Devaux | Director | Cofiloisirs

Milan Popelka | COO | FilmNation Entertainment

Mohamed Hefzy | Founder & Managing Director | Film Clinic



Moderator


John Hadity | Executive Vice President | EP Financial Solutions


What the Funders Want

Date : Fri 09 Dec 15:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Film funds have a tough job on their hands. With thousands of applications to sift through, the competition for grant money has never been higher; so it’s important to make your project stand out. Hear from our panel of fund representatives for insider advice on what it is they look for, from the types of funding available and their criteria, to how they decide on when to pay and when to pass.

Panellists


Isabel Davis | Head of International | BFI

Rima Mismar | Deputy Director & Film Programs Manager | AFAC

Magalie Armand | Head of International Co-Production & Cinémas du Monde | CNC

Kristian Takvam Kindt | Festival Manager | Arab Film Days Oslo





Moderator


Annemarie Jacir | Filmmaker


Networking Session – Meet the Funders & Festivals

Date : Fri 09 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.


Kodak & the Renaissance of Film

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

Jeff Clarke, Kodak chief executive, will discuss the resurgence of film as an artistic medium in entertainment. He will also talk about Kodak’s comeback as the company regains its strength.

Presented in partnership with Kodak.



Presenter(s)


Jeff Clarke | CEO | Eastman Kodak Company


A Conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Date : Sat 10 Dec 11:30
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will take part in an exclusive one-on-one conversation where Boone Isaacs will discuss the Academy; from the Oscars, its global membership, the upcoming Academy museum, its inclusion initiatives, and what the future holds for the organization and the industry.

Presented in partnership with AMPAS.



Guest(s)


Cheryl Boone Isaacs | President | AMPAS

Interviewer


Mona Deeley | Producer | BBC World Service Arabic TV


Screen International Arab Stars of Tomorrow

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

After its highly successful UK talent-spotting initiative Stars of Tomorrow, Screen International has launched Arab Stars of Tomorrow to spotlight emerging talent from the Arab world. Five rising stars have been selected in this inaugural year. Melanie Goodfellow, Screen’s France & Middle East Correspondent and the curator of this new initiative, talks to the five selected talents about their burgeoning careers and plans for the future.

Presented in partnership with Screen International.



Moderator


Melanie Goodfellow | France & Middle East Correspondent | Screen International


Nordic & Arab Co-Production

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

Discover how Nordic countries and the Arab world are teaming up to make movies, and get the scoop on sources of financing, government support available and distribution opportunities between the regions. Find out about the differences in working practices and how co-production is promoting a vibrant cultural exchange.

Presented in partnership with the Embassies of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway to the UAE

Panellists


Sabine Sidawi | Founder | Orjouane Productions

Alaa Karkouti | Managing Partner | MAD Solutions

Martin Persson | Founding Partner & Executive Producer | Anagram

Noemi Ferrer Schwenk | Head of International | Danish Film Institute





Moderator


Laufey Gudjonsdottir | Founding Director | Icelandic Film Centre


Networking Session – Meet the Nordic Industry

Date : Sat 10 Dec 17:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins




Breaking the Frame: Redefining What a Documentary Can Do

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

Documentary is being continually reinvented. Filmmakers are increasingly abandoning traditional conventions in favour of more innovative approaches to factual storytelling. From serialised formats to cinematic hybrids, non-fiction can no longer be neatly defined. Join us for a discussion about the evolution of this fluid genre.

Panellists


Livia Bloom | Vice President | Icarus Films

John Battsek | Managing Director | Passion Pictures

Signe Byrge Sorensen | Co-Founder | Final Cut for Real

Moderator


Kaleem Aftab | Editor-At-Large | The Talks


New Realities in Contemporary Arab Film

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

The social and political landscape of the region continues to throw up new challenges, and with it, new artistic responses. How does today’s generation of filmmakers address these issues in new and original ways? And what are the new realities that are finding their way into contemporary Arab filmmaking?

Panellists


Raja Amari | Director | FOREIGN BODY

Vatche Boulghourjian | Director | TRAMONTANE

Mahdi Fleifel | Director | A MAN RETURNED

Nujoom Alghanem | Director | HONEY, RAIN & DUST

Moderator


Sam Asi | TV Host | BBC World Service


The Globalisation of Cinema: Film, Story & Talent on the Move

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

From local to global, from niche to mainstream, how does a film travel? Explore how genre, cast, co-production and savvy marketing contribute to a project getting off the ground, finding resonance with a wider audience and achieving global success.

