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Take a ride on the Kabul Express
Director Kabir Khan's film Kabul Express received a standing ovation at a gala screening at DIFF. We caught up with the director and his lead stars just before they stepped out on the red carpet.
Date - Wed, December 20th 2006 - Gulf News

Steaks are high
There's a scene in the fiction-documentary Fast Food Nation in which we see restaurant patrons biting into juicy, but suspect, hamburgers.
Date - Wed, December 20th 2006 - Gulf News

It's a wrap!
Hundreds of people attended an exquisite awards ceremony on Sunday night at the Sahara Desert Resort for the closing of the third Dubai International Film Festival.
Date - Mon, December 18th 2006 - Gulf News

Bridges successfully built at DIFF
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced a successful exchange between domestic, regional and international film industries with its first annual Industry Office, an umbrella term used to describe a number of initiatives that paired key industry figures with regional filmmakers, brokering new relationships with funding bodies, producers and distributors.
Date - Mon, December 18th 2006 - AME Info

Bridges successfully built at DIFF
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced a successful exchange between domestic, regional and international film industries with its first annual Industry Office, an umbrella term used to describe a number of initiatives that paired key industry figures with regional filmmakers, brokering new relationships with funding bodies, producers and distributors.
Date - Mon, December 18th 2006 - AME Info

World Trade Center 'was story of survival'
Hollywood director Oliver Stone received a standing ovation yesterday following the screening of his latest film World Trade Center, as part of the Dubai International Film Festival.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - Gulf News

Top panelists at Operation Cultural Bridge roundtable
The Operation Cultural Bridge panel at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) saw panelists, including American actor and activist Richard Gere and filmmaker Oliver Stone, debating the use of film as a medium for intercultural understanding and reconciliation.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - Khaleej Times

The curtain falls on DIFF 2006
Dubai will seem a lot quieter after the furore of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) fades this evening, ending its third and most successful year.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - AME Info

The curtain falls on DIFF 2006
Dubai will seem a lot quieter after the furore of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) fades this evening, ending its third and most successful year.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - AME Info

Pure joy
Hollywood star Joy Bryant graced DIFF with her stunning presence and left fans reeling in her stylish and elegant afterglow.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - Gulf News

Emerging. And growing
Talented filmmakers in the UAE are making small but steady strides in a nascent industry, dealing with local concerns with a universal appeal.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - Gulf News

Breaking down the barriers
Hollywood icon, social activist and philanthropist Richard Gere had the audience mesmerised at a 90-minute panel discussion called Operation Cultural Bridge - A World of Discovery at the Madinat Theatre on Friday night.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - Gulf News

Babel brings curtains down on Diff today
The Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) will come to a close today with screening of Babel, the film starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - Khaleej Times

'It was very, very tough'
Making a film about paedophilia is never an easy task, but to limit yourself to just six minutes seems impossible. Emirati filmmaker Naila Al Khaja explains why she tackled the disturbing subject of child abuse.
Date - Sun, December 17th 2006 - Gulf News

In honour of Africa
Nashen Moodley, a well-known African programmer, was set the difficult task of selecting just six films for the African category at this year's Dubai International Film Festival.
Date - Sat, December 16th 2006 - Gulf News

Hundreds crowd Madinat Theatre to watch Gere walk the red carpet
Hundreds of people turned out in force to see Hollywood icon Richard Gere walk the red carpet at Dubai International Film Festival at Madinat Theatre last night.
Date - Sat, December 16th 2006 - Gulf News

Hollywood has landed
Looking a million dollars in an Oscar de la Renta dress, Robin Tunney was a winning ambassador for her film Hollywoodland at its DIFF gala screening.
Date - Sat, December 16th 2006 - Gulf News

Filming in the GCC
If we want a subjective study of what the GCC cinema maybe like in the next few years, we must review the achievements of GCC countries in this field in the past two years.
Date - Sat, December 16th 2006 - Gulf News

American fugitive hogs headlines
David Belfield, aka Dawud Salahuddin aka Hassan Abdulrahman, may be on the FBIís most wanted list, but he had already starred in a film before this yearís Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). He played himself, an African-American physician living in rural Afghanistan, in 2001ís critically acclaimed Kandahar, by Iranian director Mohsen Makmalbaf, and is making headlines again in American Fugitive: the Truth About Hassan, a documentary that has proved controversial in filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafondís Canada.
Date - Sat, December 16th 2006 - Khaleej Times

UAE film producers seek support
The countryís film industry needs financial support from the government to move forward, young UAE fimmakers said yesterday during a press conference held at the Madinat Jumeirah where the Third Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is being held.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - Khaleej Times

Mohanlal movie for DIFF
South Indian superstar Mohanlal will attend the screening of his 1997 classic, Iruvar (The Duo), at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in the Madinat Arena tomorrow.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - Khaleej Times

Manning the red carpet
The gala screening of Kabul Express at DIFF 2006 was a red-carpet event with a difference. Instead of glamorous divas in designer gowns, the focus of attention was three casually dressed men.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - Gulf News

