The Dubai Intl. Film Festival, covering the Arab world, Asia and Africa, has announced that its seventh edition will unspool Dec. 12 to 19.

It will showcase an even more diverse selection of movies from around the world in sidebars including Arabian Nights, Gulf Voices, Cinema of the World, Cinema for Children, Cinema of Asia-Africa, Lifetime Achievement and Cinema from India.

Fest will feature the competitive Muhr Arab and Muhr Asia-Africa programs offering over $575,000 in prize money for excellence in acting, cinematography, editing, music and scriptwriting in addition to the jury awards.

“Over the past six years, DIFF has achieved its founding objective of encouraging Arab and local filmmaking talent, facilitating Arab and local film industry,” said DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali.

DIFF 2010 will strengthen its seed fund Dubai Film Connection, the Dubai Film Market and regular industry and student workshops.

Fest is held in association with Dubai Studio City.