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Dubai Film Market Forum
Forum Programme 2017
The Forum is our globally-renowned program of industry-orientated talks and presentations featuring some of the biggest names in global cinema, sharing their insights, perspectives and insights. This year, we’re delighted to be hosting another diverse array of speakers, who will be debating and relating themes ranging from women directors discussing the challenges of working in today’s cinematic landscape, digital creative and producers on the impact of new tech such as VR and AR, veteran cinematographers looking at the art of their craft and intimate conversations with documentarians and costume experts.

The complete Forum programme will be announced on November 22, 2017.
Welcome to the Third Dimension: Innovations in VR, AR & Mixed Reality

Date: Thu 07 Dec 10:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 90 mins

We’ve recently witnessed major breakthroughs across virtual, augmented and mixed reality, with big-name VR hardware hitting the market last year and major players vowing to take AR and MR mainstream. What are the cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the future of immersive experiences and just how far will they take us? Join us for a special keynote followed by a panel with leaders in the field and learn about the latest developments that are propelling us into the future.

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Panellists


John Attard | Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer | Playing Forward (introductory keynote on MR, live from LA. Arranged by Blink Studios)

Peter Martin | CEO | VALIS Studios

Matt Milios | Director of Digital Content | Vulcan Productions

Antoine Cardon | Partner & Innovation Director | DV Group ("Alice - The Virtual Reality Play")

Hani Kichi | Director | Blink Studios



Moderator


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


Lauren Selig
Matt Milios
Peter Martin

Master Class: Immersive Documentary & the Future of Factual Storytelling

Date: Thu 07 Dec 14:00
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

Immersion is an increasingly vital part of documentary storytelling, deepening our engagement with factual content and our understanding of the world, human history and culture. How does VR enhance documentary, and how is AR entering the frame? Join Atlantic Productions’ Alchemy VR - winners of the first ever BAFTA Award for a virtual reality film (David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR) - to peer into the future of non-fiction storytelling.

Presented by Alchemy VR.



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Presenter(s)


Daniel Wan | Lead Digital Creative (VR/AR) | Alchemy VR

David Lee | Executive Producer | Atlantic Productions




Daniel Wan
David Lee

Master Class: Cinematic VR Best Practices

Date: Thu 07 Dec 15:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

You’ve heard about it, you’ve seen it, now how do you make it happen? Navigating the waters of shooting in 360° can be a thrilling but daunting task. Join Grant Anderson, Entertainment Executive with decades of experience in the industry who previously formed Jaunt Studios, as he takes us on a tour of VR best practices. Where does the crew hide when shooting and how do you direct the viewer’s attention? Find out about this and much more in our illuminating master class.



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Presenter(s)


Grant Anderson | Entertainment Executive


Grant Anderson

Networking Session – Meet the Producers

Date: Thu 07 Dec 17:00
Venue: Forum Room, 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: ON CHESIL BEACH

Date: Thu 07 Dec 20:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

Join ON CHESIL BEACH director Dominic Cooke, along with author and broadcaster Paul Blezard as they discuss Cookes’s ‘entrancing adaptation’ of Ian McEwan's novella and subsequent screenplay, and learn about the creative process of adapting a book for the screen.

This discussion takes place directly after the Gala screening of ON CHESIL BEACH and is presented in partnership with the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature.


Presented in partnership with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.



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Guest(s)


Dominic Cooke | Director | ON CHESIL BEACH



Interviewer


Paul Blezard | Author & Broadcaster




Co-Producing for the International Market

Date: Fri 08 Dec 10:00
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

Filmmaking is an art and a business, and a truly collaborative one at that. Hear from our panel of veteran producers to learn about co-producing, from development and finance to production and distribution. How do you find a co-production partner and share creative control, and how do you attach talent that works for the international market? Learn about the benefits and challenges of these vital global partnerships.

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Panellists


Salem Brahimi | Director & Producer

Julie Billy | Producer | Haut et Court

Rula Nasser | Producer | The Imaginarium Films

Sebastien Delloye | Producer | Entre Chien et Loup



Moderator


Tara Maurel | Project Manager, International Cooperation, Co-Production & Bilateral Funds | CNC


Julie Billy
Rula Nasser
Salem Brahimi
Sebastien Delloye
Tara Maurel

The Academy Presents: Women at the Helm

Date: Fri 08 Dec 11:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

The Academy presents a special panel with visionary, award-winning women directors to talk about their careers, with a particular focus on getting Academy-calibre performances out of actors and how to develop characters and stories onscreen. Join us to hear about how these filmmakers have climbed up the director’s ladder and how they have broken through by telling personal stories from unique perspectives.

