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Dubai Film Festival auction raises $1.8mn for AIDS
An auction of celebrity memorabilia on the sidelines of the Dubai International Film Festival raised $1.8 million for the fight against AIDS, the organisers announced on Saturday.
Date - Sun, December 14th 2008 - Arabian Business

DIFF film workshops aim to nurture local talent
Organisers of the fifth Dubai International Film Festival say this year's event will have a stronger focus on fostering and promoting the work of Arab filmmakers through a series of workshops, awards and screenings.
Date - Sun, December 14th 2008 - Arabian Business

Second amfAR bash raises $1.8 mil
A smattering of Hollywood stars made their way out to Dubai's latest attraction, the Atlantis hotel, for the second annual Cinema Against AIDS gala in Dubai, which raised $1.8 million Friday night.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - Hollywood Reporter

Dubai film fest celebrates a cause
The Day 2 at the 5th annual Dubai film festival witnessed stars across the globe coming together, in order to celebrate the excellence in cinema. It wasn't only international stars, who made their presence felt in Dubai but also Indian celebrities walking the red carpet.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - Times Now TV

Celebrities out in force for DIFF opening
The Dubai International Film Festival kicked off its fifth addition on Thursday night with stars from Hollywood, Bolywood and the world of Arab cinema.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - Arabian Business

Arab exhibitors at a crossroads
Boxoffice in the Arab world has never been better, but there's lots of room for improvement, regional exhibition and distribution executives said Saturday in a panel discussion at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - Hollywood Reporter

'Girls of Riyadh' on Serafina's agenda
An adaptation of the best-seller "Girls of Riyadh" and a biopic of cult 1960s author Khalil Gibran ("The Prophet") are among projects German film-fund veteran Susanne Bohnet is developing as part of her new United Arab Emirates- and U.S.-based company, Serafina Releasing.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - Hollywood Reporter

'Peace Mission' gives guided tour of planet's third-largest film...
Quietly producing close to two thousand films per year and rapidly becoming the country's second-largest employer, the Nigerian home video industry is a growing force.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - AME Info

Five films at DIFF 2008 celebrate rule-breaking trailblazers
Cinema has always celebrated heroes, but five special films at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) depict mavericks who instigated massive change, whether by arms, by creativity, or be example.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - AME Info

Muslim immigrant hopes collide in Adhen: Dernier Maquis
The latest film from Algerian-French director Rabah Aimeur-Zaimeche, Adhen: Dernier Maquis, is set in an industrial yard that becomes a strangely beautiful setting for a dispute among Arab and African Muslim immigrants in the Paris suburbs.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - AME Info

Salma Hayek, Goldie Hawn, and Laura Linney help raise $1.8m at...
Event Chairs Salma Hayek, Goldie Hawn and Laura Linney along with Jeffrey Wright, Danny Glover, Harry and Pamela Belafonte, Preity Zinta, Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam, Giancarlo Giannini, Pierfrancesco Favino and Anna Ferzetti helped raise $1.8m for amfAR at its second annual Cinema Against AIDS gala in Dubai.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - AME Info

Provocative documentary Black Nation to premiere at DIFF
The Dubai International Film festival is thrilled to announce that the feature documentary Black Nation will have its world premiere at The Dubai International Film Festival on December 15, 2008.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - AME Info

Leading cultural figures to discuss culture and cinema at open...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is hosting five distinguished guests today for the third annual Cultural Bridge public discussion panel on cinema as a means of cultural understanding-fitting DIFF's credo 'Building Bridges, Meeting Minds.'
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - AME Info

DIFF to host documentary debate
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), in association with Toronto-based documentary festival Hot Docs, will host a day of documentary film industry discussions on December 16, covering international co-productions and creative documentaries and films.
Date - Sat, December 13th 2008 - Gulf News

Programmers serious about kids' stuff
A mythical world where all animals were born, a rich white boy and poor black girl working together to prevent tribal warfare in Africa, a talking giraffe -- these are the elements that make up "The Seven of Daran: The Battle of Pareo Rock," the opening film of the Dubai International Film Festival's Cinema for Children section.
Date - Fri, December 12th 2008 - Hollywood Reporter

First Dubai market makes its 'Bones'
The Dubai International Film Festival's inaugural film market has its first deal, with Alchemy Films picking up South African feature "Mr. Bones 2" for the Middle East.
Date - Fri, December 12th 2008 - Hollywood Reporter

