ROME -The Dubai International Film Festival has forged a partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will involve an AMPAS delegation attending the fest’s upcoming 10th Edition and also a showcase of Arab films travelling to the U.S., among other joint initiatives.
The AMPAS delegation attending the Dec. 6-14 fest includes Sid Ganis, producer and former president of the Academy; Vicangelo Bulluck, Academy Managing Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives; Ellen Harrington, Academy Museum, Director of Exhibitions and Collections; and directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur.
Highlights of AMPAS-related events at Dubai will include a panel discussion with Academy members titled “Beyond the Oscars,” and a masterclass in which DuVernay and Kapur will present “An Academy Conversation on Directing,” discussing their personal experiences and insights on the impact that changing movie-goer demographics and new technologies have on the filmmaking process.
“This will be a fantastic opportunity for DIFF audiences to gain an extraordinary insight from Academy members about their craft, films and anecdotes from their illustrious careers,” enthused DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma (pictured) in a statement.
DIFF, which is the becoming the Arab world’s most prominent film fest, will open with Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad’s “Omar,” which won the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes this year, and will close with the fest preem of David O Russel’s “American Hustle.”