AMPAS, Dubai Film Festival Partner for Events Program

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The 10th edition of the fest will offer a series of events, including a directing master class from Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur.

LONDON – The Dubai International Film Festival has partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to deliver a "customized program" of events involving a delegation from the Academy during the festival next month.

The delegation includes Sid Ganis, producer and former president of the Academy, AMPAS managing director of outreach and strategic initiatives Vicangelo Bulluck, Academy Museum director of exhibitions and collections Ellen Harrington, and Academy members and directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur.

DuVernay and Kapur will present "An Academy Conversation on Directing," in which they will discuss their personal experiences and insights on the impact that changing moviegoer demographics and new technologies have on the filmmaking process.

Another Academy-led event will be a panel discussion with members entitled "Beyond the Oscars," billed as an open session that aims to give "an overview of the full scope of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and master classes for filmmakers."

Said Ganis: "With the Academy's visit to DIFF, a hub for filmmakers from around the world, the Academy continues its international outreach -- artist to artist -- with members offering their knowledge and experiences to filmmakers all over the world."

DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: "We are honored to be collaborating with AMPAS and look forward to welcoming the delegation to Dubai. This will be a fantastic opportunity for DIFF audiences to gain an extraordinary insight from Academy members about their craft, films and anecdotes from their illustrious careers. Working with AMPAS will inspire the filmmakers that attend DIFF from around the world and encourage invaluable educational and cultural opportunities."

Organizers also said Omar, a film from Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad, will raise the curtain on the 10th edition of the festival on Dec. 6.

The movie was supported by DIFF’s postproduction and production-funding support program and marks the return to the festival for Assad, whose Paradise Now opened its 2nd edition.

And signaling its intention to screen movies about controversial issues in the region, DIFF will provide the platform for the world premiere of Mahmoud Kaabour’s Champ of the Camp, the first-ever feature-length documentary filmed in the labor camps of the United Arab Emirates.

The festival runs through Dec. 14.