The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the leading film festival in the Middle East for showcasing the best of Arab and international cinema, is now
accepting film submissions for its 12th edition, which will be held from December 9th– 16th 2015. DIFF presents new and exciting
cinema from the Arab world and beyond, introducing audiences to fresh new talent and original and distinctive filmmaking.
DIFF is accepting entries for its highly contested Muhr competition for feature fiction and non-fiction; and short films originating from the United Arab
Emirates and the Arab world which will compete for the prestigious Muhr Awards. The competition, which has been an integral part of the festival since
2006, will continue to nurture and reward exceptional Arab talent and cinema from the region.
The latest edition of DIFF also brings to its prestigious Muhr competition, a new section titled ‘Muhr Gulf Shorts’ for fiction and non-fiction shorts. The
new addition will provide an essential platform for Gulf filmmakers, in line with DIFF’s objectives of nurturing and recognizing regional talent. In
addition, films from the GCC will be screened in DIFF’s out-of-competition section ‘Arabian Nights’.
This year’s festival will also include initiatives within the Dubai Film Market (DFM) to nurture and support filmmakers from the region and further boost
the emerging industry in the local community and across the Gulf.
Narrative features, documentaries and short films directed by a filmmaker of Arab nationality or origin are all eligible for entry, and filmmakers have
until August 31st, 2015 to enter their films. Films must have been produced after September 2014.