A picture for success

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was established in 2004 by Executive Decree.  Part of the Dubai Development Authority, DIFF is a platform for Arab film-makers and talent, showcasing the region’s emerging cinema movement.


Dubai International Film Festival – the festival – whose motto is ‘bridging cultures, meeting minds’ – has grown substantially. The first edition featured 76 films, attended by 13,000 people. Last year, more than 50,000 attendees enjoyed 118 features, film shorts and documentaries – including 55 world and international premieres, from 48 countries in 34 languages. It is now recognised as one of the top 10 film festivals in the world – a cultural event equal to the best in the US, Europe or Asia.

Over the past 11 years, the Dubai International Film Festival has developed a thriving film culture within the region, provided greater opportunities for regional film-makers and offered an invaluable cultural benefit to the people of Dubai and the UAE. It also makes a notable contribution to the Dubai economy.

The festival attracts international media coverage – guaranteeing worldwide exposure. The festival featured in Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the New York Times and the Financial Times. TV coverage included the BBC, Entertainment Tonight, Sky, MBC and CCTV6. The festival also offers an unmatched entry point into the Arab world, both in terms of accessing its talent and its markets, and in understanding its people. The festival also offers an unmatched entry point into the Arab world, both in terms of accessing its talent and its markets, and in understanding its people.

public film screenings to showcase

global cinema

The Dubai International Film Festival brings together people from all walks of life to appreciate the best of cinema. During the festival, we stage free public film screenings at the Beach JBR to showcase global cinema to UAE fans and to thank the public for their support. Paid screening is available at Madinat Arena, VOX and the Souk . Ticket packages are now on sale here.

During the rest of the year, we support events to bring insightful and thought-provoking cinema experiences to the community.

Our DIFF Young Journalist award enables media students from various universities to cover the festival under a mentor’s supervision, with the best pieces featured in Gulf News and the winner receiving an internship with Gulf News. Our schools outreach programme welcomes groups from across Dubai, to experience films that they have never seen before and to gain a window on world cinema.




Dubai Film Market
A unique platform for Arab cinema

Established in 2007, the Dubai Film Market is the festival’s business and trade hub, and the destination for the sales and acquisitions of Arab films and TV content. The Market comprises a range of initiatives, services and partnerships that connect Arab and international film industry professionals, with a view to facilitating business collaborations. It is now considered the world’s leading industry stage for Arab cinema and a unique platform that contributes to shaping and developing the Emirati film industry.

International Film Awards
Muhr and the IWC Filmmaker awards

The Muhr Awards, launched in 2006, are now recognised as the definitive platform for Arab film, as they nurture and reward film-making excellence in the Arab world. The competition has helped raise the profile of winners on the international stage, drawing attention to cinema from the region. These awards are fundamental to ensuring ambitious and talented Gulf film-makers have the opportunity and resources they need to develop high quality, creatively driven projects and ensure the future success of film in the GCC.

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