Dubai International Film Festival

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Dubai International Film Festival
مهرجان دبي السينمائي الدولي
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Founded 2004
Language Arabic

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (Arabic: مهرجان دبي السينمائي الدولي‎) is an annual film festival held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Each year DIFF presents new cinema from the Arab world, Asia, Africa and beyond. The 11th edition was held from December 10 to 17, 2014.[1][dated info]


The DIFF is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by Dubai Entertainment & Media Organization.

Launched in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the oldest film festival in the Gulf region.

Film programme[edit]

In 2014 DIFF screened a line-up of 118 feature films, shorts and documentaries from around the world including 55 world premieres and international premieres.

Opening the 2014 Festival was the Oscar nominated 'The Theory of Everything’, by Academy Award winning director James Marsh and starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones

Muhr Awards[edit]

Since 2006, the Muhr Awards have honoured more than 190 Emirati, Arab, Asian and African film-makers and talent.

People's Choice Award[edit]

The festival's People's Choice Award honors the best film, as adjudicated by the audiences.

Variety International Star of the Year[edit]

Since 2009, Variety has presented its ‘International Star of the Year’ award at DIFF.

Dubai Film Market: "From Script to Screen"[edit]

The Dubai Film Market is the business centre of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).


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