The film festival will now be held every two years, with the next edition to take place in 2019.

Last year it brought superstars like Cate Blanchett and Sir Patrick Stewart to the city, but the red carpet won’t be rolled out in 2018.

Organisers have confirmed that the 15th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will instead take place in 2019, and from then on will be held every two years.

In a statement, they said the move was part of a new strategy to support the growth and evolution of the film and content industries in the region.

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“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,” Dubai Film and TV Commission chairman Jamal Al Sharif said.

“Innovative new approaches and technologies are transforming the distribution of content and the craft of movie-making. As a forward-thinking player in the global film industry, DIFF seeks to embrace the future of the industry through this strategic shift.”

Al Sharif added that the final dates, details and new programme would be announced as soon as confirmed.

In its 14-year history, the festival has hosted almost 2,000 screenings and supported more than 200 Arab filmmakers.

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