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Dubai and Cairo International Film Festivals join hands to promote Arab film production

Wed Jul 21,2010

Signs partnership between Dubai Film Connection and newly formed Cairo Film Connection
Co-production markets support emerging filmmakers with access to potential funds and industry connections

In a significant regional first, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has joined hands with Cairo International Film Festival to further strengthen the Arab film industry. Aimed at lending momentum to regional film production, DIFF is partnering with Cairo Film Festival through a collaboration of the co-production markets of the two festivals.

DIFF’s successful co-production market, Dubai Film Connection (DFC) – established in 2007 - will partner with the newly formed Cairo Film Connection to provide Arab filmmakers access to potential financial and infrastructure support as well as valuable industry connections.

With the new partnership, filmmakers can apply to both DFC and Cairo Film Connection for support in realising their film projects. DIFF will award a selected project from Cairo Film Connection and invite the selected filmmaker to attend DIFF to explore further funding opportunities at DIFF through meetings with established industry players who attend the festival.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of Dubai International Film Festival said: “DIFF pioneered the concept of the co-production market in the Arab world with Dubai Film Connection, which has showcased 46 projects in the past three years 10 of which have been completed with a further 9 in production. We believe that to promote a regional film industry it is extremely important to bring Arab filmmakers into direct contact with the international and regional film industries, which is facilitated by DFC. The partnership with Cairo Film Connection will further expand our reach across the Arab world, giving more opportunities for filmmakers to accomplish their projects.”

The Dubai Film Connection offers directors of Arab origin more than US$120,000 in prize money and invaluable industry connections. The co-production market also matches the short-listed director/producer teams with specialists in film production, sales, distribution and funding to further their projects.

Winners at DFC receive three DIFF Awards each offering US$25,000 and the US$25,000 Desert Door DIFF Work in Progress Award. This year, Film Clinic Egypt extends support to DFC projects with an award of US$10,000 for a first-time feature filmmaker

The seventh edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2010 will be held from December 12 to 19. DIFF 2010 is held in association with Dubai Studio City and supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of DIFF.

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