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The Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the co-production platform of the Dubai Film Market focused on Arab cinema, today unveiled the lineup of 13 projects that will feature in the 2016 edition and compete for crucial funding to bring the works to life. Running from December 9 to 11 during the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, DFC will bring 13 film projects from across the region to the Festival to benefit from networking opportunities and funding support.

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 organizations as part of Dubai Film Connection which 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.”


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