Dubai film festival downsized to once every two years

DIFF chairman Abdul Hamid Juma, left, and the actress Q’Orianka Kilcher at the opening ceremony of the 14th International Film Festival in Dubai on December 6, 2017. (DIFF/AFP-Services)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Dubai film festival downsized to once every two years

While Saudi Arabia heralded the return of public cinemas on Wednesday night, the Dubai International Film Festival announced a “new approach” to supporting the region’s film industry while scaling back the festival to once every two years.


“With the vast changes taking place both in the regional and global movie-making and content industry, we are seeking to redefine the Dubai International Film Festival’s approach towards nurturing growth, creativity and talent,” said Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of the Dubai Film and TV Commission.

The 15th film festival will take place in 2019. More details are to be announced at a later date, DIFF organizers said in a statement.


YouTube star KSI heads to Dubai for DSS Gaming Challenge

Updated 20 June 2018
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YouTube star KSI heads to Dubai for DSS Gaming Challenge

DUBAI: Superstar YouTube gamer KSI is set to jet into Dubai for the Dubai Summer Surprises Gaming Challenge, held at The Dubai Mall from June 22 to July 2.
Organized with ITP Live and PlayStation Middle East, the event will see regional gaming influencers MoVlogs, Saygin Yalcin and Tareq Al-Harbi joined on stage by the British phenomenon as members of the public battle it out on games such as PlayLink, FIFA World Cup 18 and Fortnite for the chance to win a raft of prizes.
From June 22-27, a special competition will offer shoppers who spend $54 at the mall the opportunity to play either a single-player FIFA game or a four-player PlayLink game for the chance to qualify for the play-off tournament on June 29 and 30.
The winner will then show his or her mettle in a gaming match with KSI himself on June 30 — he will take to the stage in the mall’s Star Atrium between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time, so if you are lucky enough to be in Dubai make sure you arrive early for a chance to see the Internet sensation.
KSI, whose real name is Olajide William “JJ” Olatunji, shot to fame in 2009 when he began uploading videos of himself playing video games onto YouTube. He now has more than 18 million subscribers and helms the 36th most popular YouTube channel in the world.
“I’m pumped to head back to Dubai this year to meet my viewers at The Dubai Mall for Dubai Summer Surprises 2018 and play at the Gaming Challenge event,” KSI said in a released statement.
The comedian, actor, rapper and soon-to-be amateur boxer — he is due to fight YouTuber Logan Paul in a hugely hyped match in August — has even found fame offline, with his album “Keep Up” reaching number one on the UK R&B Albums Chart in 2016.
The event is set to be hosted by high profile Bahraini gamer Ahmad Al-Nasheet, founder of regional gaming website DvLZGaME.