Conditions for accreditation: Media accreditation for the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is reserved for members of the press/media who will cover DIFF for the publication, news agency, broadcast outlet or website that they represent.
NOTE: Please ensure all accreditation requests are completed before December 1. Any requests made after this date, either via the website or at the Festival Headquarters during the festival, will require 48hrs for processing.
Categories eligible for accreditation:
- Print Media
- Broadcast - Radio
- Broadcast - Television
- News Agency/Wire Service
- Photo Agency
- Freelancers (see note below)
- Websites/Online Media (see note below)
- Bloggers/Social media (see note below)
Additional accreditation requests may be made, but will be accepted on a case by case basis.
- Applications must be completed – with all relevant personal data, company information, photographs and/or other requested documentation submitted – before accreditation is approved
- A photograph at least 5cm x 5cm saved in JPG format @ 300dpiis also required.
- Accreditation is strictly personal and non-transferable.
- Individuals may request only one accreditation for a single media category.
- Double accreditation is also not allowed (e.g. as press and industry delegate, or as press and guest).
- The Dubai International Film Festival reserves the right to approve or decline applications at its sole discretion.
Special Cases Freelancers:
- Freelance journalists are subject to the same requirements for accreditation and must complete the full process and submit all the required documents.
- In addition, freelancers must provide clear evidence that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication.
- A valid assignment letter from that media outliet is required.
- Photographic agencies must provide clear evidence from a client news organization or publication.
- If you represent multiple media organizations, we invite you to provide information about each one of them and to clearly state which you wish to be accredited for as the DIFF Media Department will not issue multiple accreditations.
- If you have changed media companies within the last year, please send us an official letter of assignment.
- This must be on letterhead, must be signed by your editor-in-chief, and detail the characteristics of your new company (periodicity, circulation, audience, expected coverage).
- Unsigned letters or e-mails will not be accepted.
- Letters of assignment must also specify the name and professional function of the individual to be assigned, and the type of coverage assigned.
- Work samples from the previous year, demonstrating active engagement in covering DIFF, must be included.
- These samples must be unaltered media products with bylines clearly mentioned.
- A recent issue/edition of your new publication/broadcast programme must be provided.
Online media: Any online media (incl. websites) seeking accreditation for its correspondents must have a significant amount of original news content, commentary or analysis on film or film-related issues. Please provide the latest available data on your site’s visitors/audience and evidence of an established record of reporting in this area. Any web publication seeking DIFF accreditation must belong to a registered media organization and have a specific, verifiable, non-web address and a telephone number.
Blogs: DIFF is fully cognizant of the emerging power and popularity of new media, and welcomes the interest of professional, recognized and experienced bloggers. Accreditation of bloggers for DIFF will be done on a case-by-case basis. Some of the criteria currently applied to online media will be considered, as will any additional information and metrics you wish to provide.
Collecting your accreditation Accepted registrants can collect their DIFF accreditation at the Registration Centre after presenting a valid photo ID and a copy of the acceptance e-mail which will be sent to all confirmed and accepted individuals. The Centre is located within the Festival Headquarters in Madinat Jumeirah. The exact address, dates, and opening hours of the office will be provided in the e-mail confirming your accreditation.
Benefits of Accreditation: Your accreditation badge will allow you access to all special press screenings as well as press conferences with attending filmmakers and talent. It will also give you free access to all festival screenings (limited number of tickets per day, and subject to seat availability), with the exception of gala screenings. This badge will allow you to use the press center and the viewing library at the Festival Headquarters at Madinat Jumeirah. The accreditation is valid for the duration of DIFF; it must be clearly displayed and shown upon request to personnel in all areas of the Festival. Badges remain the property of DIFF and must be surrendered upon request.
Accreditation for 2012 Please note that you MUST submit your 2012 DIFF coverage by June 1, 2013 to be considered for the 2013 Dubai international Film Festival. Failure to do so will make you and your company ineligible for future accreditations.
All 2011 coverage must be sent to: Dubai International Film Festival Attn:
Communications Manager CNN Building (Building No 2) - First Floor,
Dubai Media City,
P.O. Box 502600, +971 (4) 361 3882