DIFF celebrates successful decennial and announces 2014 dates
11 edition will run from December 10-17
Since its inauguration in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has grown in leaps in bounds, with 2013 proving to be its most successful year yet with an increased attendance of 150% since its inception.
This year, DIFF has announced the 11 edition of the film festival will be held from December 10-17.
For its 10 anniversary in 2013, the festival opened with Omar, a film created by Palestinian Hany Abu-Assad, and which is up for an Oscar at this year's academy awards.
The festival featured an impressive film line-up with a total of 36 Oscar nominations, which is widely considered to be its strongest programme to date. Amongst the high-profile movies screened were 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, The Great Beauty, Nebraska, The Past, Frozen, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Ilo Ilo and Inside Llewyn Davis.
David O Russell, director of American Hustle, which featured as DIFF's closing night film and has been nominated for 10 Oscars, revealed about Dubai: "It's a very exciting place that feels like it's going to get bigger and bigger. I've never been here before and it feels like what I would call a temple of cinema, where cinema is made special and it's a real privilege to be here."
During the festival, a charity event 'One Night to Change Lives' held in aid of Dubai Cares to support the crisis in Syria, raised over $ 1 million USD.