Dubai delegation heads to American Film Market

DFTC and Dubai Studio City representatives to showcase the emirate's thriving film industry
Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC).
Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC).

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A delegation from Dubai, including the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) and Dubai Studio City (DSC), headed to the global American Film Market (AFM) this week to promote the UAE’s vibrant film and production industry.

A key global conference for filmmakers, producers, writers, distributors, financiers, industry executives, talent, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry, AFM is attended by over 8,000 industry leaders from more than 80 countries every year, with over 700 screenings.

Commenting on the visit, Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of DFTC, said: “Dubai’s film industry has witnessed outstanding success this year, which is testament to the emirate’s world-class facilities and cutting-edge infrastructure, as well as its unique choice of locations.”

He added: “International blockbuster 'Star Trek Beyond' and 'Kung Fu Yoga' starring Jackie Chan, both filmed in Dubai last month and have shone the spandotlight on Dubai’s unique and iconic locations and advanced facilities - particularly DSC’s high-tech sound stages - and we are excited to be here at one of the world’s leading film conferences to showcase Dubai’s success story to an international audience."

The largest in the region, Dubai Studio City’s sound stages were the production home for 'Star Trek Beyond' in Dubai. At 50,000sqft in size, the sound stages and their state-of-the-art facilities were able to facilitate the movie’s large set as well as accommodate a crew of up to 500.

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