Dubai Film Market announces seven Enjaaz projects to receive production support in 2014
Wed Mar 05,2014
Dubai, March 5, 2014: Enjaaz, the production funding initiative of the Dubai Film Market (DFM) for the production of shorts, today announced seven of the most promising short films by Gulf filmmakers that have been selected as the recipients of Enjaaz funding.
Launched in 2009, Enjaaz offers production support to filmmakers of Gulf origin, helping widen the choice of Gulf films shown to audiences and supporting a sustainable film industry in the region.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi continue to partner with Enjaaz to strengthen the support for the production of Gulf short films and have collaborated on many of the projects selected this year.
Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Festival Director of GFF commented: “Enjaaz is committed to supporting the Gulf’s talented filmmakers and we’re pleased to be working with Image Nation to provide filmmakers with the resources they require to achieve the desired quality for their films. We are delighted to see more gripping storylines and artistic innovation every year and we’re pleased to be supporting their journeys.”
Mohamed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation, commented: “Image Nation is proud to work with Enjaaz to provide up-and-coming filmmakers from the Gulf with the resources and support they need to develop breakthrough work. We look forward to seeing the contributions these filmmakers will continue to make to the growing filmed entertainment industry in the UAE and the region.”
The list includes emerging filmmakers as well as experienced directors:
1. A Long Night, by Kamiran Betasi – Iraq
2. Bus 321, by Hussain AlMutlaq – KSA
3. Who Killed Sarah, by Mohamed Al Saber- KSA
4. The Deep, by Haider Rashid – Iraq
5. The Bad Hunter, by Sahim Omar Khalifa – Iraq
6. Souq Al Markazi, by Saleh Nass – Bahrain
7. Bicycle, by Aieas Jehad – Iraq
Films supported by Enjaaz are considered for GFF and DIFF each year, as well as travelling to other festivals worldwide. They also have the opportunity of qualifying for Oscar consideration for the 2015 Academy Awards if they go on to win at The Dubai International Film Festivals’ Muhr Arab Shorts competition.
Past recipients of DIFF’s Enjaaz support programme for short films that have gone onto achieve international acclaim include; It’s About to Rain by Haider Rashid, Baghdad Messi by Sahim Omar Kalifa and Cotton by Luay Fadhil.
In addition, full length feature films Oscar nominee Omar by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad and BAFTA nominee Wadjda by Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour received support from Enjaaz’s post-production funding programme.