Dubai International Film Festival raises visibility of Arab films in Venice
Wed Aug 29,2012
Dubai/Venice, August 29, 2012 – The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced today that 10 works by Arab filmmakers, endorsed by DIFF, will participate in the Venice Film Market at the 69th Venice Film Festival (VFF), running from August 29th – September 8th 2012. The line-up of ground-breaking talent attending from the region will have the opportunity to showcase their work to international audiences, at one of the most sought after slots in the film industry calendar.
The Venice Film Market, a new business platform for cinema professionals attending the VFF, will provide unique exposure and visibility to participating films. The market offers Arab films an invaluable opportunity to gain exposure at one of the world’s most established festivals and network at one of the most important markets in Europe. The inclusion of DIFF films in the Digital Video Library (DVL) also increases their commercial potential.
In addition, films funded by DIFF’s post-production support programme, Enjaaz, have been shortlisted to compete In-Competition at the Festival - “WADJDA” developed and directed by pioneering Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Mansour and “YEMA” a fiction feature directed Djamila Sahraoui.
Shivani Pandya, Managing Director of the Dubai International Film Festival commented: “We are delighted to announce our collaboration with the Venice Film Festival (VFF) and the Venice Film Market. One of DIFF’s core aims is to foster opportunities for regional filmmakers and help them achieve commercial success and our partnership with VFF enables us to realise this vision. The partnerships we have forged with international institutions are based on mutual respect and understanding. These relationships expand horizons and promote the growth of cultural exchange across the industry, as well as providing an incubator for new talent and supporting the advancement of Arab film.”
The films that are participating in this year’s Venice Film Market, are: “Uncle Nashaat” - Jordanian director Aseel Mansour, “Yamo” - Lebanese director Rami Nihawi, “Sector Zero” - Lebanese director Nadim Mishlawi, “Last Friday” - Jordanian director Yahya Al-Abdallah, “L’amante Du Rif”- Moroccan director Narjis Nejjar, “A 7 Hour difference” - the Jordanian director Deema Amr, “Gate #5” - Lebanese director Simon el Habre, “Habibi Rasak Kharban” - the Lebanese director Susan Youssef, “Shi Ghadi Ou Shi Jay ” - Moroccan director Hakim Belabbes, Amal - the Emirati director Nujoom Al Ghanem.