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DFC Awards Selection Process DFC Event Winners 2017 Rules & Regulations, FAQs

Rules & Regulations

Please Read The Following Rules & Regulations Carefully

Conditions of attending the DFC

The Dubai Film Connection (DFC) provides a platform for Arab filmmakers to promote their projects to potential financial partners.

Once the committee has made its decision, the selected filmmakers are contacted to confirm their participation and are asked to provide updated material for inclusion in the Dubai Film Market publication which is circulated to industry guests before the Festival.

Participation in the event entitles the project team to the following services and facilities:

  • Travel and accommodation
  • Extensive networking opportunities
  • Project promotion
  • Eligibility to win grants

In return all the selected project teams are required to:

  • Include the following line and DFC logo in the credit role, when their film is realized: "Presented at the Dubai Film Connection, DIFF 2017"
  • Logo will be provided electronically

Terms & Conditions for Award Winners:

  • Winners of the DIFF Award of $25,000 will be required to give DIFF first right of refusal to host the film’s World Premiere. In the instance this is not possible; the recipient will be obliged to offer DIFF the Arab film festival premiere - this applies to Arab film festivals both inside and outside the Arab World.
  • DIFF Award winners will also be asked to include the following in their films credits and all publicity materials:
    • “Developed with the support of the Dubai International Film Festival”
    • (Logo will be provided electronically to the winning project)
  • For administrative reasons the prize money is paid to the director but it should be noted that the money is intended as a contribution towards the realisation of the project and not for individual use.
  • Each year the DFC also has new and additional award sponsors. Some of these may require the winning project to also include a line in the credit role along with the sponsor’s logo. By submitting to the DFC and if your project is the recipient of one of these awards, you also agree to include these credits once the film is realised.


When is the submission deadline for the DFC?

The deadline has not been set.

What types of films are eligible for submission?

Feature-length fiction and non-fiction films are eligible.

What is an In Development project?

Projects in development are projects that have not yet begun production/principal photography and are still in search for production and funding partners.

Who can apply?

Teams made up of a director and a producer may apply. The director must be of Arab nationality or origin - Arab Nationality or Origin shall mean people from one or more of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
The producer can be of any nationality.

I don’t have a producer attached. Can I still apply?

No. The project must have both a director and producer attached. If selected, both director and producer must be present during the DFC one-to-one meetings.

I am of Arab origin but my film project has no Arab characters/subjects in it. What are the chances of my project being selected?

We don’t require the film projects to have Arab characters or subjects in them. The only requirement is that the director be of Arab nationality or origin.

I am not of Arab origin but my producer is. Am I eligible?

No. The director must be of Arab nationality or origin. The producer can be of any nationality.

Can I apply with more than one project?

Yes, you may apply with multiple projects but only one will be selected.

Can I Submit All the Requested Documents in One Project File?

No. Please submit each requested document as a separate file. Please make sure they are labelled in the following format: Document Type – Project Title (e.g. Script – As Time Goes By). Please make sure that the total of all the uploaded documents does not exceed 9MB in total.

I have submitted my project in the past but it was not selected. Can I submit it again?

You may submit your project again as long as there is a significant change since your last submission and this can be demonstrated. e.g.: a new producer is attached or the script has significantly changed.

When will I be notified if my project has been selected?

We will announce our selection at the end of October, beginning of November and will contact each applicant individually.

What should my financial plan look like?

Your financial plan gives the selection committee an understanding of how you plan to fund your film. It must include funds that you have already secured as well as those that are still pending or ones who you will be approaching. You can mention different financiers, including producers, funds, or awards.

Do I need money attached to my project to be eligible for the DFC?

No, this is not a strict criteria however it is preferable if some finance has already been secured for the project at the time of application.

What is a creative documentary?

A creative documentary expresses the personal vision of the maker. Like reportage, creative documentaries provide insights into the world around us; but they are also characterised primarily by artistic qualities: innovation, originality, professional skill, expressiveness and cultural/historical value.

I am unable to upload my files. Why is that?

There may be a number of reasons:

  • Your Internet connection is slow and time has run out.
  • Your file is too big to be uploaded (max. 9 MB file size)
  • Zip files cannot be uploaded. If this is the case, you will need to unzip and upload each file separately.
If the problem persists please contact us at Dubai Film Connection.

I keep getting disconnected before I complete my submission. Why is that?

Your Internet connection might be too slow. If this is your situation, please contact us for assistance at: Dubai Film Connection and provide us with a telephone number where you can be reached. Also, you may not have completed every section. Please make sure you do so before clicking on the Submit the Project button on the confirmation page.

I received an error message before completing my submission. What should I do?

Please take a screen shot and send it to us at Dubai Film Connection.
We will look into the problem and contact you as soon as possible.

I have already submitted a film in the past (for DFC or as a film submission). Can you use this film as an example of previous work?

No. We require you to upload your previous works examples to your submission form. The selection committee views the submitted materials online.

What will happen once I arrive at the festival and during the one-to-one meetings?

Please click on this link for complete information on the DFC Event.

I have made a mistake on my online form. What should I do?

To update your existing project information, please log in again using your DIFF username and password. Once you are at your dashboard, you can click on “View Submission” which will take you to a list of all the projects or films you have submitted. (applicable until the DFC deadline of August 1st 2017).

I have completed the application process. When can I expect to hear from you regarding the status of my entry?

We will send you a confirmation email once your submission has been received the deadline has passed and we receive all the required material (including your previous work).

Please contact Dubai Film Connection if you have any further questions.
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