By Sophia Savage | Indiewire August 11, 2011 at 2:15AM
The Dubai International Film Festival has extended its submission deadline for the fifth cycle of the fest's co-production market, Dubai Film Connection. Until August 22, scripts written in English, Arabic and French will be accepted, allowing a broader range of filmmakers to participate.
Since its launch in 2007 the Dubai Film Connection has chosen 15 regional doc and feature projects to develop each year, giving over $100k in funding in addition to help in industry networking. Eighteen of the 64 Middle Eastern projects debuted through the DFC have gone on to receive acclaim and 10 are in production.
Shivani Pandya, the fest's Managing Director, says, "We consider the growing filmmaker interest in our co-production market to be very positive, and have done as much as we can to accommodate their requests.”
More information on the fest's awards, history and submission details from the press release are below:
The Dubai Film Connection awards include a €6,000 prize from ARTE France; US$10,000 Film Clinic award for a debut feature film; three DIFF awards of US$25,000; US$15,000 Screen Institute Beirut DIFF Documentary Award; and five registrations for producers from the Arab world to the prestigious Producers Network at Cannes 2012.
The Dubai Film Connection's completed films include: Amreeka (Cherien Dabis, USA/Kuwait); The Avenue of the Wounded Palm Trees (Abdellatif Ben Ammar, Tunisia/Algeria); Beit Sha'ar/Nomad's Home (Iman Kamel, Egypt/Germany/Kuwait/UAE); City of Life (Ali Mostafa, UAE); Death for Sale (Faouzi Bensaidi, Morocco, France, Belgium); Everyday is a Holiday (Dima El Horr, Lebanon/France); The Fifth String (Selma Bargach, Morocco); Fix Me (Raed Andoni, Palestine/Switzerland); Man Without a Cell Phone (Sameh Zoabi, Palestine/Germany); Messages From the Sea (Saoud Abdel Sayed, Morocco); The One Man Village (Simon El Habre, Lebanon/Germany); Port of Memory (Kamal Aljafari, Palestine/Germany); Son of Babylon (Mohamed Al Daradji, Iraq, UK); Tangled up in Blue (Haider Rashid, Iraq/UK/Saudi Arabia/Italy); This is my Picture When I Was Dead (Mahmoud Al Massad, Jordan/Netherlands); We Were Communists(Maher Abi Samra, Lebanon/ UAE/France); Zelal (Marianne Khoury, Mustapha Hasnaoui, Egypt/France/Morocco/UAE); Zindeeq (Michel Khleifi, Palestine).
DIFF is currently also receiving entries for its Muhr Awards for Emirati, Arab, and AsiaAfrica films, as well as for the official out-of-competition segment at its eighth edition to be held from Dec. 7 to 14, 2011. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2011.
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