Registration is now open for the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival.
Running from December 6-13, 2017, Festival attendees will receive blanket access to eight days of cinematic experiences from priority tickets for the line-up of local, regional and international premieres, red carpet galas to press conferences, forums, masterclasses, VR experiences and panel sessions as talent and industry elites descend on Madinat Jumeirah.
A step away from the red carpet, DIFF’s Dubai Film Market (DFM) gathers over 4,000 registered delegates from more than 60 countries to connect projects, create crucial partnerships and share best practice. Running parallel to the Festival, DFM’s packed schedule last year featured more than 75 speakers including Academy and four-time BAFTA winning director, writer and producer Asif Kapadia, actor Samuel L Jackson, Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux. Past editions have seen organisations at the forefront of film and TV including Netflix, STX, Filmnation and HBO engaging with the industry at the market.
The 2016 Festival also witnessed the introduction of a brand virtual reality (VR) programme, ‘DIFFerent REALITY’, designed to give festival-goers a window into the possibilities of virtual reality technology by viewing films in a whole new dimension. Housed at the du VR Cinema powered by Samsung, the initiative – a first in the region – will return for the 2017 Festival alongside the latest in film innovations including Augmented Reality (AR).
Shivani Pandya, DIFF managing director, said: “Every year we strive to ensure the festival provides an unforgettable experience introducing audiences to the broadest range of compelling, challenging and entertaining films from a generation of new exciting talent and acclaimed filmmakers from around the world. Beyond the silver screen, there is a wealth of knowledge, insight and creation housed within our Dubai Film Market, whatever segment of the media, film, TV industry you work in, the DFM is a great hub to network and connect with the local, regional and international thought leaders, decision makers and experts. We look forward to welcoming acclaimed directors, producers and actors from across the globe to share their journeys and inspire a growing and emerging talent pool in the region this December. There’s so much to be watched, experienced and explored and we encourage everyone to register early to make sure they are part of it.”
Students, media and industry professional planning to attend the DIFF this year are urged to register early at www.diff.ae