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Founding Sponsors Continue Support for DIFF’s 14th Year
Thu Oct 12, 2017
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Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah continue their loyal support since Festival’s inception

Dubai, 12 October 2017: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced today that leading founding sponsors Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai, are continuing their support of the Festival for its 14th edition. Running from 6 – 13 December, 2017 the backing of the internationally renowned brands has provided crucial support in establishing the Festival as a highly anticipated and respected event on the world stage.

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 its commitment to nurture and support flourishing local industry talent and provide an influential platform for Arab film. As well as highlighting the work of the regional film industry, DIFF continues to earn global prestige and a sterling reputation by attracting some of the best actors, directors and filmmakers from around the world for an unforgettable slate of cinema over eight days each December.

Praising the ongoing support of the founding sponsors, Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF said: “In the space of 14 years we’ve seen an incredible transformation of the Festival. It has grown into a leading event on the world stage, and its achievements could not have been realized without the longstanding support of our generous sponsors and industry leaders at Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah. As we head towards our 2017 edition, we look forward to working together in showcasing the best that the regional and global world of film has to offer this December.”

Commenting on the partnership with DIFF, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, said: "The Dubai International Film Festival has succeeded in establishing itself as a unique event in a highly competitive field. Since its inception, the Festival has screened local, regional and international films, including many world premieres, which underline its success on the world stage. We are looking forward to the 14th edition which we are certain will be the most successful yet."

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President - Commercial Operations, Centre stated: “Over the last 14 years, DIFF has transformed Middle Eastern cinema, creating awareness and appreciation for films from the region. As a founding sponsor, Emirates is proud to have been a part of this journey. Both Emirates and the Festival continue to connect the world through a passion for culture, films and travel. This shared vision of bringing people across the globe together is why the relationship between Emirates and the DIFF has been a success and we look forward to advancing this partnership.”

Marc Dardenne, Group Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of Jumeirah Group commented: “We are proud to sponsor the Dubai International Film Festival for the 14th year and welcome back to Jumeirah film enthusiasts from across the globe. The festival is a firm fixture in the Dubai calendar and a fantastic opportunity for Madinat Jumeirah to host this celebration of cinema, which year after year brings the very best in film talent and exciting movie making to the region.”

The Dubai International Film Festival has become one of the most sought-after platforms for Arab filmmakers to showcase their work and talent to an international audience. Registration is now open for media, industry professionals and the public for the 14th edition, which will take place from December 6 – 13, 2017.
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