DIFF Muhr Awards Competition
Dubai Film Festival will continue its award competition to recognize regional and international filmakers, with prize gives aways for totalling US$ 576,000 to recipients of the Muhr Award, which are selected by a prestigious international jury. The competition has been extended
this year to include Muhr AsiaAfrica, and the “Prize of the International Critics” for best feature film in the Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema with the partnership of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
DIFF 2008 Celebrity Attendants
Attendances of the Dubai Film Festival 2008 include hollywood's Nicholas Cage, Brendan Fraser, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Eliza Bennett, and Charles Roven. Indian celebrities include Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Anil Kapoor,
Freida Pinto, Deepa Mehta, Nandita Das, and Mamooty. Arab celebrities will include Yasmina Khadra, Carmen Lebbos, Sameer Ghanem, Sameer Sabri, Jameel Rateb, Yahya Al Fakhrani, Hicham Saleem, Saeed Saleh, Sabah Al Jazayari, Salaf Fawakharji, Tayyam Hasan, Samer Al Masri and
Jamal Sulaiman. GCC stars like Saad Abdullah, Mohammed Al Mansoor, AbdurRahman al Aqal, Tareq Al Ali, Lateefa Al Majran, Suaad Ali, Abdul Mohsin Al Namar, Nasir Al Qasbi, Abdul Aziz Jasim and Ghanem Al Saliti. The UAE will be well represented by Ahmed Al Jasmi, Jaber Naghmoosh,
Habeeb Ghaloom, Moza Al Mazroohi, Ahmed Al Ansari, Marwan Abdullah Saleh, and Maree al Halyan.
Cinema Against AIDS Dubai
This event was added to DIFF in 2007 and will continue this year to feature a rare and unusual luxury items that will be auctioned at the fundraising event. The auction will raise funds for The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the world’s leading organization dedicated
to the HIV/AIDS research, prevention, education, and public policy advocacy. This year's event will be feted by a number of A-list celebrities such as Goldie Hawn, Salma Hayek, Laura Linney and Preity Zinta (Honourary Chair).
DIFF 2008 Sponsors
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airlines, and Dubai Pearl are principal sponsors. Other sponsors of DIFF 2008 include AMG (Arab Media Group), Dubai Media Incorporated, Gulf News, The Hollywood Reporter, Khaleej Times, Real Media, Al Nasr
Publishing, Amouge, Dessange, Dubai Airports, Eye of Dubai, FedEx, Harry Winston, Harvey Nichols, HP, MAC, Media Watch, MMI, Motivate Publishing, and Sony.