The red carpet opening ceremony takes place at Madinat Arena on Wednesday, December 9 Image Credit: Supplied

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the Middle East’s biggest movie extravaganza. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. This year is the 12th running of the festival.

The idea is that DIFF is used as a source of influence for film-makers and talents across the region, and one which offers them an international platform.  

Event details

Where There are four locations. The main event takes place at Madinat Arena and Madinat Jumeirah Theatre, with a number of movies being shown at Mall of the Emirates. Free open-air movies will also be shown at JBR Beach on the big screen.

When Wednesday, December 9 to Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tickets Ticket prices for individual films start at Dh35 per person, with some premium films costing Dh100 per person. View the list here

You can buy ticket bundles that allow you into multiple movies. 10-ticket bundle starts at Dh275; 25-ticket bundle starts at Dh550. You can buy your tickets here

Stay social Join the online discussion with the hashtag #DIFF15.

How it works Over 120 feature-length films, short films, and documentaries will be screened over the course of the week. This includes several international premiers.

Opening night The 12th DIFF gets underway on the red carpet at 7pm on Wednesday, December 9. The opening ceremony will be broadcast live on the big screen at JBR Beach.

Films Not much has been left out of the DIFF. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood for a thriller, horror, fantasy or sci-fi, there is something for all tastes.

Stars This year Dubai is braced for the arrival of Jaws star Richard Dreyfus – one of Hollywood’s true legends. He will be celebrating the famous horror movies’ 40th anniversary and will be in attendance at JBR Beach on Saturday, December 12.

Richard Dreyfus (right) will be in Dubai celebrating 40 years of Jaws

Dubai Film Market The Dubai Film Market joined the DIFF line-up in 2007 as a means of opening communication channels between regional filmmakers and the international film community. To take part in the Dubai Film Market, whether you’re a local filmmaker looking to reach out or a producer from overseas looking to source local talent, sign up here


You can view the full screening schedule here.

JBR Beach free movie schedule

Free screenings at JBR Beach
Wed, Dec  9 8pm El Clasico
Thu, Dec  10 7pm Savva: Heart of a Warrior
Fri, Dec  11 7.30pm The Idol
Sat, Dec  12 6.30pm Jaws - with Richard Dreyfus
Sun, Dec  13 7pm Lady in the Van
Mon, Dec  14 7pm Song of Lahore
Tue, Dec  15 7pm Yallah! Underground
Wed, Dec  16 7pm All Roads Lead to Rome


Tickets Buy your tickets here Website DIFF 2015