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Dubai International Film Festival

Международный кинофестиваль в Дубае.

About

Since its inception, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. Independent and established talents from Asian and African countries with a burgeoning cinema culture are also given prominent standing in the festival’s programme and competition.

Through its events, workshops, seminars and principal mandate of presenting the finest selection of cinema from all over the world it has become the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. DIFF is a frontrunner in promoting better cultural understanding through creative achievements in film.

DIFF’s heavily contested competition for feature fiction and non-fiction; and short films originating from the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world will compete for the prestigious Muhr Awards.

  • Muhr Feature (Non-Fiction and Fiction),
  • Muhr Shorts (Non-Fiction and Fiction),
  • Muhr Gulf Short (Non-Fiction and Fiction).

Awards

MUHR FEATURE AWARDS

  • Best Muhr Fiction Feature - AED 200,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.
  • Best Muhr non-Fiction Feature - AED 100,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.
  • Special Jury Prize Muhr Feature (Non-Fiction or Fiction) - AED 50,000. The prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film
  • Best Director - AED 20,000
  • Best Actor - AED 10,000
  • Best Actress - AED 10,000

MUHR SHORT AWARDS

  • Best Muhr Short – AED 50,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film, and the winner will automatically qualify for consideration for the 2016 Academy Awards (The Oscars).
  • Special Jury Prize: Muhr Short - AED 25,000, the prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.

MUHR GULF SHORT AWARDS

  • Best Muhr Gulf Short - – AED 50,000 where the cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.
  • Special Jury Prize: Muhr Gulf Short - AED 25,000. The prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.
  • Best Emirati Director – AED 15,000

Rules

Films must have been produced after September 1, 2014.

DIFF’s heavily contested competition for feature fiction and non-fiction; and short films originating from the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world will compete for the prestigious Muhr Awards (Arab Nationality or Origin shall mean people from one or more of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen).

Films must not have been broadcasted and/or made available on television, the internet, mobile phones and/or any other public viewing platform now known or thereafter devised before and until the end of the festival, and must not have been screened in the Gulf region for any audiences before DIFF. With exceptions for films that have participated in the Gulf Film Festival.  

Films that have been submitted to earlier editions of DIFF will not be considered unless substantive changes can be shown since initial submission.

Feature films must be works of fiction that equal or exceed 60 minutes in length.

Short films must be works of fiction that don't exceed 59 minutes in length.

Each of the competitive sections requires films to be directed by filmmakers of certain nationality or origin as defined in the appendices attached to the Regulations.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • complete the online submission form;
  • after comleting the form send a DVD or screening private link of the film along with any other additional material available. The cover of the DVD must be labelled with the Online Submission ID# and Work-in-progress mention if applicable. All submissions should be sent directly to the festival's address with “For cultural use only” and “Without commercial value” clearly marked on the envelope.

Additional Information

The submitter covers all shipping costs of the submitted material. It is recommended to use a courier for shipping submissions. 

The submitted material will not be returned and might be kept for internal use of the festival.

The final selection will be announced by the end of November 2014.

Once a film is selected, the submitter will not be able to withdraw nor change the Premiere status of the film at any given time before it is screened at DIFF.

Shipping costs of the screening print to and from the festival premises will be incurred by DIFF.

Prints of all selected films will be insured throughout the period in which they are in the festival’s custody and until they are shipped back to the submitter. In the case of loss or damage during this period, only value of the print will be replaced.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Documents

Place

United Arab Emirates
Dubai

Official website

dubaifilmfest.com

Contacts

Address:

Dubai International Film Festival
Dubai Media City, CNN Building
1st floor - Management Office
P.O. Box 502600
Dubai, 502600
United Arab Emirates
Attention: Submissions Manager
RE: [film name], [online submission ID #]

Phone: +97144335259

Fax: +97143672892

Email: diffsubmissions@filmfest.ae

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  • Deadline
    August 31, 2015
  • Event dates
    7 — 14 December 2016
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