13 Film Projects Shortlisted For 2016 Competition at Dubai Film Connection
Mon Nov 7, 2016
Crucial funding available for Arab talent to bring their developing projects to life
Top five filmmakers will also experience exclusive access to Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network
Dubai, 07 November 2016: The Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the co-production platform of the Dubai Film Market focused on Arab cinema, today unveiled an exciting lineup of projects that will feature in the 2016 edition and compete for crucial funding to bring the works to life. Running from 9 – 11 December during the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, DFC will bring 13 stellar film projects from across the region to the Festival to benefit from networking opportunities and funding support.
The unmatched location of DFC in the heart of the Dubai Film Market allows Arab talent to develop valuable partnerships with international industry professionals and seize opportunities to earn needed funding to help transform developing projects from script to screen. Devoted to nurturing and celebrating excellence in Arab cinema since its inception in 2007, the DFC has already helped bring more than 50 films from the Middle East to fruition; films which have gone on to achieve global acclaim after passing through the Festival’s doors.
With a vast range of highly sought-after awards to be won, this year’s competition looks set to be tough. The contending projects for the Dubai Film Connection 2016 are:
• A Girl Made of Dust - Hiam Abbass, Lebanon
• Algeria Is Still Far Away - Omar Haffaf, Algeria/France
• Farha- Darin Sallam, Jordan
• From A Palm Tree to the Stars- Leila Albayaty, Iraq/France
• Haifa Street- Mohanad Hayal, Iraq,
• In The Land Of Wonder- by Nadine Khan, Egypt
• Life = Cinematic Imperfections- Avedis Kaprealian, Syria/Lebanon
• The Great Family- Eliane Raheb, Lebanon
• The Treasure- Abdellah Taïa, Morocco/France
• Touda- Daoud Aoulad Syad, Morocco
• The Son of a Very Important Man- Najwa Najjar, Palestine
• The Notebooks- Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Lebanon
• Western Arabs- Omar Jarl Shargawi, Denmark, Egypt and Palestine
Helping emerging regional talent to release their potential has been made possible due to the generous awards from supporting organisations as part of Dubai Film Connectionwhich include: USD 10,000 Cinescape/Front Row Award; USD 10,000 from the ART Award; and USD 25,000 from the Dubai International Film Festival and euros 5,000 International Organisation of La Francophonie
In addition to monetary prizes, five of the DFC’s most talented producers will be selected to receive complimentary accreditation to the Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network, one of the world’s most prominent film markets.
Shivani Pandya, DIFF’s Managing Director, commented on the fundamental support the DFC provides to budding filmmakers: “Working alongside the Dubai Film Market, the DFC is an incubator for collaboration and development. It represents DIFF’s commitment to supporting the world of Arab cinema and provides an international platform for regional talent. The support provided by the DFC is vital for the growth of the regional filmmaking industry as the filmmakers and their projects include a vast range of explorative themes and intimate stories from the region, helping the cinematic excellence of the UAE and Middle East gain global recognition.”
Jane Williams, Director – Film Connection, added: “The Dubai Film Connection plays a fundamental role in supporting filmmakers from the Arab region to build strong networks with film industry professionals from across the international industry and provides vital funding opportunities to help bring their feature film projects to the screen. It is really fulfilling to be able to provide rewarding prospects to the talented producers from the Arab world, contributing to the future of the filmmakers as individuals and the flourishing industry as a whole.”
Ticket packages are on sale now for the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival which will take place from the 7th December – 14th December, 2016.