8th Dubai International Film Festival unveils 171 films from 56 nations, combining substance, star power, and industry offerings
46 world premieres, 25 international premieres and 78 Middle East premieres.
Award-winning films and A-list talent from the Americas, Europe, Asia Africa and the Arab world.
89 films vie for prestigious Muhr Awards with total prize money of over US$600,000.
The Festival, which runs December 7 to 14, spans feature, documentary and short films, including numerous new premieres including 46 world premieres, 25 international premieres, 78 Middle East premieres and seven GCC premieres. The films, made in more than 32 languages from Cantonese to Catalan, populate DIFF’s three Arab, Asia, Africa and Emirati competitions and its popular out-of-competition segments dedicated to children’s, Indian and world cinema among others.
The DIFF 2011 selection also headlines a robust showing of contemporary Arab cinema, with more than 70 biopics, comedies, dramas and love stories from the Arabian Peninsula, Levant and North Africa. More than half of these – 37 – are making their global debuts in Dubai; an additional nine are international premieres
The Dubai International Film Festival is presented by the Investment Corporation of Dubai and held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, home to the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The Festival is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. For more and updated information about DIFF, please visit www.dubaifilmfest.com
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