Image 1 of 12: Egyptian actress Bushra (R) receives the best actress award.
Image 1 of 12: Emirati film director Nayla al-Khaja shakes hands with Sheikh Mansur bin Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum (L).
Image 1 of 12: Cameroonian director Ariane Astrid Atodji (R) receives the special jury price for her documentary film Koundi and the National Thursday.
Image 1 of 12: Sheikh Said bin Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum (2nd L) hands the best actor award to Egypt's Maged al-Kidwany.
Image 1 of 12: Sheikh Said bin Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum (C) hands Lebanese film director George Hashem the best film Muhr Award for his movie Stray Bullet.
Image 1 of 12: Sheikh Said bin Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum (L) hands the special international jury award to Mohammed al-Hushki for his film Transit Cities.
Image 1 of 12: Malian director Souleymane Cisse (R) poses next to Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum.
Image 1 of 12: Kobra Hasanzadeh Esfahani (2nd R) of Iran receives the Muhr AsiaAfrica best actress award for her role in Alireza Davoodnejad's film Salve.
Image 1 of 12: Egyptian actor Izzat Abul Awf poses for a picture with fellow actress and former model Ragaa al-Giddawi (R) and an unidentified guest during the closing ceremony of the Seventh Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in the Gulf Emirate.
Image 1 of 12: Egyptian actor Khaled Abul Naga arrives to attend the Cairo Exit film premiere.
Image 1 of 12: Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy arrives to attend the Cairo Exit film premiere.
Image 1 of 12: French actress Catherine Deneuve poses for a photograph with the Chairman of the DIFF Abdulhamid Juma.
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched in December 2004 under the theme: Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.
DIFF is held under the honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by the Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone Authority.
As the previous editions of DIFF have demonstrated, the Festival not only presents cinematic excellence from around the world, but is also an important high-profile platform for aspiring home-grown talent. The Muhr Award for Excellence in Arab Cinema was launched in 2006, with the aim of recognizing Arab filmmakers both regionally and internationally. In 2008, the Muhr Awards for Excellence have been expanded to include two separate competitions, the Arab Muhr Award, and the AsiaAfrica Muhr Award. It also introduces a new programme segment dedicated exclusively to Animation