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Festival About DIFF Policies Connect
Festival Muhr Submissions
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Muhr Awards submissions for the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, running from December 6-13, 2017, are now open.

In 2006, DIFF launched the Muhr competition for short and feature films originating from the United Arab Emirates and Arab world. The prestigious competition is heavily contested and has emerged as a definitive platform for Arab film, nurturing and rewarding filmmaking excellence in the Arab world. The competition has helped raise profiles of award recipients on the international stage and drawing attention to cinema from the region. The competition is adjudicated by prestigious international juries.

Muhr Feature Awards


  • Best Muhr Fiction Feature - AED 200,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film
  • Best Muhr non-Fiction Feature - AED 100,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film
  • Special Jury Prize Muhr Feature (Fiction or Non- Fiction) - AED 50,000. The prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film
  • Best Director - AED 20,000
  • Best Actor - AED 10,000
  • Best Actress - AED 10,000

Muhr Short Awards


  • Best Muhr Short – AED 50,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film, and the winner will automatically qualify for consideration for the 2019 “©Oscar®” Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • Special Jury Prize: Muhr Short - AED 25,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

Muhr Gulf Short Awards


  • Best Muhr Gulf Short - AED 50,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.
  • Special Jury Prize: Muhr Gulf Short - AED 25,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

Muhr Emirati Awards


  • Best Muhr Emirati Feature – AED 75,000 The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.
  • Best Muhr Emirati Short – AED 50,000 The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.
  • Best Emirati Director – AED 20,000

Eligibility for People’s Choice Award:


  • All films selected in DIFF Official Programme with the exception of Cinema for Children and films which are out of our General Eligibility rules.

DIFF’s out of competition sections; Cinema of the World, Arabian Nights, Cinema for Children and DIFFerent Reality are curated by DIFF’s programmers and therefore not open for submissions.



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