Dubai International Film Festival 2017 Roundup

Dana Mortada   |   16 - 12 - 2017

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) hit the town in full storm. For its 14th edition, Australian actress Cate Blanchett is chaired on the jury table, filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour was granted $100K , and for the second time in a row the festival hosted a Star Wars premiere. This year’s film festival featured more than 140 movies from different Middle Eastern and North African regions, like Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

Apart from the awards and the gala dinners, the lineup figures of the film industry overflowed with promises of future success. Closed on December 13, the awards have already been distributed and the red carpet rolled up. So here’s what you have missed from this year’s annual film festival.


Film-maker Haifaa Al-Mansour Honoured by IWC

Saudi director,  Haifaa Al-Mansour attends the festival for Mary Shelly movie screening. During her time at the festival she was granted an IWC Filmmakers Award, and a $100K prize for her upcoming project, an animation movie called Miss Camel.


Sonam Kapoor attends DIFF in Ashi Studio 


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Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor walked the red carpet in white ensemble by Ashi Studio, looking stunning as an ambassador to the premium IWC watch brand.


Patrick Stewart honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award 


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On December 6, actor Patrick Stewart receives a Lifetime Achievement Award given from HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Makhtoum and  Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF.


DIFF’s VIP Lounge Sponsored by Le Clos

French actress and model Olga Kurylenko

This year’s VIP Lounge at the 14th Dubai International Festival sponsored by Le Clos- a ballroom located in Mina A’Salam where a-listers made their way to explore different stands with unique local brands. Many indulged over sweet treats, enjoyed regionally produced fragrances and even visited the grooming corner for getting their nails done or beards shaved.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi concludes DIFF


The Last Jedi premiere screening closed the 14th DIFF edition on December 13, with a gala event like no other.



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