Dubai panel schedule opens with school day

Twenty students will participate in festival workshop

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DUBAI -- The Dubai International Film Festival's Industry Office kicks off its busy schedule of events Thursday afternoon with the inaugural DIFF Young Journalist Award workshop.

Twenty students have been selected to participate in a workshop-competition that will see them review a film during the festival, with the winner set to be announced during the FIPRESCI panel on Dec. 18.

Set to follow this week are a lineup of panels, workshops and networking sessions featuring top Hollywood executives and their international counterparts.

Comedians Sugar Sammy, Ron Josol and Ronnie Khalili will participate in Friday's Showtime Comedy Writing Workshop "Minding The Gap." The panel, hosted by producer Eric Preven ("Axis of Evil"), will discuss creating comedy in the gap between cultures.

On Sunday, CAA agent Emanuel Nunez and Michael Andreen of Disney will participate in an industry panel dubbed "Film Financing in the Arab World: Who Holds the Purse Strings."

Another major Hollywood financing agent, Hal Sadoff of ICM will be on hand Monday to offer advice at the panel "Cracking the North American Market."

The schedule also includes a number of master classes, networking sessions and two special days dedicated to documentaries and students, respectively.

The Industry Office was launched as one of a number of DIFF initiatives to support the development of a local film industry and to train talent in the region.
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