Lebanese film projects unveiled at panel talks
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) paired five Lebanese directors with industry heads in a series of panels where they pitched their projects, received feedback from experienced professionals, and accessed high-level networking opportunities.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - Khaleej Times

King Khan to act in Arab movie?
Here is some music for the ears of Shahrukh Khan fans in the Arab world. King Khan, as he is popularly known in Bollywood, is willing to act in Arab movies, if invited from a film-maker in the region.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - Khaleej Times

Filmmakers speak out on biggest problems facing local cinema...
During a press conference at the third annual Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), a group of Emirati filmmakers stressed that funding problems pose the largest hindrance to local film production, limiting their growing aspirations and forcing them to fund their projects through personal means.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - AME Info

DIFF to support Lebanese filmmakers
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) paired five Lebanese directors with industry heads in a series of panels where they pitched their projects, received feedback from experienced professionals, and accessed high-level networking opportunities.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - AME Info

DIFF salutes Bollywood heartthrob
Hundreds of fans came to cheer Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan as he accepted a memento from Abdul Hamid Juma, chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), at the Souk Madinat Theatre yesterday.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - Gulf News

A film on experience of immigrant
Shot in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Los Angeles, Driving to Zigzigland, screened this week at the Dubai International Film Festival, is based on the real life experience of a Palestinian immigrant in the US after 9/11.
Date - Fri, December 15th 2006 - Khaleej Times

Hollywood hit maker
It's not everyday you get to pick the brains of the man behind some of the most celebrated films of the last few decades. Which is why DIFF's Conversation With Barrie Osborne was too good an opportunity to miss.
Date - Thu, December 14th 2006 - Gulf News

Emirati directors highlight local talent at film festival
The first screening of six Emirati short films was held yesterday at DIFF, running to an hour-and-a-half of footage in the Madinat Jumeirah Theatre.
Date - Thu, December 14th 2006 - Gulf News

A royal entry - Princess Haya
DIFF received the royal touch as Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain graced the red carpet for a gala screening of All the Invisible Children.
Date - Thu, December 14th 2006 - Gulf News

'Life is full of ideas'
New York-based cult filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor (of Dor, Iqbal, and Hyderabad Blues) does not believe Bollywood movies appeal to a wider world audience other than Indians.
Date - Thu, December 14th 2006 - Gulf News

DIFF looks at a fictional future
Death of a President is a film about a historic assassination and the subsequent investigation. But the interesting and shocking thing is that the victim is American president George W. Bush.
Date - Wed, December 13th 2006 - Gulf News

Two stars, two styles
The star of Hollywoodland - DIFF's gala screening tomorrow night - owes his success to sheer determination and vision from a very early age.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Gulf News

Shining in the night
Stretch limousines drove up to the entrance of DIFF for the Arabian Nights gala, the second evening of gala screenings.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Gulf News

Red carpet cues
Glitz and glamour was the order of the day at DIFFís first gala screening of the Festival.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Gulf News

Red carpet Bollywood
Looking stunning in a blue Neeta Lulla sari and with jewellery from Alukkas, Sushama Reddy was the perfect representative for India and Bollywood at the red carpet gala opening of the Dubai International Film Festival.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Gulf News

Perfect start to International Film Fest in Dubai
The gala red carpet premiere of Bobby gave a perfect start to the third edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2006 yesterday.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Khaleej Times

Emerging Emiratis
The prosperity witnessed by the country and the development of its human resources, to establish a new national image, are among many positive factors that herald the emergence of a distinguished Emirati cinema.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Gulf News

Editorial: Good morning sunshine
Those who would like to know what is happening around them in the world should watch documentary films.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Gulf News

Cinema focuses on social issues
There wasn't a dry eye in the house when All the Invisible Children ended at the Dubai International Film Festival yesterday.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Gulf News

Arab cinema in the spotlight
"Cinema is coming" to the Arab and Muslim world according to Dora Bouchoucha, a renowned filmmaker.
Date - Tue, December 12th 2006 - Gulf News

Trading stories
International film festivals started as an expression of peopleís need to communicate.
Date - Mon, December 11th 2006 - Gulf News

Sounds like a winner
Studio City is taking shape with Dh450 million of investment, said the key figures in its creation at a DIFF press conference yesterday.
Date - Mon, December 11th 2006 - Gulf News

Let the truth be told
Talking to Oliver Stone means watching a man who believes in what he does, and realising at the same time the great variety of his films and their stories.
Date - Mon, December 11th 2006 - Gulf News

Force of nature
After more than three decades in the industry, Laurence Fishburne is deservedly at the top of his profession.
Date - Mon, December 11th 2006 - Gulf News

Bobby sheds light on other side of American society
While Robert Kennedy may have been stopped in his tracks, the resilience of the American public to oppose "violence and darkness" is still alive and strong, according to the cast members of Bobby speaking at a press conference in Dubai.
Date - Mon, December 11th 2006 - Gulf News

Bobby sheds light on other side of American society
While Robert Kennedy may have been stopped in his tracks, the resilience of the American public to oppose "violence and darkness" is still alive and strong, according to the cast members of Bobby speaking at a press conference in Dubai.
Date - Mon, December 11th 2006 - Gulf News

