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Celebrating 10 years of DIFF

Per: Karen ATHWAL  

CINEMA This year, the Dubai International Film Festival returns for its 10th edition. As the city prepares to receive the various international figures from the film industry, we take a look at who will be in attendance this year and the screenings to look out for.

The annual celebration of the film industry, both locally and internationally, was created ten years ago to showcase the best of cinema across the ehind the movies and in the industry, as well as promoted the performing arts in Dubai. 

This year the festival will honour American actor Martin Sheen, a lifetime achievement award will go to Egyptian movie critic, Samir Farid, an award that is presented each year to honour professionals in the industry and the work they contribute to, this year also happens to be the first year a recognized film critic is receiving the award. 

Also, for the second year running, Academy Award winning Cate Blanchett will head the Jury of the festival alongside the Oscar nominated Irish director, Jim sheridan. Also in attendance; Zac Efron, Mark Ruffalo, Rooney Mara and Andy Serkis. According to the DIFF Chairman, Abdulhamid Juma, this year's festival received three times as many entries as last year's festival. The film's that will be running in the competition are 'A reverance of spiders' by Faiza Ambah, 'Siege' by Hussain Alirifaei, 'Dolphins' written by Bahraini author Ameen Saleh and directed by Waleed Al Shehhi, and lastly 'How I got there' written by Ahmed Salmeen and Zeyad Alhusaini. 

Not forgetting the charm of Indian cinema at the festival, a number of Bollywood stars and directors will be in attendance, including the likes of; Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Javed Jaffrey and Irrfan Khan. Yousra, Hassan Yousef and Ezzat Al Alaily will be representing Arab cinema at this year's fesival. 

Screenings will take place in four different locations around the city, The Mall of the Emirates Cinemas, The Madinat Jumeirah Theatre, and at the Burj Park. The festivals starts on Friday 6th December to Saturday 14th December, 2013.

Text Karen Athwal