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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the region’s leading film festival – a vital interface for Eastern and Western industry professionals and global cinema. Circo won the mandate for the closing ceremony of its 10th edition, an event that would capture all the glitz and glamor of the festival in the desert.

Our team navigated the challenges inherent in this unusual setting: using an extraction technique to transfer sand from the seabed to expand the grounds by 25m, bringing electricity to the location, and orchestrating a sumptuous dinner for 900 people. We kept the festival’s credo of ‘Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.’ at the heart of celebrations and live entertainment where international celebrities, delegates and local dignitaries mingled in an opulent and regal setting.

Artistic Direction, Motion Design, Logistics & Coordination, Event Production, Scenography, Storytelling, Video Installation