Middle East offers more than money
The Middle East is awash with financiers and filmmakers hunting for an oasis of cash in these harsh economic times. But for one producer with operations in Los Angeles and the United Arab Emirates, it's also a region rich in stories that lend themselves to the big-screen treatment.
Date - Thu, December 11th 2008 - Hollywood Reporter

Dubai's first film market draws 450
The long list of delegates attending this week's first Dubai Film Market might easily be confused for the reservation chart at popular Beverly Hills industry eatery the Grill.
Date - Thu, December 11th 2008 - Hollywood Reporter

DIFF announces surprise film
The Dubai International Film Festival, which started on Thursday, has announced a surprise showing of Rachel Getting Married.
Date - Thu, December 11th 2008 - Gulf News

Dubai Film Connection announces two new awards
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has recently announced two new awards for its Dubai Film Connection co-production market, designed to provide a platform for collaboration between Arab and international film industry professionals.
Date - Thu, December 11th 2008 - AME Info

DIFF gives Docs their due
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), in association with Toronto-based documentary festival Hot Docs will host a day of documentary film industry discussions on December 16, covering international co-productions, creative documentaries, and films screening at DIFF 2008.
Date - Wed, December 10th 2008 - AME Info

DIFF 2008 screens vibrant, fresh Palestinian cinema
Before 2005's Paradise Now rocketed into international consciousness, people could be forgiven for thinking that there was no film coming out of Palestine.
Date - Wed, December 10th 2008 - AME Info

DIFF boosts young film Journalists
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will host 20 up and coming media journalists in a special 'Young Journalist Award Workshop,' in the presence of international film journalists and critics.
Date - Wed, December 10th 2008 - AME Info

Harry Winston to host exclusive event at the Dubai International...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and international luxury brand Harry Winston have announced a new partnership for the DIFF's landmark fifth edition.
Date - Wed, December 3rd 2008 - AME Info

Outdoor evening screenings at DMC for two nights at DIFF 2008
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will once again present its outdoor screening series Screen on the Green at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, offering free cinema on December 16 and 17.
Date - Tue, December 2nd 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival 2008 box office opens November 27
The box office for the fifth annual Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) opens today, with four locations and a dedicated call centre for movie lovers to buy tickets to screenings and special events.
Date - Sat, November 29th 2008 - AME Info

Muhr Asiaafrica introduces new names and timeless themes
The Dubai International Film Festival has selected fifteen feature films that will compete in the new Muhr AsiaAfrica awards, introduced this year to encourage filmmaking in emerging markets.
Date - Thu, November 27th 2008 - AME Info

DIFF goes offshore for tech help
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will be heavily dependent on imported equipment and technical staff to provide the event's sound and projection setups, according to organisers.
Date - Wed, November 26th 2008 - Arabian Business

The first lady of film
She may be known as the UAE's most prominent female filmmaker, but Nayla Al Khaja tells Madeleine Collins that the local film industry has got a long way to go.
Date - Mon, November 24th 2008 - Arabian Business

Dubai Film Connection to nurture more home productions
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has unveiled the lineup of new projects it will nurture in this year's Dubai Film Connection (DFC), an invitation-only co-production market running from the 13 to 17 December with the mandate of bringing international film professionals into contact with Arab filmmakers.
Date - Mon, November 24th 2008 - Arabian Business

DIFF announces this year's lineup
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) officially inaugurated its fifth season Sunday, unveiling the various competitions, events and names that will contribute to making it increasingly prominent on the cinema world stage.
Date - Mon, November 24th 2008 - Xpress

Movies to watch at DIFF
Some of the most interesting cinema titles will be screened at the Dubai International Film Festival. Here's a list of what's in store:
Date - Mon, November 24th 2008 - Gulf News

Stars to make the DIFF-erence
Some of the biggest names in cinema will arrive in Dubai for the fifth instalment of the Dubai International Film Festival. Nicolas Cage, Brendan Fraser, Danny Glover, Salma Hayek, Goldie Hawn, Laura Linney and Eliza Bennett are just a few of the stars who will walk the red carpet at the event, which takes place from December 11-18.
Date - Mon, November 24th 2008 - Gulf News

Bollywood rendezvous at DIFF
DIFF will prove to be a meeting place for Indian directors and actors.
Date - Mon, November 24th 2008 - Gulf News

Dubai International Film Festival celebrates five-year milestone
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) officially inaugurated its fifth season today, unveiling its milestone version of Dubai's favourite cultural event and one that is increasingly prominent on the world stage.
Date - Sun, November 23rd 2008 - AME Info

