The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced that founding sponsors Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai have once again come together to reaffirm their support for the DIFF.
Now in its second decade, DIFF is a globally recognized event celebrating filmmakers from around the world and showcasing the year’s strongest offerings in film from big budget Hollywood films, a diverse selection of Arab cinema, independent films and frontrunners for the coming awards season.
Running from December 9-16th, the annual festival is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Commenting on the continued support for the Festival and culture in the region, Chairman of The Dubai International Film Festival, Abdulhamid Juma, said: “Our Principal sponsors Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah have been with us since the beginning. There unwavering critical support has enabled us to enhance the Festival experience for filmmakers, the community and the industry. We are delighted to have the renewed support of these industry leaders so committed to developing Arab talent and delivering a world-class, entertaining, educational and cultural event for the city to be proud of.”
Reaffirming Dubai Duty Frees commitment to DIFF and its impact on the region, Colm McLoughlin – Executive Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, stated: “It is to the credit of the Chairman and his team at DIFF that this festival continues to attract such a high caliber of international and regional films, many of which have gone on to win several awards. DIFF has helped position Dubai as a leading centre for culture and excellence and I am delighted that Dubai Duty Free, through our sponsorship, continues to be part of that success story.”
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla – Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Centre, said: “Emirates has been supporting the Dubai International Film Festival from the beginning and we are honored to be one of its main partners. Supporting the broader film community helps us connect with our customers and their passions through the universal appeal of cinema. Emirates plays a leading role in supporting the growth and development of Dubai and DIFF offers us yet another platform to support the growth of its arts and creative industries.”
Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai and the official home of DIFF, is now synonymous with the Festival. Mr. Gerald Lawless – President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Group commented: “The Dubai International Film Festival is one of the major events in the social calendar of the United Arab Emirates and, of course, of Dubai. It has now been running for 12 years and we have seen some of the greatest stars of cinema coming here year after year. What always stays in my mind is the fact that DIFF joins together cinemas from around the world: Arab, Indian, European, British and, of course, Hollywood. It is typical of Dubai and what it represents as an international hub for all nationalities.”
DIFF is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the Festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will take place from December 9-16, 2015.