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The annual Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is back again for its second year and will be taking place from the 11th and 17th of December 2005. The seven-day festival will be 30% bigger than last year and showcase 98 films from 46 countries, including 6 world premieres and 38 middle east premieres. Similar to last year, TEN Movies' resident film critics - Adnan Khan and Faizan Rashid - will be at it again to cover the action as it happens.

Dubai Film Festival 2005 Coverage
11th December 2005 (Day 1)

The evening inaugural of the second DIFF had over 800 VIP guests walk up the 80-meter long red carpet at the Madinat Jumeirah Arabian Resort for the opening gala... more...

12th December 2005 (Day 2)

10am and I find myself at the Mall of the Emirates for a special press screening of the clever documentary “Czech Dream.” It’s actually the biggest ever consumer hoax in... more...

13th December 2005 (Day 3)

3pm. “Pride & Prejudice.” This film has been made with a lot of good taste. An adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, the feel is very contemporary even though the... more...

14th December 2005 (Day 4)

Day 4s are infamous. They are in most cases the midpoint of festivals, a reasonable position to responsibly say what you really feel about the quality of the fest... more...

15th December 2005 (Day 5)

“L’Enfant” should be a great way to start any day. 12.45pm and I finally sit myself to see the film that won the prestiguous Palme D’or this year. Directed by the... more...

16th December 2005 (Day 6)

3pm Friday. I’m on my way back from “King Kong” (non-DIFF release) to see Brazilian director Fernando Mierelles’ latest, “The Constant Gardener.” Believe the critics,... more...

17th December 2005 (Day 7)

11.30am. It's early and Faizan Rashid tells me that he's off to see the new comedy with Albert Brooks, "Looking for Comedy in the Musim World." The film had its world... more...

Dubai Film Festival 2005 Program Schedule

The DIFF program is divided into three main sections - Gala Screenings, Film Programs, and Special Events. The Gala Screenings will be held each night of the DIFF at Madinat Jumeirah and outstanding films will be shown. The Film Programs is the main section of the DIFF program which showcases films, documentaries, and shorts. The Special Events will have social events and panel discussions. Read Program Details...

Dubai Film Festival 2005 Venues, Film Screening Schedule, and Tickets

DIFF 2005 Venue Aerial MapFilms screened at DIFF 2005 will be shown at Cinestar Cinemas in the Mall of the Emirates, Madinat Arena, the Madinat Theatre in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, and the Dubai Media City (DMC) Amphitheatre. For details to which movies are playing on which days of the festival, visit the film screening schedule.

Ticket prices have been set at Dhs. 50 for gala screenings and Dhs. 20 for regular screenings. You can purchase six regular screening tickets for the price of five and students with ID can purchase regular screening tickets for Dhs. 15 each. You can purchase DIFF tickets by calling the DIFF Call Center at 04-367-6701 or securely online with your VISA or MasterCard. Alternatively, tickets can be bought at both Cinestar Cinemas in Dubai, Madinat Theater at Souq Madinat and the lobby Dubai Media City Building 2 (CNN Building) daily from 12pm to 8pm.

More About the Dubai Film Festival 2005

DIFF 2005 Celebrity Attendants
The list is currently topped by Oscar-winning American actor Morgan Freeman, making his second appearance at the Festival; legendary Indian producer Yash Chopra; and Egyptian superstar Adel Imam. Other A-list names include Egyptian actors Noor Sherif, Yousra, Hanan Turk and Mona Zaki, Tunisian star Hind Sabri, French-Algerian rai singer Faudel, Greek director Constantin Costa-Gavras, British director Michael Caton Jones, American actors Albert Brooks, Dylan McDermott and Jon Tenney, British actor Hugh Dancy, Indian actors John Abraham and Lisa Ray and international activist-musician Bob Geldof, KBE.

DIFF 2005 Sponsors
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Duty Free and Emirates Airlines return as founding sponsors, while Dubai Properties and Etisalat are new founding sponsors. National Bank of Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah (Nakheel), Bin Hendi Avenue, The Kanoo Group and Showtime are gold sponsors of DIFF 2005.

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