Presented in partnership with AMPAS.



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Panellists


Kimberly Peirce | Director | BOYS DON’T CRY (1999)

Haifaa Al Mansour | Director | MARY SHELLEY (Screening at DIFF)

Niki Caro | Director | WHALE RIDER (2002)

Dee Rees | Director | MUDBOUND (2017)



Moderator


Annemarie Jacir | Director | WAJIB (Screening at DIFF)


Annemarie Jacir
Kimberly Peirce
Niki Caro

Money Talks: The State of Global Film Finance

Date: Fri 08 Dec 14:00
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

With digital platforms disrupting the status quo and the traditional pre-sale, tried and tested models of film financing are now far from reliable. The demand for high quality, high impact films also means that smart packaging is vital to getting a film made. Hear from our panel of leading execs and producers to get their perspectives on the current state of film finance and prospects for the future.

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Panellists


John Friedberg | President, International Sales | STX Entertainment

Bertrand Faivre | Producer & Founder | Le Bureau

Jonathan Deckter | President & COO | Voltage Pictures

Mohamed Hefzy | Founder & Managing Director | Film Clinic



Moderator


Matthew Rhodes | President | The Hideaway Entertainment


Bertrand Faivre
John Friedberg
Jonathan Deckter
Mohamed Hefzy

The Academy Presents: Next Generation Master Class

Date: Fri 08 Dec 14:00
Venue: Press Conference Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

The Academy presents a special, invitation-only master class for the next generation of women filmmakers in the UAE. Students from universities across the country, will be given a rare opportunity to learn first-hand from award-winning women directors and the President of the Academy, about everything from networking and producing, to financing and the key creative decisions that go into making a hit film.

Access by invitation only.

Presented in partnership with AMPAS.




Panellists


Kimberly Peirce | Director | BOYS DON’T CRY (1999)

Haifaa Al Mansour | Director | MARY SHELLEY (Screening at DIFF)

Niki Caro | Director | WHALE RIDER (2002)

Dee Rees | Director | MUDBOUND (2017)

John Bailey | President | AMPAS




John Bailey
Kimberly Peirce
Niki Caro

Equity Crowdfunding: Financing Revolution or High Risk Investment?

Date: Fri 08 Dec 15:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

Once the exclusive reserve of high net-worth individuals, equity crowdfunding has now opened up to anyone. Non-accredited investors can now invest in a film and global platforms like IndieGoGo have embraced the change. As a debate emerges over benefits and risks in the crowdfunding community, hear from our panel of experts on how to take advantage of this new model. Will it be a financing revolution for indie film or a risky new venture?

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Panellists


Michael Hughes | Senior Director of Equity Crowdfunding | IndieGoGo

Mychal Simka | Producer & CEO | Simka Entertainment

Danny Andrews | General Counsel | Image Nation



Moderator


Fiona Robertson | Senior Associate | Al Tamimi & Company


Danny Andrews
Fiona Robertson
Michael Hughes
Mychal Simka

Academy President John Bailey Presents: The Art of Cinematography

Date: Fri 08 Dec 17:00
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 75 mins

John Bailey, newly elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is no stranger to the craft of cinema. An award-winning, world-class cinematographer and a passionate film historian, Bailey’s credits include ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980), GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) and AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997). Join us for an intimate conversation with Bailey on the art of cinematography and how he plans to champion below-the-line artists as he steers the Academy forward.

Presented in partnership with AMPAS.



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Guest(s)


John Bailey | President | AMPAS


Screen International Arab Stars of Tomorrow

Date: Sat 09 Dec 10:00
Venue: Press Conference Room , DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

After its highly successful UK talent-spotting initiative Stars of Tomorrow, Screen International launched Arab Stars of Tomorrow in 2016, to spotlight the hottest up-and-coming talent from the Arab world. Returning for a second year, Melanie Goodfellow, Screen’s France & Middle East Correspondent and the curator of this initiative, talks to five new rising stars about their respective crafts, their achievements and their dreams for the future.

Presented in partnership with Screen International.



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Moderator


Melanie Goodfellow | France & Middle East Correspondent | Screen International


Master Class: The Writer’s Room - Making Script Development Work

Date: Sat 09 Dec 15:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

It all starts with a script, but what do you do once you have written one? We know that “writing is rewriting” but how can we best help the writer in this process? What defines good script development practice (and bad), and what are the tools needed to get you across the finish line? Join Script Consultant Ludwik Smolski to learn about mastering the development process.

