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Dubai, 14 December 2016: After eight enthralling days in celebration of all things cinema, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has closed its curtains on a 13th edition which welcomed internationally acclaimed filmmakers, actors, celebrities and festivalgoers from across the globe and continued to raise the profile of the regional film industry on an international stage. Running from December 7th, the region’s leading film festival hosted a diverse selection of galas, special presentations, live performances, red carpet events and informative industry sessions making the Festival’s 13th year was an unforgettable experience for all.
Committed to fostering the growth of the local and international film industry, DIFF also distributed a range of awards to a selection of talented individuals in recognition of their exceptional efforts in supporting the Festival. Viraj Asher from Manipal University was presented with the Young Journalist Award for his tireless work reporting from the Festival with the support of the region’s leading media outlet, Gulf News. The Emirates NBD People’s Choice Award, presented by Lubna Qassim, Group Chief General Consel and Company Secretary, was awarded to Michel Boujenah for his outstanding film ‘Heartstrings’, as judged by DIFF’s diverse audiences, and Darin Sallam stole the spotlight by winning the Ministry of Interior Award, along with the prize of USD 100,000, for ‘Best Societal Screenplay’, and was presented the award by Major Dana Humaid, Director – Project Management and Shared Services Office and Acting Director – Child Protection Center.
The dates for next year’s Festival, which will mark DIFF’s landmark 14th edition, have been confirmed as 6th – 13th December. The Festival will take place at Madinat Jumeriah, the home of DIFF.
Since being established in 2004, DIFF has grown to become an influential platform for the region’s most talented artists to showcase their films. As part of this, the Dubai Film Market was conceived to provide production and post-production funding and support for budding directors in the region.