A delegation from The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC), Dubai Studio City (DSC), and Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), headed to Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (Filmart) this week to showcase Dubai’s success in becoming the Middle East’s leading production hub to an international audience.
The emirate has attracted increasing numbers of international big budget films over the past 12 months, including Star Trek Beyond and Kung Fu Yoga, due to its cutting-edge infrastructure, iconic locations, and world-class facilities, in particular DSC’s high-tech Sound Stages.
Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission, said: "We have seen a significant increase in the number of productions selecting Dubai as a filming location since 2012. Dubai offers a serious competitive edge over its contemporaries in the region – the emirate is one of the best connected cities in the world thanks to its robust infrastructure and well connected airlines, providing easy access for crews."
He added: “DFTC and DSC together serve as a one-stop shop for producers, crew and filmmakers to ensure a seamless filming experience in Dubai, and works to support the development of a sustainable media industry. Dubai is now capable of accommodating productions of all sizes, providing easy access for crew through visa facilitation, driving cost savings across all areas of production via unique incentives and ensuring speedy and efficient filming procedures across Dubai.”
Shivani Pandya, DIFF managing director, commented: “We have witnessed incredible growth of the cinema industry in the Middle East and the UAE is now recognised as one of the Middle East’s leading production hubs. Initiatives like the Dubai Film Market at DIFF, which brings together expertise from around the world with the best local talent, are an important contributing factor to this growth. Filmart is one of Asia’s most respected markets and through our involvement, we hope to create even stronger connections between the Asian and Arab film worlds ahead of the next DFM at DIFF this December.”
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (Filmart) is Asia's largest film and entertainment market, with exhibits covering distribution, production and acquisition of film, TV programmes, animation, digital entertainment, games, production and post-production services, shooting locations, film commissions, film festivals, film insurance and film financing.