Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) will join Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and Dubai Studio City in the UAE Pavilion at Cannes International Film Festival, which runs from the May 15 to 26. DFTC, DIFF and Dubai Studio City will showcase Dubai film industrys full offerings at Cannes, be it premier shooting locations, or […]
Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) will join Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and Dubai Studio City in the UAE Pavilion at Cannes International Film Festival, which runs from the May 15 to 26.
DFTC, DIFF and Dubai Studio City will showcase Dubai film industrys full offerings at Cannes, be it premier shooting locations, or cutting-edge production infrastructure, and cinematic distribution.
In line with Dubai Film & TV Commissions vision to support and provide greater exposure to home-grown talent within the international film scene, this year, DFTC will sponsor Abdulla Al Kaabi, a young Emirati Director who won critical acclaim for his first award-winning short film – The Philosopher.
Since last years Cannes International Film Festival, the Dubai film industry has witnessed a ground-breaking year that includes the launch of the Dubai Film and TV Commission, the completion of the regions most advanced sound stages at Dubai Studio City and the largest and most successful Dubai International Film Festival to date.
This year, the UAEs key film establishments from Dubai and Abu Dhabi will jointly exhibit at the UAE pavilion during Cannes. DFTC, DIFF and Dubai Studio City are thrilled to partner with Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Image Nation and twofour54 to affirm the UAEs position as a global centre for film production, financing and distribution. The teams will meet with leading filmmakers and production companies from around to the world to promote the UAEs diverse offerings to the film industry.
Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of the Dubai Film & TV Commission, commented on the occasion: Cannes International Film Festival is an excellent platform to promote Dubais burgeoning and rich film industry to an important global audience. This years Festival falls at an exciting time for Dubais film Industry, which has already seen the production of a number of significant projects in 2013 – with more to be announced shortly – as well as the completion of two brand new sound stages at Dubai Studio City due to be open this fall. This maturation of Dubais film industry strengthens its position as a leading media hub and sets the tone for an exciting ten days of discussions to be held during the Festival.
Jamal Al Sharif, added: Our attendance at this years Cannes International Film Festival alongside DIFF and Dubai Studio City plays an important role in supporting Dubais 2015 Strategic Plan, as the film and TV industry has a high multiplier effect on the macro economy, impacting, among others, the tourism, transportation, financial services and construction sectors and, ultimately, contributing to an increase in the overall GDP of the Emirate.
His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing also commented on the occasion: We are proud to see the tangible growth in Dubais film industry and Dubais most comprehensive industry presence at this years Cannes International Film Festival. Given that film and TV contribute to Dubais GDP at a ratio of 2:1, film plays a vital role in establishing Dubai as a premier global tourist destination.