Smolski is a tutor attending The Writer’s Room - a collaboration between the Dubai International Film Festival, the British Council and the BFI. The Writer’s Room is a forum for writers and creative professionals from the UK and Arab world to exchange ideas, experiences and professional practice, with a view to producing stronger projects for international audiences in the Arab region, the UK and beyond.

Presented in partnership with the British Council and the BFI.




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Presenter(s)


Ludwik Smolski | Script Consultant


Networking Session – Meet the UK Industry

Date: Sat 09 Dec 17:00
Venue: Forum Room, 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 Secret to Hit TV Formats

Date: Sun 10 Dec 10:00
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 30 mins

TV is experiencing a new golden age and while high quality drama tends to steal the spotlight, bold new formats – from scripted to unscripted reality shows - are making a comeback with programmes that are accessible worldwide. How do you successfully adapt a global show to meet local tastes and realities, and what are buyers and producers looking for? Hear about this and the latest trends in the business in this insightful discussion.

Presented in partnership with MIPTV.



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Panellists


Anahita Kheder | Senior Vice President | Fremantle Media Middle East

Tarek El Ganainy | Founder & CEO | TVision (‘Saturday Night Live Arabia’)

Manoj Mathew | COO | Zee Entertainment, MENA

Moderator


Marwan Helayel | Managing Director | Trivium Media


Anahita Kheder

The Big Binge Theory

Date: Sun 10 Dec 10:45
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 30 mins

Stellar dramas with plot twists and cliff-hangers – you have to keep them hooked in the age of binge-worthy TV. VOD and streaming services have radically altered the TV landscape and how content is created, distributed and consumed. Viewers crave deeper engagement in a story-world but how do you build suspense and hold an audience over many seasons? And how does the volume required by broadcasters affect the production process, financially and creatively?

Presented in partnership with MIPTV.



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Panellists


Nader Sobhan | Head of MENA | iflix

Khaled Benchouche | SVP of Programming & Acquisitions | STARZ PLAY

Hani Osama | Co-Founder | The Producers Films



Moderator


Ted Baracos | Director, Market Development | Reed Midem


Nader Sobhan
Ted Baracos

The Academy: 364 Days of the Year

Date: Sun 10 Dec 11:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

John Bailey, newly elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Kimberly Peirce, an Academy Award nominated director, will discuss the Academy’s recent initiatives to diversify its ranks, as well as the organization’s efforts to become more international and increase its membership engagement abroad. This conversation will offer delegates a rare glimpse of the Academy’s year-round activities outside of the Oscars.

Presented in partnership with AMPAS.



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Guest(s)


John Bailey | President | AMPAS

Kimberly Peirce | Governor | AMPAS



Moderator


Jay Weissberg | Film Critic | Variety


Kimberly Peirce

Content Is King: Branded Entertainment & the Future of Advertising

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

Great directors in Hollywood and beyond have turned their creative talents to making movies for the world’s top brands. Learn about the benefits of brand partnering for filmmakers, and how audience demand for richer content is changing the traditional advert and the way brands engage with consumers. How is branded content increasing brand impact too? Join our panel for the inside scoop.


Presented in partnership with Dubai Studio City.



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Panellists


James Morton-Haworth | Director & Co-Founder | Gramafilm

Paul Trillo | Filmmaker

Samer Shoueiry | Executive Head of Digital & Social Marketing | Publicis Communications MEA

Chris Capstick | Publisher | Motivate Media Group

Moderator


Jose Papa | Managing Director | Cannes Lions


James Morton-Haworth
Jose Papa
Paul Trillo
Samer Shoueiry

Lights, Camera, Snap! Going Mobile in the Digital Age

Date: Sun 10 Dec 15:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

Screens are getting smaller and the demand for instant engagement is greater than ever among millennials. What began as a vanishing-photo app has exploded into a hotly coveted content platform for TV networks and brands alike and a hugely popular tool for digital creativity. Meet Snapchat sensation Shaun McBride, named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and Tanner Fox, with millions of followers across social media platforms, and learn about the art of Snapchat storytelling and creating original content for some of the leading brands and media companies around.

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Speaker(s)


Shaun McBride | Snapchat Star

Tanner Fox | Snapchat Star



Moderator


Tracey Grant | Vice President Content & Channels Middle East | Viacom International Media Networks


Shaun McBride
Tanner Fox
Tracey Grant

Dubai Film Connection Awards Ceremony

Date: Sun 10 Dec 17:00
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 75 mins

Open to DFM and DIFF delegates.


Let’s Get Animated!

