Dubai International Film Festival [DIFF] 2005
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Film Festival 2005 Program Schedule
program is divided into three main sections
- Gala Screenings,
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
Film Festival 2005 Venues, Film
Screening Schedule, and Tickets
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
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.