Dubai International Film Festival confirms no 2018 event

Celebrated annual movie festival will host next event in 2019

After 14 editions, the annual Dubai International Film Festival has announced there will be no event in 2018. Ending weeks of speculation on the global film circuit, the emirate’s celebration of all things cinema has revealed it will become a biannual event, with the next to be held in 2019. In its 14-year history, DIFF has hosted almost 2,000 screenings, including 500 films from the Arab region, and supported more than 200 talented Arab filmmakers through its Muhr Awards.

In a formal announcement, DIFF explained it would be “adopting a new strategy”, designed to “support the growth and evolution of the film and content industries in the region”.

Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission said: “With the vast changes taking place both in the regional and global movie-making and content industries, we are seeking to redefine the Dubai International Film Festival’s approach to nurturing growth, creativity and talent. Innovative new approaches and technologies are transforming the distribution of content and the craft of movie-making.

“As a forward-thinking player in the global film industry, DIFF seeks to embrace the future of the industry through this strategic shift.

“The festival will continue its significant contribution to the industry, as we look forward to celebrating with the public, film-lovers and industry professionals in 2019. We will announce the final dates, details and the new programme as soon as it is confirmed.

We can’t wait to hear more.

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