Beginning today, the 6th Annual Dubai International Film Festival promises to be bigger and grander than prevoius years.  The festival will begin with the all-star musical “Nine” and end on December 16th with the Middle East premiere of director James Cameron’s “Avatar.”  In between there will be 166 other films from 55 countries showcased. 

Along with film screenings, there will be several charity events going on.  Christina Ricci will be co-hosting the 3rd annual amfAR charity auction with Oscar-nominated actor Matt Dillon.  The auction will raise money for Cinema Against AIDS.  Queen Noor of Jordan is expected to deliver the keynote address for the festival’s Cultural Bridge program and movie legend Omar Sharif will also make an appearance.