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About DIFF

Who We Are

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and under the honorary chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Dubai International Film Festival, is the leading film festival in the region.

Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. Each year DIFF presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond introducing audiences to fresh new talent and original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking. The thirteenth edition will be held from December 7 to 14, 2016.

DIFF has established itself as a major international festival, while continuing to serve as a premier showcase event for Arab cinema, and contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry.
  Launched in 2006, the festival's prestigious Muhr competition has emerged as a definitive platform for Arab film, nurturing and rewarding filmmaking excellence in the Arab world. The competition recognises outstanding talent from the region, presenting prize money to Muhr Award winners and also raising the profile of regional works on the world stage.

The Dubai Film Market (DFM) is the business hub of the Festival and the only platform in the Middle East dedicated to the development, production and distribution of Arab film. The DFM runs concurrently with the Festival and is at the heart of the Festival’s industry activities. The Market is attended annually by over 1,700 delegates from more than 90 countries.

The festival has left an indelible impression on its guests, industry professionals and film fans, through its events, workshops, seminars and principal mandate of celebrating excellence in cinema and using it as a medium to promote open dialogue between cultures and nations.