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    Dubai International Film Fest Day 1: 'Bekas' & 'Life of Pi' Gala

    The breakfast buffet at the Beachcomber restaurant just past the more impressive of the two impressive swimming pools of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is overwhelming. My judgment collapses in the face of its multiple offerings -- Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, western. Somehow I find myself consuming excel...

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    ICE ICE Baby! En Route to the 9th Dubai International Film Festival

    It might make sense to try to sleep as much as possible during the 16-hour direct flight from San Francisco to Dubai via Emirates. Especially since one hadn’t slept much the night before, and had dutifully arrived at the check-in counter three hours before departure time, as instructed on one’s e-t...

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    Women to Watch: Halima Ouardiri

    I met the young producer/ writer/ director Halima Ouardiri at TIFF 12 through their mentoring program. Born of a Swiss mother and a Moroccan father in 1977 in Geneva where she spent her childhood and adolescence experiencing various activities such as dressage of horses and close protection of Saudi...

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    Blanchett Heads Dubai Fest Filmmaker Award Jury; Awards $100K to Arabian Peninsula Filmmaker Projects

    Cate Blanchett will head the jury for the IWC Shaffhausen International Filmmaker Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (December 9-16). The shortlist for the award includes four feature-length projects from established or up-and-coming filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, ...

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    Dubai Film Market December 9-16, 2012

    The Dubai Film Market is the business centre of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). It is the leading industry platform in the world dedicated to Arab cinema providing unprecedented insights to the region’s trends and access to the Middle East’s leading industry personalities. In 2011, the...

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    Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dubai International Film Festival Team to Highlight Arab Filmmaking

    Film Society of Lincoln Center is partnering with the Dubai International Film Festival to create the DIFF Focus program that will concentrate on Arab filmmakers. It'scomprised of 10 features, short-film selections, Q&As and panels and will run August 24-30.

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    Dubai International Festival Announces Award Winners and "Habibi" is Tops

    After hosting the world premiere of the new "Mission Impossible" movie as well as a wide variety of films from Africa, Asia and the Arab world, the Dubai International Film Festival ended today with a closing ceremony that announced Palestinian film "Habibi Rasak Kharban" by...

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    Dubai Film Festival: A Gilded Event Spotlighting the Good, the Mediocre and the Fundamentalist

    After about 24 hours in Dubai attending the 7th annual Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), I realized that the trip was going to redefine three words, minimum: Surreal, contradiction and ironic. At that was before I'd seen a film.

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    41 World Premieres Set for 7th Dubai International Film Festival

    The upcoming seventh edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), that runs from December 12 - 19, promises to be the biggest one yet with a total of 41 films making their world premieres, out of the 157 film lineup - representing a 30 percent growth from last year. In addition, 70 of th...

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    Dubai to Honor Sean Penn with Lifetime Achievement Award

    Sean Penn has been chosen as the Western honoree for the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The Academy Award-winning actor will be presented with the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival's opening ceremony on December 12.

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