Organisers have confirmed that this year's installment of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will be staged from December 11 to 18.
This year's event will boast new sections including a programming segment devoted exclusively to animation. The popular Muhr Awards will also be expanded to include the Muhr Asia/Africa Competition, which will run alongside the successful Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema.
"Although the festival is almost 10 months away, our work begins immediately to bring Dubai the fifth edition of the biggest event on the emirate's cultural calendar," said DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma. "We have received strong support [for the event] from the Dubai community as well as from government departments, sponsors, schools and volunteers."