Local and international media is reporting that staff have already been made redundant
Following weeks of rumours, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced that it will now occur every two years as part of a new strategy to support growth and evolution of the region’s film and content industries.
In a statement, DIFF said that the shift “aims to embrace the significant changes taking place in the region’s creative and entertainment landscape” and to leverage the emergence of new talent and technologies in the region.
The next DIFF will now take place in 2019 – rather than this year – according to the statement.
“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, the chairman of the Dubai Film and TV Commission.
“As a forward-thinking player in the global film industry, DIFF seeks to embrace the future of the industry through this strategic shift.”
The Abu Dhabi-based The National newspaper, citing anonymous sources, suggested that a number of DIFF staff members have already been relieved of their positions.
Similarly, the Hollywood Reporter earlier this week cited an anonymous source as saying that “most” DIFF employees worked their last day on Tuesday, April 17, with senior management due to stay on Until May 1.
In 2014, another industry event, the Gulf Film Festival, was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances” and never returned.