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DIFF strengthens ties with Venice Film Fest

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Published: Wed 28 Aug 2013, 8:57 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:10 AM

Dubai and Venice are building some serious bridges this week at one of the world’s most glamourous film festival’s.

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) team is heading to the 70th Venice Film Festival - running from today until September 7 - to further promote and support Arab film and talent to the world.

The prestigious festival is a crucial opportunity for Arab filmmakers to showcase their work on an international stage.

Following a successful first year, DIFF will work in association with the Venice Biennale on the ‘Biennale College – Cinema’ in Venice to strengthen relations to ensure there are opportunities for an exciting initiative to support teams of directors and producers to make their first or second micro-budget audio-visual work.

The collaboration with the Venice Film Market continues this year and will see ten films that screened at DIFF last year to significant acclaim presented at the Venice Film Market through the Digital Video Library which allows the filmmakers to have their films made available to, distributors, buyers, sellers, agents and film promotion agencies from around the world.

The films that will be showcased include Blind Intersections directed by Lara Saba; It’s About To Rain directed by Haider Rashid; Infiltrators directed by Khaled Jarrar; The Turtle’s Rage directed by Pary El-Qalqili, Line Of Sight directed by Aseel Mansour; Asfouri directed by Fouad Alaywan; Chaos, Disorder directed by Nadine Khan; Defining Love: A Failed Attempt directed by Hakim Belabbes; Round Trip directed by Meyar Al Roumi and Detroit Unleaded (pictured left) directed by Rola Nashef.

Films from The Venice Film Festival will also be available for viewing through the Dubai Film Market’s Cinetech, the fully-digitised library of films, this year.



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