To provide the third edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) with further impetus and enhance the event’s synergy with film festivals in the Middle East and North Africa region, organizers have launched a series of regional roadshows in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, will meet with Ministers of Culture and festival directors of the Cairo, Carthage, Marrakesh and Rabat film festivals. The tour will conclude with Juma’s participation at the opening ceremony of the Carthage International Film Festival on 11 November, at the invitation of the festival’s head.
Commenting on the roadshow initiative, Abdulhamid Juma said: “The Dubai International Film Festival is extremely conscientious about coordinating with other leading Arab film festivals in the region as we uphold the same directives – that of promoting local and regional Arab cinematic productions on a level that is truly international.
“DIFF is constantly working to develop the film industry in the Arab world that conforms to global standards of excellence. We also aim to present the best of world cinema, particularly films that UAE cinema-goers might otherwise not have the chance to view.”
Juma added this year’s edition of DIFF will support the growth of the national cinema and provide talented Emirati filmmakers with a platform to showcase their talent to distinguished industry leaders through the Short-Film Script Competition.
DIFF 2005 showcased 98 films from 46 countries. With more than 100 celebrity guests, 440 filmmakers, and representatives from leading film festivals, distributors, sales agents, film institutes and production companies, industry participation reached a new high at the 2005 edition.
DIFF 2006 will run from 10-17 December.