DIFF qualifies as a festival that can contribute short films for Oscar consideration by AMPAS
Sat Sep 20, 2014

During the 10th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, the visiting delegation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced that DIFF has qualified as a Festival that can contribute short films for Oscar consideration.

The qualification will apply to the Muhr Arab shorts competitions, making the festival the first from the Arab world to be on the list. Winning films from last year’s festival can qualify for the Academy’s 2015 competition.

Former Academy president Sid Ganis said: “The Dubai International Film Festival is sensational; I’m having an enlightening time seeing films, meeting filmmakers and being in Dubai has been a really good experience. We think DIFF is significant and this is an important festival. If you’re a short filmmaker and win an award in Dubai, you qualify, which is very good news for filmmakers in the region.”