Dubai organizers set dates for 2010 fest

Comprising Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica competitions

LONDON -- The seventh edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will take place Dec. 12-19, 2010, organizers said Monday.

This year's event will see the return of the competitive Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica programs with $575,000 in prize money up for grabs for acting, cinematography, editing, music and scriptwriting in addition to the jury general excellence awards.

This year's event will include sidebars Arabian Nights, Gulf Voices, Cinema of the World, Cinema for Children, Cinema of AsiaAfrica, Lifetime Achievement and Cinema from India.

DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: "Despite being the final international film festival in any given year, producers and directors are keen to use DIFF as a sounding board to promote their movies to an international audience. Films screened at DIFF continue to make headlines, catalyzed by the wide-scale publicity generated from Dubai, a city of over 200 nationalities."
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