Dubai film festival announces young journalist programme

Eight shortlisted entrants looking to break into film journalism will be given first-hand experience, reporting on-the-ground at the 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) with the team from Gulf News tabloid.

The shortlisted young journalists will receive access and mentorship, and one winner will be chosen at the end of the festival to take up a full internship with tabloid.

University students and those in their final year of high school in the UAE have been invited to apply by submitting a written example of their journalistic talent. Entries are open now until 25 November, 2015.

The 12th DIFF is on 9-16 December, 2015.

Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF chairman said: “The Dubai International Film Festival is committed to not only bring the best of global cinema to the UAE, but to engage the community and region as we continue to support the growing film industry in the Arab world. That includes every discipline from production to journalism. As part of this, we are proud to work with Gulf News to provide ambitious university and high school students an excellent experience at the heart of the Festival.”

Interested applicants must be UAE nationals or residents of the UAE, a student enrolled in university, of any major, or in their final year of high school. Applicants can register by emailing their resumes, a copy of a current passport/visa page and a 200-word report on the importance of film festivals in shaping the cultural landscape of a city to