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Diff 2017: Star Wars fans gather in force

As 14th Dubai International Film Festival comes to a close, ‘Star Wars’ fans are gathering in force for premiere


As the 14th Dubai International Film Festival comes to a close tonight, ‘Star Wars’ fans are gathering in force for the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, the closing film. Get on board the celebration as we bring you all the action from the red carpet live. 

Don't mess with this Emirati filmmaker

X-Wing pilot in our midst

More fans arrive in character


Han Solo and Princess Leia... or is it?


Darth Vader arrives...


Did you spot the villain?


Fans travel far and wide for premiere


Action from the red carpet


Look out for these guys at tonight's premiere...


Star Wars force strong in Dubai


Fans arrive in full force for premiere


Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere

We are all set for the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, the closing movie of the 14th Dubai International Film Festival. 


Winners stand tall with their Muhr prizes

Winner of the Muhr Best Feature film Annemarie Jacoir for Wajib walks away with Dh200,000 prize

Muhr Best Feature fiction film goes to Aneemarie Jacir for the film Wajib

Muhr Best non-fiction goes to the film Taste of Cement by Ziad Khalthoum

Special Jury Prize is awarded to Heaven Without People

The Muhr Best Director goes to Sofia Djama for The Blessed

Best Actor award goes to father and son Mohammed Bakri and Saleh Bakri

Best Actress goes to Menha Ak Batroui for Cactus Flower

The Muhr Best Arab Short goes to A Drowning Man by Mahdi Fleifel

The Muhr Short – Jury Prize goes to The President's Visit 

Winner for Muhr Gulf Short for Best Film

Winner for Muhr Best Gulf Short

Best Emirati Feature Film Award

The Muhr Emirati Best Short

Muhr Emirati Best Director

Emirati best director award

Emirates NBD People's Choice Award

The Arab Film Studio Scriptwriting Award goes to...

$100,000 Cinema Award given away

The Ministry of Interior’s Cinema Award went to writer Fareed Ramadan, who took home a cheque for $100,000.

Young Journalist recognised at Diff

The Young Journalist Award at this year's Dubai International Film Festival went to Sanjay Shankar.

Gulf News' Managing Editor, Mohammed Almezel, handed out the award. Continuing the successful partnership between Gulf News and Diff, the Young Journalist Award, gives budding writers and filmmakers unrivalled access to the world of cinema.


Muhr Awards begins, 13 vie for best Emirati film award

The Muhr Awards at the Dubai International Film Festival has begun.

Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is one of the distinguished guests at the award ceremony.

This year, 13 films are competing in the Muhr Awards - Emirati category. One of the contenders is Nujoom Alghanem's feature film, SharpTools.

59 films competing for Muhr Awards

The Dubai International Film Festival will be announcing the winner of the Muhr Awards, a platform that showcases talent in Arab cinema. 

This year’s selection comprised 59 biopics, comedies, dramas and love stories from the Arabian Peninsula, Levant and North Africa, vying across four categories: Muhr Emirati, Muhr Features (fiction or non-fiction), Muhr Short and Muhr Gulf Short.

Meet the Muhr Awards panel 

A world-renowned panel of film experts will judge the Dubai International Film Festival’s (Diff) Muhr Awards this year. The awards, presented annually, recognises the best Arab talent of the year in four categories: Muhr Emirati, Muhr Features, Muhr Short and Muhr Gulf Short. Meet the panelists