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Dubai International Film Festival Announces 2012 13 Enjaaz Projects

Mon Nov 26,2012

Dubai, November 26th, 2012 – Enjaaz, the post-production support programme of the Dubai International Film Festival, today announced 13 of the most promising upcoming films from the Arab world and Arab filmmakers that have been selected this year from amongst the record number of entries from the Enjaaz February and August cycles.
Audiences across Dubai will be able to enjoy a selection of Enjaaz supported films as they screen throughout the 2012 festival, which runs from December 9th – 16th, further enhancing the strong selection of Arabic films. Meanwhile with a view to of Enjaaz films, five of the 2012 projects will be available as WIP films in the Filmmart, the Middle East’s only state-of-the-art digital platform which looks to facilitate the sales and distribution of films.
Shivani Pandya, Managing Director of DIFF commented: “As filmmakers near the completion of their films, they often find that their budget has been exhausted. Enjaaz steps in at the crucial post-production phase, providing filmmakers with the resources to create the atmosphere, look and feel they envisioned for their films. Since 2009, Enjaaz has supported nearly 50 Arab and Arab-origin films films, and we are delighted to see more innovative projects, gripping storylines and brave ideas.”
“It is extremely encouraging to witness Enjaaz funded projects enjoy the attention of regional and international audiences and we are proud to be presenting a selection of Enjaaz funded films in DIFF’s 2012 line-up across a range of genres including 8 from this year’s cycles and 9 from 2010 and 2011 cycles including Blind Intersections, Round Trip, Yema and The Infiltrators,” added Pandya.
A core element of DIFF’s script-to-screen initiative, the Dubai Film Market, Enjaaz provides post-production support for up to US$100,000 per film to help filmmakers complete their projects and achieve the desired quality for their films. There are two funding cycles a year, in February and August, and the resources to support up to 15 projects annually.

The shortlist includes experienced and award-winning directors as well as first-time helmers: Zaineb Hates the Snow; Kaouther Ben Hania, Waiting for P.O. Box;  Bassem Chekhes’s, The Boromobo Monster; Bassem Fayad; Family Albums; Nassim Amaouche, Mais Darwazah, Simon El Habre, Erige Sehiri, The Man Inside; Karim Goury, Nesma; Homeida Behi, Line Of Sight; Aseel Mansour, Wadjda; Haifaa Al Mansour, A Letter To The King; Hisham Zaman; When Home Becomes Hell; Dalila Ennadre; It’s About To Rain; Haider Rashid, Baghdad Messi; Sahim Omar Kalifa, The River; Abdenour Zahzah.

The DIFF box office will open online on Tuesday, November 27th at www.dubaifilmfest.com. Additional information is also available through the Festival’s dedicated customer care number, 363 FILM (3456).

“Friends of the Festival” packages are now available for the upcoming 9th edition of DIFF. Film enthusiasts can select from any of the six exclusive tiers - DIFF Platinum Partner, DIFF Gold Circle, Patron of DIFF, DIFF Supporter, DIFF Genre and DIFF 10 and 25 ticket deals. In return, patrons will receive insider access to the Festival as an acknowledgement of their support for one of the most anticipated events on the UAE’s cultural calendar. For full details on each package and ticket purchases please visit www.dubaifilmfest.com, contact DIFF.Customerservice@filmfest.ae or the call centre 363-3456.

Tickets ‘One Night to Change Lives’ charity event to benefit Oxfam and Dubai Cares are available by telephone on +971 4 450 4531 or visit www.onenighttochangelives.com

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