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About DFM

As part of its ongoing commitment to stimulate regional film production and trade, DIFF established the Dubai Film Market (DFM) in 2007. The DFM is a unique platform that aims to raise the visibility of Arab cinema in the region and at an international level. Since its inception, the DFM has supported over 300 projects; bringing films to the screen which have gone on to enjoy critical acclaim and find new audiences across the globe.

The DFM is now considered the leading industry platform in the region and the gateway to one of the fastest growing film and TV markets in the world. It provides unprecedented access to the decision-makers from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. With an annual attendance of 4,000 industry and press delegates from more than 62 countries, the market is the perfect place to forge new business collaborations. The DFM offers excellent visibility to buyers, sellers, service providers and industry professionals through exhibition spaces, networking opportunities and a thoughtfully curated film library.

The DFM includes the below initiatives.

Dubai Film Connection

DIFF’s highly successful annual co-production market aims to raise the visibility of Arab filmmakers and stimulate the growth of film production in the Middle East.

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A state-of-the-art platform for the sales and acquisition of films and TV content.

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Provides vital post-production financial support to feature length film projects by Arab filmmakers and production for short films by Gulf filmmakers.

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Exhibition Stands

A dedicated space to meet regional and international film professionals, companies and institutions.

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The Dubai Distribution Programme

Which presents independent filmmakers with the opportunity to showcase their films to a wider audience.

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Bringing together international film industry professionals, the Forum is the market’s platform for the exchange of ideas and expertise.

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The DFM runs concurrently with the Festival from the 7th – 14th of December, 2016.