Panellists


David Grumbach | CEO | BAC Films

Nate Bolotin | Co-Founder & Partner | XYZ Films

Leslie Vuchot | CEO & Founder | The Festival Agency

Roman Paul | CEO & Co-Founder | Razor Film Produktion

Moderator


Ben Ross | Head of Narrative Film & Television | Image Nation


The Making of a Mockumentary – KING OF THE BELGIANS

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

The latest film from award-winning directorial duo Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens, KING OF THE BELGIANS follows a fictitious Belgian king as he attempts to return home from a state visit to Turkey after Wallonia declares independence. Hailed as one of the highlights of the 73rd Venice Biennale, join Woodworth and lead cast member Titus De Voogdt on a journey into the making of this hilarious mockumentary.

Panellists


Jessica Woodworth | Filmmaker

Titus De Voogdt | Actor

Interviewer


Deborah Young | International Film Editor | The Hollywood Reporter


Dubai Film Connection Awards Ceremony

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

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates.


Master Class: The Role of the Sales Agent

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

Congratulations, you’ve made a movie. However, the distribution game is complex and continually in flux. Having a sales agent is vital to negotiating the best deals and ensuring your film gets to market. What role does a sales agent play and how do you get one on board?

Presenter(s)


Sebastien Chesneau | Senior Partner - Acquisitions & Sales | Cercamon


Brave New World of Distribution

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

The online space and digital age continue to transform how we consume content and force traditional models of distribution to adapt. How are we keeping up with these changes, and what does the future of distribution look like? Join our panel of experts and learn about the new paths being forged to keep up with demand.

Panellists


Gavin Humphries | Executive Producer | Nowness

Nader Sobhan | Head of Middle East & North Africa | IFLIX

Gianluca Chakra | Managing Director | Front Row Filmed Entertainment

Andy Whittaker | Founder | Dogwoof

Moderator


Liz Shackleton | Asia Editor | Screen International


Master Class: Engaging Audiences with Multiplatform Storytelling

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

Audiences are now used to consuming stories, not as linear narratives, but as layered, multi-platform experiences. In order to stay relevant, producers and brands alike must learn to harness the power of convergence, as TV shows and films live on through websites, books and games. Join trans-media producer Domenico La Porta to find out about the opportunities out there for multi-platform storytellers and how to engage audiences long after the credits roll.

Presenter(s)


Domenico La Porta | Director | R/O Institute


Where the Kids Are At: Millennials & the Digital Generation

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

Digital media is king, especially among the youth of today. With their demand for instant gratification, everything is now online, available on a tablet or a smart phone. Find out how content consumption habits, from Millennials to Generation Z, are impacting traditional media and what this means for cinema and TV.

Presented in partnership with Dubai Studio City.



Panellists


Matthias Puschmann | Managing Director | VAST Media

Randel Bryan | Managing Director | Endemol Shine Beyond UK

Josh Dickey | Entertainment Editor | Mashable

Maria Gedeon | Marketing Director | Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas



Moderator


Sarah Messer | Director of Media | Nielsen


Networking Session – Meet the Sales Agents & Distributors

Date : Mon 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.


Pitching Session: AFS Scriptwriting Program

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

The AFS Scriptwriting Program is a five-month course conducted in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and their landmark film training programme, Arab Film Studio. It is dedicated to providing emerging writers and filmmakers with coaching in script development and project pitching. This year for the first time ever, four participants have been selected to pitch their short film scripts to a panel of industry experts for the chance to win AED100,000 towards the realisation of the project.

Presented in Partnership with Arab Film Studio.




The (AR)tist is Present: Augmenting Art with Amir Baradaran

Date : Tue 13 Dec 14:00
Venue : -1, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration : 60 mins

A dedicated afternoon at the DFM marking an ongoing partnership between Dubai International Film Festival, Sharjah Art Foundation and Art Dubai; MOVING IMAGES explores the shared space between art and cinema. The partnership takes contemporary art and film in the region as its focus and explores mutual territory through discussion programmes and screenings in December, at the Dubai International Film Festival and in March at Sharjah Biennial and Art Dubai, and throughout the year across the UAE.

A master class with performance and new media artist Amir Baradaran. Baradaran’s practice is situated at the intersection between art, performance and Augmented Reality (AR), provoking questions around the body, subjectivity and the role of machines in everyday life. His work has inspired academic researchers, art professionals and technology developers alike. In this session, Baradaran will discuss his work and the many potentialities that AR opens up in artistic practice.

Baradaran is the creative research Associate at Columbia University's Computer Science department (CG and User Interfaces Lab) in New York.

Presented in partnership with Art Dubai & Sharjah Art Foundation.




Presenter(s)


Amir Baradaran | Artist


In the Director’s Chair: A Conversation with Lenny Abrahamson

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

Academy Award-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson, who brought us the extraordinary film ROOM (2015), joins us for a special conversation to close the 2016 Forum. Find out about his masterful approach to directing and his personal journey from indie films to Oscar® nomination.

Guest(s)


Lenny Abrahamson | Filmmaker

Interviewer


William Mullally | Journalist