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5th Dubai International Film Festival – DIFF 2008
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DIFF Vision and Mission

Vision
« Lead in building cultural understanding through creative achievement in film. »

Mission
« Celebrate excellence in cinema, using it as a medium to promote open dialogue between cultures and nations. To nurture and develop local and international talent, accelerating and fostering growth of the industry, while also providing an invaluable cultural benefit to the people of Dubai and the UAE. »



In 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival launched with its theme of’Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds’.
Going into its fifth year, DIFF is held under the Honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organized by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.
Reflecting Dubai’s cosmopolitan and multicultural character, the festival showcases a wide selection of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world.
DIFF aims at establishing itself as a major international festival, while continuing to act as a platform for showcasing excellence in Arab Cinema and simultaneously contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry and talent.
As one of the world’s fastest growing business and tourist destinations, Dubai provides an ideal meeting point for industry friends and colleagues from around the globe. DIFF creates an exciting atmosphere for exchanging ideas among a group of progressive film industry professionals. Moreover, the networking initiatives hosted by DIFF provide participants and guests a favourable setting for conducting business.


PALMARES
Arab Muhr Competition


Short Films:

First Prize: LA ROUTE DU NORD (THE NORTH ROAD) by Carlos Chahine
Special Jury Prize: BINT MARIAM by Saeed Salmeen Al-Murry
Second Prize: SA’ET ASARY (AT DAY’S END) by Sherif El Bendary

Documentary:

First Prize: THAKIRAT L SABBAR: HIKAYAT THALATH QURA FALASTEENIA (MEMORY OF HE CACTUS: A STORY OF THREE PALESTINIAN VILLAGES) by Hanna Musleh

Special Jury Prize: SAMAAN BIDIYAA (THE ONE MAN VILLAGE) by Simon El Habre
Second Prize: MARINA OF THE ZABBALEEN by Engi Wassef
Best Cinematographer: Luca Coassin for CASANEGRA
Best Composer: Sylvain Rifflet for ADHEN – DERNIER MAQUIS
Best Editor: Nicolas Bancilhon for ADHEN – DERNIER MAQUIS
Best Screenplay: Annemarie Jacir for MILH HADHA AL-BAHR (SALT OF THIS SEA)
Best Actress: Hafsia Herzi for FRANCAISE
Best Actor: Anas Elbaz and Omar Lotfi for CASANEGRA

Feature Film:

Best Film: MASQUERADES by Lyes Salem
Special Jury Prize: ADHEN – DERNIER MAQUIS by Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche

Muhr AsiaAfrica Awards

Short Films:

First Prize: SHAO NIAN XUE (YOUNG BLOOD) by Haolun Shu
Special Jury Prize: EXPECTATIONS by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Second Prize: KAM SANABANYZ (EVERYTHING IS OK) by Akjoltoy Bekbolotov

Documentary:

First Prize: MENTAL by Kazuhiro Soda
Special Jury Prize: XIAO LI ZI (SURVIVAL SONG) by Guangyi Yu
Second Prize: UNE AFFARIE DE NEGRES (BLACK BUSINESS) by Osvalde Lewat
Best Cinematorgrapher: Reza Teymouri for ARAM BASH VA TA HAFT BESHMAR (BE CALM AND COUNT TO SEVEN)
Best Composer: Jorga Mesfin, Vijay Iyer for TEZA
Best Editor: Sreekar Prasad for FIRAAQ
Best Screenplay: Deepa Mehta for HEAVEN ON EARTH
Best Actress: Anh Hong for TRANG NOI DAY GIENG (MOON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL)
Best Actor: Askhat Kuchinchirekov for TULPAN

Feature Film:

Best Film: TREELESS MOUNTAIN by So Yong Kim
Special Jury Prize: KYUKA (VACATION) by Hajime Kadoi

The festival had previously announced the results of the second annual Dubai Film Connection (DFC), established to bring Arab and international film professionals together. DFC selected 18 projects from 108 submissions, of which three were awarded a USD 25, 000 Dubai International Film Festival Prize: This is my Picture When I Was Dead, by Mahmoud al Massad (Jordan-Netherlands); Barbershop Trinity, by Chadi Zeneddine (Lebanon); and Ouardia Once Had Sons, by Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria-Morocco). The three producers of the three projects will attend the prestigious 2009 Cannes Producers Network.

Every Day is a Holiday, by Dima El-Hor (Lebanon-France) won the DIFF Desert Door Work in Progress Award, the 6000 Euro’International Relations’ prize from French broadcaster Arte went to Death for Sale, by Faouzi Bensaiei (Morocco-France-Belgium); and the new Bahrain Film Production Company Works in Progress Award went to When I Saw You, by Annemarie Jacir (Palestine-Jordan). The new Young Journalist Award, instituted in 2008 to stimulate interest in film criticism as a career in the region, went to Melissa Khan of Mahe Manipal University in Dubai.