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Heralded by Variety magazine as one of the world’s “50 unmissable film festivals“, DIFF has cemented its reputation as the ultimate destination to discover films from the Arab world and beyond. The archive gives you access to the films, juries, galleries, press releases and more from the first edition in 2004 through to the current edition.

DIFF Journal 2016

Thu Dec 15, 2016
Journal Feature
The force was strong on the closing night
It was a star-studded grand finale to DIFF 2016 – in more ways than one yesterday.
Wed Dec 14, 2016
Fashion and film come together at DIFF
Last night was proof that DIFF is all about putting on a show – on and off the screen.
Wed Dec 14, 2016
Director Lenny Abrahamson captures the Room
The final Forum session at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival with Irish director Lenny Abrahamson finished all too soon.
Tue Dec 13, 2016
Stars collide for DIFF Global Gift Gala
The glamour stakes went through the roof at last night’s glittering charity fundraiser, The Global Gift Gala, hosted by the Dubai International Film Festival and the UAE-based philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares.
Mon Dec 12, 2016
Stars of SNL Bil Arabi ‘keep it fresh’
Who said Arabs aren’t funny? Whoever did has been proved wrong this year, following the airing across Arabia on OSN of its regional version of the US cult show ‘Saturday Night Live’.
Mon Dec 12, 2016
Andie MacDowell talks gender, career, modelling and Hugh Grant
Andie MacDowell is stunning. Considering she’s been a face of L’Oreal for over 30 years
Sun Dec 11, 2016
Manchester by the Sea stirs emotions
The mortifyingly sad story of ‘Manchester by the Sea’ left few dry eyes in the Madinat Arena on Sunday when it debuted in the region.
Sun Dec 11, 2016
Journal Feature
Questions fired at Westworld stars Hemsworth and Wright
On Sunday morning, screened in the beautiful Madinat Theatre, was the very first episode of ‘Westworld’.
Sat Dec 10, 2016
Guests awarded with conversation with Academy President
She may not be a familiar face on the big screen, but behind the scenes Cheryl Boone Isaacs is one of the most influential figures in the film industry.
Sat Dec 10, 2016
Sell out for La La Land
‘La La Land’ is one of those feel-good movies that’ll have you smiling from ear to ear.
Sat Dec 10, 2016
A chance to meet the real Samuel L Jackson
It was standing room only. Tickets were sold out weeks in advance and every seat in the beautiful Arabesque Madinat Theatre was occupied almost as soon as the doors opened in order to get the best view of the stage. Suffice to say, anticipation was high.
Sat Dec 10, 2016
Children in the spotlight at ‘Swallows and Amazons’ premiere
Walking the red carpet and being stopped by photographers en route is hugely exciting when you’re an eight year old, let alone the anticipation of being among the first in the region to see the newest, most talked about movie – ‘Swallows and Amazons’.
Fri Dec 9, 2016
Lebanese composer honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
Listen to the soundtrack for ‘The English Patient’ and you’ll instantly appreciate why the French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared was the recipient of the Arab Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival.
Fri Dec 9, 2016
Miss Sloane sparks debate
If the international premiere of ‘Miss Sloane’ achieved anything on the opening night of the Festival – apart from offering great entertainment – it stirred up discussion.
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