DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma Scoops Top French Award

We’re cheering for the DIFF head honcho's Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters honour
Tuesday , 14 February 2012
DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma Scoops Top French Award
Abdulhamid Juma

Our
congratulations to Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film
Festival (DIFF) and the Gulf Film Festival, who has been honoured with the
‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ award (Chevalier de l'Ordre des
Arts et des Lettres) by the French Government.

The
award, which recognises his outstanding contribution to promoting cinema in the
region and promoting cultural diversity, is particularly special as it is rarely
presented to non-French nationals.

His Excellency Frederic
Mitterrand, French Minister of Culture and Communication, who presented the award, revealed why DIFF's top man was chosen for the honour:
"Under Abdulhamid Juma’s leadership, the Dubai International Film Festival
has become a festival renowned not only in the UAE and the Arab World, but also
all over the world. In addition, the Dubai Film Market has become a
"must-be place" to fund films in the Arab world; together, their
international acclaim attracts more and more French and international authors,
directors and producers every year.”

Juma said: “I am truly honoured to receive this distinction from the French
Government on behalf of the Dubai International Film Festival and the Gulf Film
Festival. It is a recognition of DIFF’s commitment to strengthening
intercultural dialogue, reflected in the festival’s central credo, ‘Bridging
Cultures, Meeting Minds.’”

He added: “France’s contribution to the world of cinema is unparalleled, from
its auteurs inspiring filmmakers over the ages to its continuing support of
emerging talents. Over the years, Arab cinema has benefited immensely from
French collaborations – both in terms of production and creative support.
French cinema has been a consistent and illuminating part of our programming
both at DIFF and the Gulf Film Festival, and we will continue to draw on its
richness and diversity.”

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