Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the Dubai Film Markets (DFM) plans to strengthen its programme to further support filmmakers and promote Arab cinema on an international platform for the 12th edition which runs from December 9-16, 2015. The Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the regions co-production market will return to the DFM. Launched in […]
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the Dubai Film Markets (DFM) plans to strengthen its programme to further support filmmakers and promote Arab cinema on an international platform for the 12th edition which runs from December 9-16, 2015.
The Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the regions co-production market will return to the DFM. Launched in 2007, the DFC raised the visibility of Arab filmmakers and stimulated the growth of independent film production in the region. Over the years, numerous past DFC projects have found critical acclaim around the world.
Shivani Pandya, DIFF Managing Director said: Were very excited to reinstate the Dubai Film Connection. The filmmakers and industry professionals wanted it back and we listened. By offering the right networking and support opportunities the DFC opens doors for Arab talent to promote and develop their film projects and it becomes a platform for producers and funds to find the best Arab projects ready for production.
The DFC is now open for submissions for feature-length fiction and documentary projects in development by directors of Arab nationality or origin. The co-production market introduces Arab filmmakers to regional and international film backers and organisations. Deadline for submission is August 1st, 2015 and details are available at www.diff.ae.
Enjaaz, the Dubai Film Markets post-production and production support programme continues to go from strength to strength, lending invaluable backing to a further ten of the regions filmmakers.
The latest recipients of Enjaaz funding include: Mahmoud Al Massads Blessed Benefit, Jihane Chouaibs Breathe, Halkawt Mustafas El Clasico, Fares Naanaas Borders of Heaven, Fawzi Salehs Fish Killed Twice, Mai Masris 3000 Nights, Hany Abu Assads Arab Idol, Afraa Batouss Skin, Maryanne Zéhils The Other Side of November and Hakim Belabbess Weight of the Shadow.
Enjaaz is central to the DFMs strategy of developing the regional film industry by discovering and supporting filmmaking talent. By enabling more films to get realised, Enjaaz serves to diversify the choice of Arab films available to audiences. A total of 17 films supported by Enjaaz were screened at the 11th edition of DIFF and more than 110 films have benefited from the programme since its inception.
Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, the Official Festival-Time Partner of the DIFF, continue their support with the highly anticipated fourth IWC Filmmaker Award offering a cash prize of $100,000 which will help the winning filmmaker bring their ideas to life on screen. This collaboration reinforces IWCs global commitment to promoting the film-making industry and supporting talent in cinema with submissions opening later this month.
The DFMs most recent initiative, the Dubai Distribution Programme (DDP) launched last year to promote and facilitate the distribution of Arab films has achieved success with local, regional and international titles being picked up from DIFFs 2014 film programme. The DDP has expanded this year to offer greater opportunity for independent filmmakers to obtain distribution and showcase their films to a wider audience by screening films at MIPTV, the largest global distribution market and at the Cannes International Film Festival.
The Dubai Film Market (DFM), in partnership with the Marché du Film (Cannes Film Market), will present an exclusive screening of five Arab films in post-production amongst the works-in-progress line-up at this years Cannes Film Festival. Films part of the Dubai Film Market Goes to Cannes showcase will be screened to sales agents, distributors and festival programmers in Cannes, with filmmakers giving a brief introduction before showcasing excerpts from their films. In addition five filmmakers who showcased their films at DIFFs 11th edition and the winners of the The Reel Dubai Short Film Contest and The Samsung Short Film Contest will present their films in the Cannes Short Film Corner, an essential platform to show their projects to a massive audience, pitch future projects, and make many important connections with industry professionals from around the world.