Following the success of the 9th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), which boasted an impressive 35 per cent increase in public admissions resulting in the highest ever audience turn-out of over 52,000 film goers enjoying the 158 strong film programme DIFF announced the 10th anniversary will run from December 6th through to the 14th, 2013.
The 9th Edition, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, hosted over 1700 Industry delegates and over 1300 Media from 90 countries all flocking to Dubai for one of the most diverse and impressive programmes to date.
Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF Chairman, said: “DIFF’s ninth edition delivered a true spectacle of cinematic multiplicity and a showcase of unbridled talent, achieving our goal of increasing awareness of Arab cinema both at home and abroad, while simultaneously developing regional talent to ensure its sustained future. It is thrilling to see our industry initiatives and awards assisting the creation of the filmmakers of the future and the thriving Arab film industry making a true impact on the international festival circuit.“
High-profile international filmmakers and actors graced the red carpet over the 8 days. Setting a high bar for the year ahead, DIFF 2012 opened in unforgettable style with the Middle East premiere of Life of Pi, attended by the film’s cast. Celebrity guests throughout the Festival included Academy Award winners Cate Blanchett, Kevin Spacey and Colin Firth, Livia Firth, Frieda Pinto, Rooney Mara, Kirsten Davis and Amr Waked.