Dubai International Film Festival returns for its 13th edition

The 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has unveiled its full line-up of 156 films from 55 countries.

The festival, which runs from December 7th to 14th, spans feature, non-fiction and short films, and includes an astonishing 57 world premieres and international premieres, 73 MENA premieres, 12 Middle East premieres and 9 GCC premieres.

The films, crafted in more than 44 languages, populate DIFF’s Arab and Emirati competitions, and its out-of-competition segments dedicated to children, the Arab world, Virtual Reality and cinema from around the globe.

With 18 galas and 16 special presentations announced, Q&As and special appearances from a stellar line-up of industry talent and the spotlight firmly on Oscar hopefuls as well as promising Arab talent, the stage is set for another sparkling eight-day celebration of the very best in cinema.

International talent flying into Dubai this December includes:

Samuel L. Jackson, Rekha, Bill Nighy, Luke Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Andie MacDowell, Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor, Melanie Griffith, Tuba Büyüküstün, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley, Enzo Cilento, Eva Longoria Bastón, Dave Johns, Lenny Abrahamson and Asif Kapadia.

Arab celebrities set to attend the red-carpet include:

Gabriel Yared, Hend Sabri, Nelly Karim, Sabrine, Leila Eloui, Dareen Hamze, Julia Kassar, Elham Shahine, Bassem Samra, Ali Suliman, Anoushka, Dorra Zarrouk, Donya Al Shirbini, Qusai Khawli, Amal Boushocha, Suzanne Najm El Din, Samer Al Masri, Abed Fahed, Bassem Yakhour, Bassel Khayat, Ali Suliman, Elham Fadala, Amro Saad, Riham Haggag, and Rodrigue Suleiman, Ahmed Magdi and Ali Khalil.

Talent from across the GCC and UAE set to attend includes:

Huda Hussain, Khaled Ameen, Latifa Al Mujrin, Bassem Abdul Ameer, Hamad Al Omani, Ebrahim Al Harbi, Ahmed Al Ansari, Ahmad Al Jasmi, Jaber Naghmoush, Habib Ghuloom, Hassan Ragab, Hamid Sumbaikh, Razika Al Taresh, Mariam Sultan, Huda Al Khatib, Marwan Abdullah Saleh, Sultan Al Neyadi, Samira Ahmad, Abdullah Abo Abed, Mansour Al Feeli, Haifaa Hussain, Mahmoud boushehri, Abeer Ahmad, Heba Al Durri.

The Dubai International Film Festival will run from December 7-14, 2016, and ticket packages are on sale now. For more information visit