Cinema of the World brings Kaleidoscope of drama
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the stunning lineup of its Cinema of the World segment, which pairs heavy-hitting international stars like Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Vigo Mortenson, with independent gems from Iceland to Sri Lanka and everywhere in between.
Date - Sat, November 22nd 2008 - AME Info

Dubai Film connection set for another matchmaking season
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has unveiled the lineup of new projects it will nurture in this year's Dubai Film Connection (DFC), an invitation-only co-production market running from the 13 to 17 December with the mandate of bringing international film professionals into contact with Arab filmmakers.
Date - Sat, November 22nd 2008 - AME Info

George W. Bush to open DIFF 2008
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced that its Opening Night gala film will be W., the controversial biopic of George W. Bush by maverick Hollywood director Oliver Stone.
Date - Sat, November 22nd 2008 - AME Info

Animation at Dubai International Film Festival
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the establishment of an animation programming segment, showcasing the strange and wonderful alternate worlds created by the merging of cinema and graphic art.
Date - Sun, November 16th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival announces its lineup of films...
The Dubai International Film Festival today announced its lineup of films for the iconic 'Cultural Bridge' programming segment, which epitomizes the festival's credo 'Building Bridges, Meeting Minds.'
Date - Sat, November 15th 2008 - AME Info

Focus on Italy brings style and panache to Dubai International...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will focus on a country that has a long cinematic history, and where new talents continually push the boundaries of narrative and style: Italy.
Date - Sat, November 15th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival welcomes young cinema lovers
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced the lineup of the most recent international children's films that will delight young minds and welcome them to the festival experience.
Date - Wed, November 12th 2008 - AME Info

'Gulf Voices' waiting to be heard at Dubai International Film...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced its lineup of cinema from around the Gulf as part of the 'Gulf Voices', highlighting the best and brightest contributions by local and regional filmmakers, in line with the festival's mandate of promoting regional cinema to a worldwide audience.
Date - Sat, November 8th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival welcomes volunteers to landmark...
The Dubai International Film Festival today announced the dates for its annual volunteer recruitment drive, and welcomed cinema lovers to take advantage of the opportunity to meet like-minded people and be part of an important, glamorous and interesting international event.
Date - Thu, November 6th 2008 - AME Info

Dream weaver
When Craig Johnson moved to Dubai five years ago, he was the manager of a courier company. Today he is about to direct his first feature film. Madeleine Collins found out how.
Date - Wed, November 5th 2008 - Arabian Business

Dubai International Film Festival backed by top UAE firms
Leading UAE businesses and corporations have confirmed their continuing support for the Dubai International Film Festival which takes place from 11th-18th December.
Date - Wed, November 5th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival receives record submissions for...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has broken submission records with record numbers of excellent international films submitted for review, representing 111 countries.
Date - Wed, October 15th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai film market to facilitate content trade
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has launched a new initiative to raise the visibility of world cinema from Arab, Asian and African filmmakers while also giving regional film production and trade a boost. The new Dubai Film Market initiative will facilitate the trade of entertainment content between buyers and sellers.
Date - Sun, October 12th 2008 - Arabian Business

Dubai International Film Festival celebrates five years of success
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), under the honorary chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the executive leadership of Chairman Albdulhamid Juma, today announced additions to its programming structure.
Date - Mon, September 29th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival supports United Nations 'Interna...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)announced that the documentary feature film, The Day After Peace, has been chosen as part of the Rhythm and Reels line up for 2008.
Date - Sat, September 20th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival brings UAE to Toronto
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) held an exclusive reception at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) held from the 4-13 of September, that brought together film executives from the international community, introducing them to the various initiatives at DIFF that aim to increase the presence of emerging markets cinema on a global level.
Date - Tue, September 16th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival on the look out for over 200...
As the countdown for the fifth Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) begins, organizers are seeking a temporary workforce to assist with operations.
Date - Mon, September 8th 2008 - AME Info

Trade show will be 'major boost' for film makers
GCC filmmakers will be able to promote their work collectively in the Middle East for the first time during this yearís international film festival in Dubai with the launch of a major new initiative.
Date - Mon, September 1st 2008 - The National

Market idea set to boost Dubai film credentials
A new initiative to raise awareness of world cinema and stimulate film production and trade in Dubai has been launched.
Date - Mon, September 1st 2008 - Arabian Business

Dubai Film Festival to launch Dubai Film Market
Abdul Hamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), announced the launch of a new initiative†that may raise the visibility of world cinema, with an emphasis on regional, Arab, Asian and African filmmakers.
Date - Sun, August 31st 2008 - Xpress

