Emirates is a founding sponsor of the Dubai International Film Festival, an internationally acclaimed event that has evolved over the years as the leading film festival of the Middle East. Since its inception in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival has served as an influential platform for filmmakers and talent at an international level, spearheading the film movement in the region. The festival also celebrates excellence in film, using it as a medium to promote open dialogue between cultures.
The Dubai International Film Festival has also extended its platform to present and honor excellence in film from countries in Asia and Africa. Independent and established talents from these continents are given prominent standing in the Dubai International Film Festival’s program.
Through the partnership, Emirates has shared the same objectives of the festival to promote Dubai as a world-class center for tourism, culture, commerce, and sports. The assistance Emirates has provided as the founding sponsor has helped the festival become one of the most recognized 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.