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North Africa Well Represented In Dubai Int'l Film Fest's Annual Co-production Market Selections

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act November 12, 2013 at 12:47PM

North Africa Well Represented In Dubai Int'l Film Fest's Annual Co-production Market Selections
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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the 16 projects that will take part in its highly successful co-production market for regional filmmakers, the Dubai Film Connection (DFC) - an initiative we continue to follow on S&A - with the aim of taking the participating scripts to screen. 

The DFC, now in its seventh year, introduces filmmakers from the Arab world to international film professionals and organizations and offers over $100,000 in award money. 

Since its inception, the DFC, whose mandate is to raise the visibility of and stimulate the growth of film production originating from the Arab world, has resulted in 35 films being completed - with a further five in various stages of production. Many have returned to DIFF for screenings and a number of them have enjoyed widespread regional and international acclaim. 

Shivani Pandya, DIFF’s Managing Director said: “This year we have selected the most ambitious project slate to date. Our lineup includes 11 narrative features as well as 5 documentaries. The total number and the overall caliber of entries far exceeded our expectations to the extent that we had to extend the parameters of the award to accommodate an extra selection – bringing the total number of projects to 16. The international film community is increasingly aware and excited about projects from the region, and the DFC is becoming the go-to forum for East-West collaborations that reflect an increasingly globalized world.”

Participating Projects in the 2013 Dubai Film Connection, which includes several North African titles, include: 

Fiction:

A Reverence for Spiders, by Faiza Ambah / Saudi Arabia 

Bastard, by Uda Benyamina / Morocco 

Chedda, by Damien Ounouri / Algeria 

Gaza, DC, by Rashid Masharawi / Palestine

God Protect My Daughter, by Leyla Bouzid / Tunisia 

Heatwave, by Joyce A. Nashawati / Lebanon 

Kharouf, by Ahmed Ibrahim / Egypt 

Trees Also Die, by Rabih El-Amine/ Lebanon

Until the End of Time, by Yasmine Chouikh / Algeria 

Men in the Sun, by Mahdi Fleifel / Palestine 

The Flag, by Firas Khoury / Palestine


Documentary

Dangerous Profiles, by Mark Lotfy / Egypt 

Even to China, by Yanis Koussim, Mohamed Hireche / Algeria 

Illusion, by Bavi Yassin / Iraq 

The Forgotten, by Ghada Terawi / Palestine 

The True Story Behind Me by Maryam S. Jum’a / Jordan 

Look for individual highlights of these projects.

The Dubai Film Connection awards include a new EUR10,000 award from the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) in France, a $10,000 prize from Front Row Filmed Entertainment and the Kuwait National Cinema Company, a EUR6,000 prize from ARTE France, three DIFF awards of $25,000, a EUR5,000 award to a project that is from a member country of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and five accreditations for producers from the Arab world to the prestigious Producers Network at Cannes 2013

The DFC has been running as a sidebar of the Dubai Film Market, DIFF’s platform for industry programming which includes seminars, networking events and pitching sessions, since 2007.

DIFF’s tenth edition will take place from December 6 to 14, 2013.


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