The cameras are rolling on DIFF 2006
Officials and volunteers were overwhelmed as people of all nationalities flooded the Madinat Arena for the opening day of DIFF 2006.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Gulf News

Over 12,000 DIFF tickets already sold
Ticket sales for the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) have been exceptionally good during the pre-festival period, according to organisers. So far, over 12,000 tickets have been snapped up by movie lovers since the DIFF box office opened on November 30.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Khaleej Times

Making a DIFFerence
DIFF was conceived in 2004 as an event that would be a cultural bridge between East and West, and between the Arab and non-Arab worlds.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Gulf News

Indie films
Independent cinema is making another strong showing at this year's Dubai International Film Festival.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Gulf News

Home of the movies
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) provides the perfect opportunity to showcase Dubai Studio City, an initiative by Dubai Media City to foster the growth of the broadcast and film production industry in the region.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Gulf News

Fanatical about film
Watching movies is a way of life for the three ticket sellers at this year's Dubai International Film Festival box office. Supervisor Aldrich Fernandes, 24, says he loves the job.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Gulf News

Emilio Estevez at DIFF 2006
The director of Bobby always tells a compelling story. DIFF 2006 opens with the gala screening of Bobby, writer, director and actor Emilio Estevez's comeback film.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Gulf News

Dubai Film Festival Flashback
Living up to its motto of "Bridging Cultures, Meeting Minds" the Dubai International Film Festival has so far brought to Dubai a variety of films from every continent and shown the world the best of Arab cinema.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Gulf News

2006-12-10 - DIFF announces Bronze Sponsor companies - AME Info

Curtains up for Diff today with Bobby
The third edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) is set to open at the Madinat Jumeirah today with the screening of Emilio Estevezís latest Hollywood movie, Bobby. The festival, to be held until December 17, will screen 115 films from 47 countries, according to organisers.
Date - Sun, December 10th 2006 - Khaleej Times

2006-12-10 - A DIFFerent level - Gulf News
2006-12-09 - Range of Asian movies to feature at Dubai film festival - Gulf News
2006-12-09 - Dubai set for third film festival - Khaleej Times

Dubai set for third film festival
Dubaiís third international film festival will get under way on Sunday with organizers promising a star-studded launch to the week-long event featuring 115 movies from 47 countries.
Date - Fri, December 8th 2006 - Khaleej Times

2006-12-07 - DIFF announces Silver Sponsors - AME Info
2006-12-05 - Juma appointed film festival chairman - Gulf News
2006-12-05 - DIFF announces Gold Sponsors for 2006 festival - AME Info
2006-12-05 - Arab film contest to celebrate culture - Gulf News
2006-12-04 - DIFF's shooting stars - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - Where and how to get tickets - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - On the right track - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - Juma appointed film festival chairman - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - Film festival box office opens - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - Film festival box office opens - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - DIFF on tour - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - DIFF offers big bucks - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - DIFF gets competitive - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - Bridging cultures with a meeting of minds - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - Arab film contest to celebrate culture - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - 'Something for everyone' - Gulf News
2006-11-30 - 'Bobby' to open Dubai Film Festival - Gulf News
2006-11-29 - Leading stars of world cinema to converge on Dubai for DIFF - Khaleej Times
2006-11-29 - DIFF 2006 box office now open - AME Info
2006-11-28 - From cool to spool, Dubai is a 'Diff'erent place - Khaleej Times
2006-11-28 - Dubai to promote Arab talent at 3rd film festival - Khaleej Times
2006-11-26 - UAE's top firms confirm support for DIFF 2006 - AME Info
2006-11-24 - Three film personalities to be honoured - Khaleej Times
2006-11-24 - Festival to honour Syrian, US and Indian legends - Gulf News
2006-11-23 - Dubai International Film Festival opens Industry Office - AME Info
2006-11-23 - DIFF salutes iconic film legends - Khaleej Times
2006-11-23 - DIFF interviews 130 applicants at inaugural Job Fair - AME Info
2006-11-19 - 'Bobby' to open Dubai Film Festival - Gulf News
2006-11-13 - Government departments pledge continued support for DIFF 2006 - AME Info
2006-11-07 - Heads of Dubai and Cairo International Film Festival hold disc... - AME Info
2006-11-06 - DIFF Arab Film Competition makes impressive debut - AME Info
2006-11-05 - DIFF banner travels to Eygpt, Morocco and Tunisia - AME Info
2006-10-90 - Dubai International Film Festival goes on tour to Toronto - Gulf News
2006-10-22 - Entries pour in for inaugural Arab film contest - Gulf News
2006-10-22 - Entries pour in for inaugural Arab film contest - Gulf News
2006-09-28 - Juma appointed film festival chairman - Gulf News
2006-09-20 - On the right track - Gulf News
2006-09-02 - Stephenson 'very excited' about dream job - Gulf News
2006-09-02 - Making movies in the UAE - Gulf News
2006-09-02 - Bridging cultures with a meeting of minds - Gulf News
2006-08-27 - DIFF offers big bucks - Gulf News
2006-08-07 - Arab film contest to celebrate culture - Gulf News
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