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Enjaaz Short Films

Enjaaz is the production and post- production film funding programme at the heart of the Dubai Film Market. Enjaaz provides production financial support to film projects led by Gulf filmmakers and post-production funding to film projects helmed by Arab filmmakers.


  • Enjaaz helps discover and develop the Arab world’s exciting young talent.
  • Enjaaz brings out a diverse mix of short films that capture the spirit of Arab culture and the contemporary Middle East.
  • Enjaaz ensures the Gulf’s stories receive the maximum possible exposure connecting short films with a wide range of audiences on a local, regional and international platform.
  • Exposure to industry professionals and festivals around the world.
  • Enjaaz provides a springboard for filmmakers to develop their skills.
  • Enjaaz benefits from the exposure available through the Dubai International Film Festival – the only festival in the region with a dedicated film business market.
  • The Dubai International Film Festival is a great opportunity to get your film on the big screen, watched by an audience of industry people and by filmmaking peers
Emerging and established filmmakers from the region working on independent and commercial fiction shorts, are strongly encouraged to apply to Enjaaz.


The region is experiencing a cinema renaissance, as young filmmakers and experienced directors attempt to launch bold and exciting projects to share with a home-grown and international audience. Enjaaz is keen on supporting these innovators and ensuring their projects are completed and reach a wider viewership.

Enjaaz extends production support for short films by Gulf filmmakers. It is designed to encourage film production in the region and is available to filmmakers to help them complete their short films.

Enjaaz was designed for emerging and experienced filmmakers in the Gulf region to help them complete their short films and bring them to audiences around the world.

Launched in 2009, Enjaaz has supported over 120 Arab and Arab-origin feature and short films to date.

Enjaaz reserves the right to determine the amount of the grant awarded to each project.