Dubai International Film Festival director and CEO Neil Stephenson is leaving his position at the event to "pursue other endeavors," in the words of an announcement. Shivani Pandya, managing director of DIFF is on board for her fourth year at the event, reporting to
Abdulhamid Juma, deputy director general of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority and chairman of DIFF. He will again lead International artistic director Simon Field and Arabic programming artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali. The 4th annual edition of the festival is set for December 9 - 16, 2007.