DIFF’S ‘FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL’ PACKAGE

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Vikram Arora, CEO, Saffron Media Works, Actors Shah Rukh Khan,  Kajol Devgan and DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF)

Vikram Arora, CEO, Saffron Media Works, Actors Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol Devgan and DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF)

Spoil yourself with the ultimate red carpet film experience – Gold, Platinum or Royal packages at Dubai International Film Festival now available

Exclusive screenings, gala receptions, red carpet events and much more

 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) invites film fans and culture enthusiasts to take part in the ultimate silver screen experience this December with the return of its Friends of the Festival packages. Cinephiles will experience one of the world’s most renowned film festivals in VIP style thanks to special access to gala screenings, elite parties and exclusive screenings and conferences. Proceeds from the packages go towards supporting DIFF’s commitment to developing a thriving film culture in the Middle East.

 

This year, DIFF has put together a bespoke series of packages across three tiers – DIFF Gold, Platinum and Royal.  Friends of the Festival are invited to DIFF’s exclusive opening and closing film and party, gala films and experiences, and regular screenings through the Festival – including a hair and makeup session beforehand as well as access to the DIFF celebrity gift lounge. Guests will also have the chance to attend exclusive press conferences and interact with leading industry professionals at the Dubai Film Market. Previous editions of the Festival have hosted an unmeasurable mix of star talent on the red carpet including George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Tom Cruise, Dev Patel, Emily Blunt, Martin Sheen and Jake Gyllenhaal. 

 

Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Gala during day four of the 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 12, 2015 in Dubai.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF)

Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Gala during day four of the 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 12, 2015 in Dubai. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF)

The most luxurious package, the ‘Royal Package’, encompasses a unique range of benefits and countless once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in addition to an unforgettable three-night trip to the 70th Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

 

The Friends of the Festival programme goes beyond extraordinary festival experiences as it also acts as a fund-raising platform encouraging philanthropists and art lovers within the UAE who appreciate the cultural importance of the festival to contribute to its continuous growth and development.

 

Shivani Pandya, DIFF’s Managing Director said, “Friends of the Festival are film lovers and culture enthusiasts who are aware of the importance of events like DIFF and its role in building sustainable industry in the region. As well as supporting the growth of the industry, they can enjoy an exclusive DIFF experience with the opportunity to meet filmmakers, celebrities and industry gurus that inspire them to continue their support of the arts at one of the UAE’s most anticipated cultural events.”

 

Emily Blunt attends the IWC Filmmakers award during day two of the 11th Annual Dubai International Film Festival   (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)

Emily Blunt attends the IWC Filmmakers award during day two of the 11th Annual Dubai International Film Festival (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)

She continued, “Back for its 13th year, DIFF’s Friends of the Festival program is a significant foundation for arts funding in the Middle East. As the popularity of the packages grows year by year, our base of friends and loyal supporters has expanded, and we owe it to those supporters to provide the most exclusive and elite film experience possible for them.”

 

DIFF has been included in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s list of the world’s top 15 film festivals for two years in a row, reaffirming its status as a leading international film festival and a cultural hub for filmmaking in the region. DIFF earned its spot on the magazine’s list for being a platform to discover the best in Arab cinema and an exhilarating destination to mingle with A-list stars and celebrities from all over the world.

 

Registration is now open for the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, which will take place from the 7-14 December, 2016. 

 

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The 13th edition of DIFF will take place from December 7 – 14, 2016.

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