Dubai International Film Festival

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF, Arabic: مهرجان دبي السينمائي الدولي) is the leading film festival in the Arab region. The 12th edition of DIFF took place from December 9 – 16, 2015. In 2018, the DIFF announced it will take place every two years, with the 15th edition confirmed for 2019.[1]

Dubai International Film Festival
مهرجان دبي السينمائي الدولي
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
AwardsMuhr Award


The DIFF is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by Dubai Entertainment & Media Organization.

Film programmeEdit

In 2014 DIFF screened a line-up of 118 feature films, shorts and documentaries from around the world including 55 world premieres and international premieres.

Opening the 2014 Festival was the Oscar nominated 'The Theory of Everything’, by Academy Award-winning director James Marsh and starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Dubai Film MarketEdit

As part of its ongoing commitment to stimulate regional film production and trade, DIFF established the Dubai Film Market (DFM) in 2007.


  1. ^ "Dubai International Film Festival takes a break, to return in 2019".