Date: Wed, 10th – 17th Dec 2014
Duration: 8 days
Category: Arts / Culture / Theatre, Community, Live Entertainment
Admission: Ticket info available online from the link below
Dubai International Film Festival has commenced with a packed schedule, glamorous gala dinners and post-premiere parties are reserved each day.
DIFF 2014 is one of the most prestigious and fashionable events on the Dubai events calendar.
Emirati, regional and international stars walked the red carpet on Wednesday (10th Dec 2014) night, the 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) opened at Madinat Arena.
The festival’s Muhr Awards jury head, US director Lee Daniels, along with his jurors, Lebanese actress-director Nadine Labaki and US actress Virginia Madsen, watched the festival’s opening film, the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. The jury members said that they were excited to see films from this part of the world.
The opening ceremony was compered by Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja and animator Mohammad Saeed Harib.
Emirati director Ali Mustafa will screen his second feature, From A to B, in an exclusive union between the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which sponsored the film. City of Life, his first film was backed by Diff and premiered there in 2009.
Indian singer legend Asha Bhosle, 81, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony before the film. Asha Bhosle, has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films in a career spanning seven decades. She said that she was happy to be in Dubai. Another Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Egyptian actor Nour Al Sharif. The 68-year-old is an Egyptian television and cinema star from the mid-’60s.
In coming eight days, 118 films will be screened, including 55 world premieres in 34 languages.
IWC Filmmaker Award jury head Emily Blunt spoke only to fans, the British actress is expected to speak at the awards gala on Thursday night. She will announce one of three GCC filmmakers — Saeed Salmeen Al Murry, Ahd Kamel or Abdullah Boushahri — as the recipient of a fund for a project in development.
Films during the festival are screened at Vox Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates and at the Madinat Theatre in Madinat Jumeirah. Red carpet galas and screenings are held at the Madinat Arena.
DIFF is a gathering of filmmakers from the Arab world, along with famous names from International motion pictures. The festival attracts film enthusiasts from all over the world to Dubai.
To know more about the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) visit http://www.dubaifilmfest.com/.
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