Delegation from AMPAS to attend the film festival in Dubai and present a series of events.

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has secured a partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will see a delegation attend the 10th edition of DIFF (Dec 6-14) to deliver a programme of events.

Highlights will include a panel discussion with members of Academy titled “Beyond the Oscars,” an open session that will provide an overview of AMPAS and masterclasses for filmmakers.

The delegation includes Sid Ganis, producer and former president of the Academy; Vicangelo Bulluck, Academy md of outreach and strategic initiatives; Ellen Harrington, Academy Museum, director of exhibitions and collections; and Academy members, directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur.

DuVernay and Kapur will present “An Academy Conversation on Directing,” where they will discuss their personal experiences and insights on the impact that changing moviegoer demographics and new technologies have on the filmmaking process.

DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity for DIFF audiences to gain an insight from Academy members about their craft, films and anecdotes from their illustrious careers.”

Last year more than 1,600 industry delegates from 88 countries,1,300 media delegates and hundreds of filmmakers from Asia, Africa and the Arab world attended DIFF.