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Dubai makes its presence at Cannes

Filed on May 16, 2013

Local film industry out in force at Cannes Film Festival

THE UAE FILM community is expected to make a big splash at the world’s most prestigious festival as industry professionals from across the country join together to further the country’s global big-screen presence.

The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) has announced that it will exhibit for the first time at the Cannes International Film Festival, which launched yesterday and will run until May 26. In a complete representation of the Dubai film industry, DFTC will join Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and Dubai Studio City in the UAE Pavilion. The move comes at a time when the local film industry has been keen on promoting its growth here as well as attracting outside directors to shoot their films locally.

The Cannes International Film Festival is one of the most renowned and publicised film festivals in the world, bringing together the biggest names in entertainment as well as playing host to the swankiest parties. Year after year, it successfully encourages the development of the art of filmmaking in all its forms, while fostering and maintaining a spirit of collaboration among filmmaking countries. As such, DFTC, DIFF and Dubai Studio City will showcase Dubai’s film industry’s full offerings at Cannes, from premier shooting locations, to cutting-edge production infrastructure, to cinematic distribution.

In line with Dubai Film & TV Commission’s vision to support and provide greater exposure to home-grown Dubai talent within the international film scene, this year, DFTC is sponsoring Abdulla Al Kaabi, a young Emirati Director who won critical acclaim for his first award-winning short film - The Philosopher. Al Kaabi has been a rising star in the UAE film community and continues to garner buzz with his projects.

Since last year’s Cannes festival, the Dubai film industry has witnessed a ground-breaking year that includes the launch of the Dubai Film and TV Commission as well as the largest and most successful Dubai International Film Festival to date.

This year, UAE’s key film establishments from Dubai and Abu Dhabi will jointly exhibit at the UAE Pavilion during Cannes. The teams will meet with leading filmmakers and production companies from around to the world to promote the UAE’s 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 Dubai’s burgeoning and rich film industry to an important global audience. 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.”


 
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