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DIFFDIFF Journal 2018DIFF team: 14 Years of Passion and Dedication

DIFF Journal
DIFF team: 14 Years of Passion and Dedication
Tue Jun 19, 2018
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Cinema is an art of collaboration. It starts with passion; for an idea, a notion or a cause, and it blossoms into a film that captivates, inspires and entertains.

Like the process of making a film, bringing together a successful film festival requires a dedicated - and more importantly, passionate - team that lives and breathes cinema. Just as a film comes together after years of blood, sweat and tears, so does a festival which demands so much of its team. A team who constantly go out of their way to provide an impeccable experience for everyone.

Over the past 14 years, we’ve been fortunate to have such a dedicated, passionate and selfless team who brought together hard work, impressive experience and unrivalled film knowledge to create a festival that quickly became a beacon for Arab cinema the world over.

If you have ever attended DIFF, you will have seen an army of amazing volunteers handing you your tickets, ushering you in to a screening or helping you navigate the plethora of activity around the Festival. And you will have seen our hard-working running everything from screenings to transport, to ensure guests enjoyed a seamless experience. All year, and long before the Festival kicks into gear, they were tirelessly at work in search of the best of Arab and international cinema to bring to Dubai, forging relationships with key industry bodies, supporting regional talent and ensuring DIFF keeps raising the bar as the champion of Arab cinema.

Led by AbdulHamid Juma and Masoud Amralla Al Ali, our DIFF team created a true legacy: a festival that stands for Arab cinema, supports the growth of Emirati cinema and brings together film lovers from all around the world to celebrate cinema in Dubai every December. It is the team’s diversity and industry track record that has established DIFF as an essential platform for the film landscape in the region. Bringing experience from all around the globe - from India, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, France and of course the UAE - our incredible team harnessed their unique understanding of international cultures, and pulled them together in brilliant and thought-provoking ways through cinema.

As we transition to a new and exciting phase in the Festival’s lifecycle, our team is also evolving and we salute and acknowledge the invaluable contributions, endless passion and relentless energy of the team that has served the Festival over the past 14 years. Thank you AbdulHamid, Thank you Masoud and to every single person who has been, and will always be, part of the DIFF family.

Now we look ahead to 2019, and to what will be a landmark 15th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival. Plans are already underway for a format that continues to support Arab cinema in new and relevant ways, and we are excited to share it with you all.

See you in 2019!
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