From December 9 to 16, 2015, at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the film festival's 11th edition will see a myriad of filmmakers, actors, industry professionals and new films from across the globe  descending on the UAE city for eight days of pioneering cinema.

DIFF announces its dates for 2015

Emily Blunt at the 2014 edition of DIFF

Abdulhamid Juma, chairman of DIFF, said: "Firmly etched into the UAE's calendar since its inception in 2004, DIFF has become an event that brings the community together to enjoy the best films from around the world, share knowledge and celebrate up-and-coming talent. Arab cinema has made great strides over the past decade, with more and more films reaching audiences both at home and abroad, and we are proud to say that DIFF has been a crucial part of this growth. As we look towards our 12th year, we are more excited than ever to share these incredible achievements with audiences from the UAE and beyond."

DIFF announces its dates for 2015

For DIFF's 2014 edition, Madinat Jumeirah was host to some of the most acclaimed films of the year, including The Theory of Everything, Birdman and The Imitation Game