The celebrity special guest at Dubai International Film Festival will be Samuel L Jackson.
Following a long list of Hollywood A-Listers to appear at the leading celebration of cinema in the region, the Pulp Fiction legend will play a key role in numerous facets of the festival. He will also be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal and Martin Sheen are three of the most recent stars to have taken up a similar role. Shah Rukh Khan, Eva Longoria, Melanie Griffith, Dev Patel, Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Michael B. Jordan have also attended in the past few years.
One of the city’s most star-studded events, the eight-day festival celebrates local and international productions, and will this year feature a record 153 movies, shorts and documentaries from more than 60 countries in more than 40 languages.
The festival is growing in international stature and this year will see stars like Andie MacDowell, Luke Hemsworth, Bill Nighy, Will Poulter and Asif Kapadia on the red carpet at the festivals main venue, Madinat Jumeirah.
The film festival screens uncensored films, many of which may not get a general release so this is a rare treat for fans of independent cinema.
Kick-starting the week-long celebration of film is Miss Sloane with Jessica Chastain, a hotly-anticipated look at the life of a political lobbyist. It closes with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, screening one day before it's worldwide release.
Following a successful launch last year, there will be free screenings throughout the festival at The Beach, JBR.
For more information, visit www.dubaifilmfest.com and check our next week's issue of Time Out Dubai.
Trailer for Samuel L Jackson's latest film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children:
10 of the best for DIFF 2016
King of the Belgians
An absurd mockumentary following a Belgian king who gets hopelessly stuck in Turkey whilst the southern half of Belgium declares independence.
Voyage Of Time
Terrence Malick takes audiences on an up-close voyage through nature and time, narrated by actress Cate Blanchett and produced by Brad Pitt.
Hard-hitting drama set in Portugal at the peak of the country's financial ruin.
I, Daniel Blake
Acclaimed British director Ken Loach casts a critical eye on the British social system with his powerful drama, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year.
La La Land
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is a modern Hollywood romance honouring the history of American musicals.
Amy Adams and Gyllenhaal star in the haunting romantic thriller from American director Tom Ford.
A Monster Calls
An all-star cast of Lewis Macdougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson take a journey of courage, faith and truth.
20th Century Women
American director Mike Mills explores his own history and the cultural movements of the late 1970s with Greta Gerwig, Annette Benning, Elle Fanning and Billy Crudup.
A Brit of a special line-up with Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and Sam Claflin in a Danish-directed romantic comedy set during the Blitz in London.
Baltasar Kormákur follows up 'Everest’ with a psychological thriller about a well-respected surgeon struggling to save his daughter from a world of drugs and crime.
The Birth Of A Nation
Nate Parker's moving period drama about an educated slave who uses his position as a preacher to lead his people to rebellion.