As a Founding Sponsor to the Dubai International Film Festival, Emirates is once again supporting this internationally acclaimed event as a Principal Sponsor for the sixth year. The festival celebrates excellence in cinema, using it as a medium to promote open dialogue between cultures.
Emirates has played a pivotal role in drawing attention to the rich, vibrant cultural scene in Dubai. With 179 films from 66 countries, the Dubai International Film Festival has proven with its recent fifth edition (December 2008) that it has become the key player for the cinema scene in this region.
Since its inception in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival has established itself as an important cultural event in the UAE. There has been a remarkable growth in both the number of films presented and audience numbers. The festival has also seen a similar growth in the attendance of key international and regional filmmakers, industry professionals and members of the local, regional and international press.
Through this partnership, Emirates supports the UAE's economy and its cultural development. The assistance provided as a Principal Sponsor has helped the festival become one of the best recognised internationally, attracting top talent including George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn, Oliver Stone, Nicholas Cage, Danny Glover, Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Mohammed Al Mansoor, Mirvat Ameen, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek and many more.