UAE at the Cannes Film Festival!
going to be a whole lot of Dubai at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, on from 15 May to 24 May this year! Dubai Film
and TV Commission (DFTC) will be making its Cannes debut this year, joining
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and Dubai Studio City in the UAE
DFTC, DIFF and Dubai Studio City will showcase the Dubai film
industry’s full offerings at Cannes, from premiere shooting locations to
cutting-edge production infrastructure and distribution.
DFTC, DIFF and Dubai Studio City will also be partnering with Abu Dhabi Film
Commission, Image Nation and twofour54 to meet with leading filmmakers and
production companies from around the world to promote the UAE’s offerings to
the film industry.
Plus, DFTC will be sponsoring Abdulla Al Kaabi, a young Emirati director who
won critical acclaim for his first award-winning short film The Philosopher,
at the fest.
Sharif, Chairman of the Dubai Film & TV Commission, said, “This year’s
Festival falls at an exciting time for Dubai’s 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.”
Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Department of Tourism and Commerce
Marketing added, “We are proud to see the tangible growth in Dubai’s film
industry and Dubai’s most comprehensive industry presence at this year’s Cannes
International Film Festival. Given that film and TV contribute to Dubai’s GDP
at a ratio of 2:1, film plays a vital role in establishing Dubai as a premier
global tourist destination.”