Dubai, 9 December 2015: Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai, is gearing up for the return of yet another blockbuster edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) which draws actors, directors, writers, producers and industry experts from all corners of the globe to Dubai each year.

Madinat Jumeirah has been DIFFs proud host for the last 12 years. This latest edition takes place from 9?16 December 2015 and will end the wait for thousands of movie buffs who can enjoy a packed programme of over 120 features, short films and documentaries. Shining a light on the cinematic brilliance of both established and fresh new talent from the region and beyond, DIFF will also pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielbergs film Jaws.

Over 1,500 guests attended the festivals red carpet launch party at the resorts newly expanded Fort Island. Cinema lovers are invited to the resorts purpose-built, state-of-the-art screening venues at Madinat Arena and Madinat Theatre to watch the latest movies during Red Carpet Galas and special screenings. As a special treat, Madinat Theatre will host an In Conversation with Jake Gyllenhaal session for fans on 16 December from 6-7pm.

The programme at Madinat Arena kicks off on 9 December with a Red Carpet Opening Gala screening of the drama film Room. Zinzana by Emirati filmmaker Majid Al Ansari will be the opening movie on 10 December and the UAE premiere of the action-adventure animation Bilal will close the day. The programme on 11 December begins with the Childrens Red Carpet Gala for Steve Martinos The Peanuts Movie followed by the dramatic thriller Concussion and will conclude with the Chinese drama Mountain Cry.

Three Red Carpet Gala screenings will take place on 12 December starting with Valley of Knights: Miras Magical Christmas, followed by The Man Who Knew Infinity and The Clan. The programme on 13 December gets underway with 1001 Inventions and Halal Love and ends with the comedy drama Family Fang. The Daughter will have a Red Carpet Opening Gala on 14 December followed by Spotlight. On 15 December, the evening opens with the Red Carpet Gala for Last Cab to Darwin followed by Truth. Finally, on 16 December, Madinat Arena will screen the Middle East premiere and Red Carpet Gala for The Big Short.

Madinat Theatre will raise the curtain on its programme on 10 December with a Red Carpet Opening Gala screening of Before the Summer Crowds followed by Room. The schedule for 11 December opens with Rainbow followed by Desierto and Let Them Come and the drama film Waiting will close the day. The screenings on 12 December kick off with The Assassin followed by the Red Carpet Gala for Going to Heaven and will conclude with Nawara. Suffragette will be the first movie to be showcased on 13 December followed by 3000 Nights on 13 December. The Tainted Veil and Beeba Boys will round off the screening schedule at Madinat Arena on 14 December.

Tickets for Red Carpet Galas are priced at AED 100 and regular screening tickets can be purchased from AED35. For more information, visit: https://dubaifilmfest.com/en/


Notes to Editors:

About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Bodrum, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Mallorca (Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand VenuTM; the wellness brand TaliseTM; Jumeirah Restaurant Group DubaiTM; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality ManagementTM; and Jumeirah SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. Future openings include luxury and lifestyle hotels in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Oman, Russia and the UAE. www.jumeirah.com

About Madinat Jumeirah:

Set on a private beach, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina ASalam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the regions only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The facilities are interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens. The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience with 90 boutiques and restaurants showcasing the best of Arabia, including nightlife destination Pacha Ibiza Dubai.

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