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DIFFPress Releases 2016Founding Sponsors Dubai Duty Free, Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah Return to support DIFF for 13th Year
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Founding Sponsors Dubai Duty Free, Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah Return to support DIFF for 13th Year
Sun Oct 9, 2016
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Region’s leading film festival to take place with loyal sponsor support December 7-14, 2016

Dubai, 09 October 2016: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is pleased to announce that internationally renowned founding sponsors Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airlines and Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai have reaffirmed their support for a landmark 13th year of the much-loved Festival.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and with thanks to the generous and resilient support of its valued sponsors, DIFF continues to nurture local industry talent and provide an influential platform for Arab film in the region and internationally. As well as showcasing the work of the regional film industry, the Festival also attracts the best actors, directors and producers from around the world, enabling DIFF to continue to earn global prestige.

Speaking on the ongoing support of the founding sponsors, Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF said: “The transformation of the Festival into a world-leading event in just 13 years is incredible, and it is testament to the unwavering support of our generous sponsors and industry leaders Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airlines and Madinat Jumeirah. As we proudly enter into our 2016 edition, we look forward to working together to support and invest in the remarkable regional industry as well as showcase the best the world of film has to offer right here in Dubai.”

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, on the partnership with DIFF said: “It is incredible to see how far DIFF has come in the past 13 years in terms of global recognition within the film industry. This success is due in no small part to the commitment of the dedicated DIFF team in making this a truly international festival which also nurtures regional talent. I am looking forward to this year’s festival and the world class cinema that we will see.”

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President - Commercial Operations, Centre stated: “The Festival has grown from strength to strength over the last 13 years, to become a formidable force on the region’s cultural landscape today, and a voice of authority on Middle Eastern cinema. Emirates is proud to share in that success as a founding sponsor. In building bridges and connecting cultures from all around the world – the Festival shares a vision with Emirates to join people with their passions. The global appeal of cinema and the love of travel both serve to fuel the imagination and spark conversations, which is why the relationship between the Festival and Emirates is an enduring one.”

Stefan Leser, Group Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Group commented: "Madinat Jumeirah is proud to be the home of DIFF for the 13th year running. The Dubai International Film Festival demonstrates once again that Dubai is a leading cultural destination and Jumeirah is delighted to support this celebration of some of the world's most exciting film making and creative industries. It is a truly international occasion attracting to Dubai the very best in cinema talent, as well as film enthusiasts from across the world, many of whom attend this unique event year after year."

The Dubai International Film Festival has become a destination for Arab filmmakers and talents working as platform to showcase their works to the international audience. Registration is now open for media, students and industry professionals for the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival which will take place from the 7th December – 14th December, 2016.
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