Dubai International Film Festival announces the launch of Dubai...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced today the launch of the Dubai Film Market.
Date - Sun, August 31st 2008 - AME Info

Dubai official selected as jury member of Durban International...
Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of the Dubai International Film Festival, has been selected as a jury member in the upcoming Durban International Film Festival.
Date - Wed, July 23rd 2008 - Gulf News

DIFF joins 'Filming in the Middle East' panel at BAFTA
BAFTA last week celebrated the diversity, depth and reach of Arab cinema during the well received event 'Bafta Goes to the Arab World'.
Date - Tue, July 22nd 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival supports BAFTA in celebration...
In recognition of Arab cinema's contribution to World Cinema, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), in association with the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will celebrate Arab cinema with BAFTA GOES TO THE ARAB WORLD, a 4-day event to be held in London from Friday 11 to Monday 14 July.
Date - Tue, July 8th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai International Film Festival concludes successful presence...
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) concluded its participation at the 61st Cannes Film Festival with a series of successful events and networking opportunities that brought together global film players and industry representatives interested in doing business in the region and promote Dubai's emerging film talent to the world.
Date - Sun, June 1st 2008 - AME Info

DIFF impact at Cannes film festival
Organisers of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) concluded their participation at the 61st Cannes Film Festival with a series of successful events and networking opportunities that brought together global film players and industry representatives interested in doing business in the region and promote Dubaiís emerging film talent to the world.
Date - Sun, June 1st 2008 - Xpress

Films from Asia, Africa invited to compete for Muhr Awards
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is inviting submissions from Arab film makers for its successful film competition, the Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema, as well as from Asian and African film makers for the new Muhr AsiaAfrica Awards.
Date - Fri, May 23rd 2008 - Gulf News

Dubai International Film Festival awarded ISO 9001:2000 Quality...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2000 certification by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, an accredited third-party registrar of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Date - Tue, May 20th 2008 - AME Info

Dubai Film connection set to grow in its second run at the Dubai...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced dates for the second run of the Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the first feature and documentary film co-production market in the UAE, scheduled to take place on 13-17 of December 2008.
Date - Mon, May 19th 2008 - AME Info

Muhr Awards for film open for entries
As the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) gathers momentum for its landmark fifth edition this December, it is inviting submissions from Arab filmmakers to its successful film competition the Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema and from Asian and African filmmakers for its new Muhr AsiaAfrica Awards.
Date - Sun, May 18th 2008 - Xpress

Dubai Film Connection set for second run
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced dates for the second run of the Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the first feature and documentary film co-production market in the UAE, scheduled to take place on 13-17 of December 2008.
Date - Sun, May 18th 2008 - Xpress

Dubai International Film Festival open for submissions to Muhr...
As the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) gathers momentum for its landmark fifth edition this December, it is inviting submissions from Arab filmmakers to its successful film competition the Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema and from Asian and African filmmakers for its new Muhr AsiaAfrica Awards.
Date - Wed, May 14th 2008 - AME Info

Top award goes to Dubai Film Festival
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) won the 'Best Festival' award at this year's annual What's On Awards.
Date - Thu, April 17th 2008 - Gulf News

Dubai International Film Festival named 'Best Festival'
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) bagged the 'Best Festival' award at this year's annual What's On Awards.
Date - Wed, April 16th 2008 - AME Info

Making films in the UAE
There is undeniably a concerted effort to establish an international film industry in the Middle East: the recent US action thriller The Kingdom, featuring Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner, was shot partly in Abu Dhabi and the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) was attended by leading names including legendary Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and Paul Haggis.
Date - Sat, April 5th 2008 - Arabian Business

Dubai International Film Festival workshop series draws to a...
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the conclusion of the successful 'OneMinutesJr' video production workshop for youth in Cairo, bringing to a close its three-session partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Date - Mon, March 24th 2008 - AME Info

War stories
Digital Studio talks to two independent filmmakers in Lebanon about making films with digital cams in a war-torn land.
Date - Sat, March 15th 2008 - Arabian Business

Organisers confirm DIFF dates
Organisers have confirmed that this year's installment of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will staged from December 11 to 18.
Date - Sun, March 9th 2008 - Arabian Business

Animation to get prominence in fifth edition of Dubai Film festival
The fifth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will be held from December 11 to 18 this year.
Date - Sun, March 9th 2008 - Gulf News

Fifth Dubai International Film Festival dates announced
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the dates for its milestone fifth edition, to be held December 11 to 18, 2008.
Date - Sun, March 9th 2008 - AME Info

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