DIFF’s Annual Career Fair to be held on Thursday, 12th September

Group picture for the team at DIFF 9th edition

Dubai, September 1st, 2013   By: Zulfiqar Shah

This December, Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will celebrate 10 years of cinema as they embark on the decennial edition of the Festival. From 6th December to the 14th, DIFF will bring together filmmakers, industry professionals, leading film talent and media to further cement their reputation as an innovative, exciting and world-class international film festival.

With plans well underway to deliver a 10th edition of DIFF that films fans will never forget the Festival is looking for hard-working, enthusiastic UAE residents and nationals to join the team and will be holding their Annual Careers Fair on Thursday, September 12th at the Meydan IMAX Theatre from 10 am through to 7 pm.

Mohammed Alhousani, Senior Manager Human Resources & Administration, Dubai International Film Festival, said: “Over the years we have become to rely on the support of temporary staff and volunteers to make the Festival a success. DIFF is a great event for graduates, students and those interested in the media sector to enhance their skills, gain behind-the-scenes experience and acquire inside knowledge on how the industry works. Those who have joined us in past years have described working at DIFF as a transformative experience and return to DIFF year after year. We look forward to finding more outstanding team members who will help us deliver a Festival that exceeds all expectations.”

Emirati Abdulla Al Shamsi, who served as an Arena Captain said: “It was an honour to work at DIFF, a valuable opportunity that equipped me with a wealth of new skills. I’m  proud that we have such an exciting and well organised event in Dubai and to be part of a team that are dedicated to bringing people together from every corner of the globe to celebrate cinema is something I believe everyone should experience.”

Sarah Adam, who was employed in the role of PR Executive last year said: “The Festival was a truly unique and rewarding experience that allowed me to come into contact with industry professionals, journalists and celebrities from around the world. It was an intense learning curve that allowed me to gain experience, confidence and meet new friends.”

Georgina Shorter who worked for the Dubai Film Market, the business hub of the Festival said: “This will be my third year with DIFF and every year my responsibilities have increased allowing me to develop my role and learn more. The job is so varied and I get to work with filmmakers and industry experts on a wide range of events during the Festival.  It’s great to be part of a team that shares the passion I have for film, I’m really looking forward to returning and celebrating DIFF’s 10th year.”

The Festival’s Annual Career Fair, which showcases an array of short-term vacancies across DIFF operations from front of stage to back office, will be held from 10 am to 7 pm on Thursday, September 12, at the Meydan in the IMAX Theatre.

In previous years, more than 400 temporary staff have joined the Festival annually, in roles from registration to red carpet and hospitality to marketing. The Career Fair is an opportunity for candidates to gain a more in-depth understanding of the Festival and its needs, and meet and interview with DIFF teams.

All Career Fair applicants must be over 21 years of age, UAE nationals or residents of the UAE and can register online by completing the Festival job application which can be found on the DIFF website www.dubaifilmfest.com.

Essential qualifications include a can-do attitude, team spirit, a level head and flexible schedule – short-listed candidates will receive in-depth training. Those who are unable to attend the Career Fair can submit their resumes to diffcareers@tecom.ae. All applicants should present a passport copy with a valid UAE visa. For additional information, please go to our website www.dubaifilmfest.com, email Diffcareers@filmfest.ae or call +971 4 3613733.To celebrate DIFF’s 10th anniversary Meydan IMAX will be offering exclusive ticket offers for all those who attend the Career’s Fair.

Located at the prestigious Meydan in Nad al Sheba, the Meydan IMAX Theatre is home to the largest screen in the Middle East and Asia. The IMAX screen soars up to eight stories high and is designed to encompass your peripheral vision. Half the size of a football field and large enough to show a life-size whale, the IMAX screen will fully immerse you in the story.

For more information on the location please visit www.meydanimax.com

About DIFF

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The 10th edition of DIFF is set to take place between December 6 – 14, 2013.

Dubai International Film Festival supports Expo 2020 Dubai Bid, UAE, is presented by The Investment Corporation of Dubai and held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, home to the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The Festival is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award and IWC Schaffhausen. For more and updated information about DIFF, please visit www.diff.ae