Final day at DIFF recognizes excellence in regional filmmaking

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Eight days of DIFF’s trademark silver-screen magic closed today with an epic Closing Night Gala, marking the close of the 14th edition of the Festival. DIFF took over the city between 6 – 13 December. 140 films from globally acclaimed filmmakers and regional talent screened, boosting unparalleled industry networking opportunities and insights from the best in the business today. DIFF’s Closing Night Gala saw the most recent adventure from a galaxy far, far away, ‘Star ...

VIDEO: Saudi women directors excited about cinema coming to the kingdom

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Saudi women film directors expressed their excitement over the announcement that cinema is finally coming to Saudi Arabia. Saudi women filmmakers Hajar al-Naim and Hanaa Saleh al-Fassi spoke to Al Arabiya at Dubai International Film Festival about how the decision reflects the new open-to-the-world approach Saudi Arabia is embracing. “We are changing because we are open to other cultures and perspectives,” said al-Naim. The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information stated, on Monday, ...

Exclusive interview with director of ‘One Day in the Haram,’ Abrar Hussain

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

British director Abrar Hussain came up with a unique scope to film Kaaba, the muslim holy haram in Saudi Arabia, in his project ‘One Day in the Haram’. Hussain spoke to Al Arabiya at Dubai International Film Festival this week about the process of filming and the cooperation he received from Saudi authorities as well as his own upcoming projects. It took the production team almost two years to wrap up the film between getting approvals filming and editing. The film generated a lot of ...

Dubai International Film Festival opens 14th edition with a star-studded Gala

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Dubai International Film Festival opened its doors with a star-studded opening Gala at the Madinat Jumeirah on December 6th. The 14th edition was honored by the presence of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Red Carpet was abuzz with talent and entertainment as legends of the big and small screen as local, regional and international talent graced the red carpet on the inaugural night of the eight-day festival. Sir Patrick Stewart, Cate Blanchett, Irrfan Khan, Olga ...

Short films shine light on everyday life in Dubai

Sunday, 14 December 2014

'We are reflecting our neighborhood escapades – what life is really like in our homes,' Fadel al-Mheiri says

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