Dubai Film Connection - The Middle East’s Most Successful Co-Production Market Announces 2012..

Sun Nov 04,2012

Dubai, UAE; November 4, 2012: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed the 15 projects selected for participation in its highly successful co-production market, the Dubai Film Connection (DFC). The projects, all by Arab filmmakers, will vie for over USD100,000 in award money and partnership opportunities with international organisations, all with the aim of bringing their scripts to screen.
The DFC has enjoyed a remarkable success rate since its inception.  In the past five years, 30 projects have been completed and a further 13 are in various stages of production. Notable past participants include, Amreeka, by Cherien Dabis, which scooped two major prizes at Cannes, When I Saw you by Annemarie Jacir which has been selected as Palestines’ entry for consideration in next year’s foreign-language Oscar and most recently Haifaa al-Mansour’s first feature film Wadjda which is experiencing well deserved success and recognition on a world stage.
The Dubai Film Connection awards include a EUR6,000 prize from ARTE France, a USD10,000 Film Clinic award for a debut feature film, three DIFF awards of USD25,000, a EUR5,000 award to a project that is from a member country of the Organistaion Internationale de la Francophonie and five accreditations for producers from the Arab world to the prestigious Producers Network at Cannes 2013.
Shivani Pandya, DIFF’s Managing Director, said: “The DFC program has grown to the extent that we now face the challenge of selecting 15 projects out of the hundreds of high caliber submissions that increase year on year. Over the years the DFC has enabled filmmakers to achieve their cinematic ambitions and provide them with sufficient global exposure. Through the success of platforms such as the DFC and other support programmes offered through The Dubai Film Market the Festival is being recognised internationally as a full-fledged industry market facilitating regional filmmakers to accomplish their projects.”

The chosen projects this year feature a diverse selection of captivating and vibrant themes showcasing the talent and commitment of filmmakers who are striving to tell moving stories about or related to the region. 

This year’s DFC participants are:
• A Dog’s Tail—Dir. Rami Yasin, Jordan
• A Full Moon Night—Dir. Fares Naanaa, Tunisia
• Batata—Dir. Noura Kevorkian, Lebanon
• Beirut Solo—Dir. Sabah Haider, Lebanon
• Catch the Moon—Dir. Sameh Zoabi, Palestine
• Counterbalance—Dir. Selim Mourad, Lebanon
• Even Donkeys Have Remorse—Dir. Shirin Abu Shaqra, Lebanon
• From A to B—Dir. Ali F. Mostafa, UAE
• Ghost Hunting—Dir. Raed Andoni, Palestine
• Kilo 56—Dir. Mohamed Hammad, Egypt
• Me, Myself and Murdoch—Dir. Yahya Alabdallah, Jordan
• Scars and Traces—Dir. Remi Itani, Lebanon
• The Foreign Son—Dir. Abdallah Badis, Algeria
• The Valley—Dir. Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon
• You Are Algeria—Dir. Farid Bentoumi, Algeria

Jane Williams, Director - Film Connection & Film Forum, Dubai Film Market added, “One of the key defining factors of DIFF is the industry support and networking opportunities offered to filmmakers from the region to realize projects. In particular DFC is intended to stimulate regional and international film trade, combining business opportunities with support for Arab film-makers. DFM offers filmmakers a unique platform to achieve the true potential of their projects and further position Arab filmmakers on the international stage.”

Launched in 2007, the Dubai Film Connection is part of the Dubai Film Market, which also provides emerging filmmakers with industry contacts through networking events and targeted matchmaking with specialists in sales, distribution, and funding.

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