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

Lamiaa ElKholy
Lamiaa ElKholy
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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 elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a four-year term in August 2017.

The Academy is reaching out to regional movie makers to give MENA film producers and directors more global visibility, said director Nabil Ayouch.

In an exclusive statement to Al Arabiya Ayouch praised the Academey's efforts to recognize regional filmmaking saying that before Bailey was elected President of the AMPAS, being part of the border of governors, he changed the rules to give more and more visibility to films from small countries, or because they don’t have enough money to build strong marketing campaigns.

Ayouch added: “John was part of the people in Hollywood inside the academy awards who pushed to change the rules to give all the films and directors including those from the Arab world more opportunity to be seen and to be chosen to become one of the five Oscar worthy nominees.”

Dubai International Film Festival opened its doors with a star-studded opening Gala at the Madinat Jumeirah on December 6th.


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