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The DIFF is committed to helping people understand and enjoy film, using it as a medium to promote open dialogue between cultures and nations. DIFF actively works with universities and colleges to nurture and develop local and international talent, accelerating and fostering growth of the industry, while providing an invaluable benefit to the people of the United Arab Emirates.

Universities and Colleges


In order to encourage the involvement and assistance of the student community of the UAE, the DIFF welcomes media students to the festival to report on the festival news and events and acquiring hands-on experiences in the UAE film community.

DIFF is one of the best places for young people to experience the hustle, bustle and excitement associated with film journalism. Through reporting from DIFF, young media students have had first-hand experience of covering the red carpet, have come to know the necessity of meeting tight deadlines, have had the chance to conduct on-the-spot, last-minute interviews and have truly experienced a real-life learning curve.

The students also gain admittance to the industry panels running throughout DIFF, as part of the Dubai Film Forum – the annual opportunity for industry peers to debate and discuss the latest trends in film.

Qualified candidates will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to organize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment. Must be detail oriented, self-motivated, flexible, and be able to work in a team situation.

DIFF Young Journalist Award


Every year DIFF runs the annual Young Journalist Award (YJA) programme supported by Gulf News, which offers unprecedented access and mentorship for writers wishing to break into entertainment journalism.

Participants are selected from media colleges around the UAE based on the strength of their written portfolio. Once shortlisted, they will be thrown into the fast-paced world behind the scenes at the region’s premier film festival, conveying news of announcements, deals and celebrity appearances to a hungry public. They will work to tight deadlines as a team, overseen by experienced journalists from Gulf News and DIFF representatives.

The best report each day will be published in Gulf News’ tabloid! The winner of the programme will then be chosen during the festival, following which he or she will be offered an internship at tabloid!



Students FAQ


I am a student; can I register for the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival?


Yes, we encourage students who are studying media or film related courses at university to attend the Festival. Registration is now open on the DIFF website and you must submit a copy of your student card with your application.

What am I entitled to at DIFF if my registration is accepted?


Using your DIFF student badge you are able to pull 4 regular screening tickets per day at any of the box office locations or online at www.diff.ae. You will also have access to a variety of elements within The Dubai Film Market (DFM), the business and trade hub of the Festival and world’s leading industry platform for Arab cinema. At the Forum, you can attend industry workshops, master classes, networking sessions and informative panel discussions. In addition you can visit the Exhibitors’ stands which present excellent opportunities to interact with industry leaders and network with major players in the region and beyond.

What other opportunities can I explore at DIFF?


DIFF is a fantastic opportunity for experiential and real-world learning through exposure to accomplished producers, directors, crew experts, business executives, international cinema and Festival operations teams. For film and media students who are serious about the film industry, DIFF is the place to be.

How can I become a DIFF volunteer?


Volunteers have been integral to DIFF’s success since the inaugural edition in 2004; over 6,000 volunteers have given their time and energy. For more information on how to become a DIFF volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page.

Are there any Intern opportunities available at the DIFF?


Yes, intern positions are also available within the various departments within the Festival, to apply contact Careers
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