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 ...

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 ...

‘One Day in the Haram’ film features captivating views of holy Kaaba

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Capturing the holiest of Muslim places through the eyes of workers, is the idea behind director Abrar Hussain’s film about Kaaba (Haram in Mecca). For the first time in history, the holy Kaaba is filmed over a one day period. “One Day in the Haram” is packed with never before seen footage as director Abrar Hussain spent over a year researching to bring a captivating vision of the Haram. Director Abrar Hussain is a British filmmaker, writer and producer. He was raised in London, ...

Exclusive interview: Academy president talks the art of cinematography at DIFF

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Dubai International Film Festival hosted on Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars) President John Bailey. Bailey was interviewed by French-Moroccan television and film director Nabil Ayouch, Razzia (2017). The session browsed the art of cinematography tracing filming techniques in top awarded movies. The Academy’s President is an American cinematographer and film director known for his movies China Moon, As Good as It Gets, He's Just Not That into You. Bailey was ...

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 ...

Strong Saudi female presence at Dubai International Film Festival

Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Dubai International Film Festival is less than two weeks away and will be featuring around 140 international films. The twelfth edition is also featuring a strong Saudi female presence. Among the featured Saudi women filmmakers, directors and producers are Haifaa al-Mansour, Hend al-Fahhad, Deyaa Yousef, Hanaa Saleh Alfassi and Hajar al-Naim. Film director Mansour will be sharing a movie on the life of British author Mary Shelley and her romantic relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley ...

Top 10 flicks you can’t miss at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) gets underway on Wednesday

Omar Sharif’s last film to premiere at DIFF

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Sharif came out of retirement to star in ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham,’ a short film by Ahmed Salim

Palestinian film ‘Omar’ grabs awards at Dubai film festival

Saturday, 14 December 2013

The film won Best film part of the best Arabic Feature category

One night only: charity event in Dubai raises $1 mln for Syria children

Friday, 13 December 2013

International stars Mark Ruffalo, Rooney Mara and Naomie Harris led the red carpet walk of the “One Night to Change Lives” charity event in Dubai

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