Date: Mon 11 Dec 10:00
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

Animation has enchanted for over a hundred years, from flip-books and stop motion to cutting-edge CGI, and its techniques are as diverse as its subject matter. Hear from our panel of enthusiasts and award-winning creatives to learn about this magical craft. How do you direct for animation and how can it be used to tackle difficult subjects and enrich the art of storytelling?

Presented in partnership with Dubai Studio City.



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Panellists


Ann Marie Fleming | Filmmaker

Mohammed Saeed Harib | Chairman | Lammtara Art Production

Fadi Baki | Co-Founder | Beirut Animated

Mina Nagy Takla | Managing Director & Co-Founder | The Syndicate



Moderator


Nathalie Habib | Executive Producer & General Manager | Blink Studios


Ann Marie Fleming
Fadi Baki
Mohammed Saeed Harib
Nathalie Habib

Short Cuts: From Theatre to Art Gallery

Date: Mon 11 Dec 11:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

A dedicated session in 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.

Today’s exhibition space for moving image work extends far beyond the theatre, to art galleries, urban rooftops and even building facades. Hear from an artist and a filmmaker about the challenges and possibilities of working with short formats, and the creative process behind video art for installation, and writing and directing for film. Learn about the models of funding and distribution for each, and how the language of the medium changes from one setting to the next.

Presented in partnership with Art Dubai & Sharjah Art Foundation.




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Speaker(s)


Yassmina Karajah | Director | RUPTURE (screening at DIFF)

Sarah Abu Abdallah | Video Artist



Moderator


Ali Roche | Producer | Spike Film & Video


Ali Roche
Sarah Abu Abdallah
Yassmina Karajah

Shooting for the Truth: A Conversation with Morgan Spurlock

Date: Mon 11 Dec 15:30
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 60 mins

Thirteen years after Morgan Spurlock’s critically acclaimed hit SUPER SIZE ME (2004) put the fast-food industry on trial, the Academy Award-nominated documentarian returns with his long-awaited sequel. Join Spurlock for an insightful conversation about a risk-taking career of entertaining exposés that turn the camera on the director himself, and the making of SUPER SIZE ME 2: HOLY CHICKEN! (screening at DIFF) which finds him opening his own restaurant to uncover the reality of food production in the modern world.

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Guest(s)


Morgan Spurlock | Filmmaker

Interviewer


Alex Ritman | UK Correspondent | The Hollywood Reporter


Alex Ritman
Morgan Spurlock

Networking Session – Meet the UAE Industry

Date: Mon 11 Dec 17:00
Venue: Forum Room, 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 12 Dec 11:30
Venue: Forum Room, 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. Back for its second year, four participants have been selected to pitch their short film scripts to a panel of industry experts for the chance to win AED 100,000 towards the realisation of their project.

Presented in partnership with Arab Film Studio.



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Greener Screen: A Carbon Literacy Workshop for the Film & TV Industries

Date: Tue 12 Dec 14:00
Venue: Forum Room, DIFF HQ, Madinat Jumeirah Events & Conference Centre
Duration: 90 mins

While film and TV production contributes significantly to economic growth worldwide, it also has a negative environmental impact through CO2 emissions. Join us for an in-depth workshop that will introduce attendees to the concept of climate change and environmental conservation, followed by an overview of innovative production strategies that can reduce our carbon footprint for greener and more sustainable screen industries.

The Greener Screen initiative aims to spread awareness about environmental sustainability in film and TV production in the UAE and MENA region. Greener Screen offers training and practical solutions in reducing carbon emissions to organizations and industry professionals in collaboration with BAFTA’S Albert Consortium.


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Presenter(s)


Jeremy Mathieu | International Manager | BAFTA Albert Consortium

Bassam Alasad | Co-Founder | Greener Screen




Bassam Alasad
Jeremy Mathieu

The IAA UAE Production Forum: Launch & Industry Mixer

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

Come and meet The IAA UAE Production Forum which launches at DIFF, and opens with an introduction from its Chair, Karen Coetzee and Committee Members, Ali Azarmi, Shane Martin, Reim El Houni, Heather Grace McDonald and Venetia Maunsell.

Media professionals of every specialty can now come together within one community that is focused on the shared benefits of production in the UAE.

The aim of the IAA Production Forum is to create a valued, unified voice for the industry and aims to, amongst other goals, establish international industry standards for all aspects of the film production process.

The Forum’s long-term aim is to formalise and agree upon professional best-work practices and ethics, promote and cultivate local talent, build partnerships with key stakeholders in the UAE, and also promote the UAE’s production industry internationally as a destination of choice for shoots.




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