Kate-Lynne Wolmarans19 Apr 2018 AT 10:24 AM

There will be no Dubai International Film Festival this year

*sighs*
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans19 Apr 2018 AT 10:24 AM
There will be no Dubai International Film Festival this year
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Film buffs, listen up! The Dubai Film Festival for 2018 has been cancelled.

The move comes as an attempt to “adopt to a new approach” that will be rolled out in 2019.

DIFF announced the news via Twitter.

The chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission Jamal Al Sharif issued a formal statement confirming the news shortly after…

It read, “Diff has established Dubai as a world-class destination in the film and content industry. It serves as a platform to promote cultural understanding between the region and the world, as well as the development of the local and regional film industry, giving the opportunity to many ambitious film makers to shine.”

He added: “With the vast changes taking place both in the regional and global movie-making and content industry, we are seeking to redefine the Dubai International Film Festival’s approach towards nurturing growth, creativity and talent.

“Innovative new approaches and technologies are transforming the distribution of content and the craft of movie-making. As a forward-thinking player in the global film industry, Diff seeks to embrace the future of the industry through this strategic shift.”

Since launching in 2004, more than 2,000 films have been screened with 500 films from the Arab world.

The festival also has helped more than 300 films from the region reach completion and facilitated in the funding and partnership of 140 projects.

It has also supported more than 200 Arab filmmakers through the Festival’s Muhr Awards and has driven tourism across the city.

Last year, the festival screened 141 films from around the world for its 14th edition.

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