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Dubai Film Market December 9-16, 2012

Dubai Film Market December 9-16, 2012

The Dubai Film Market is the business centre of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). It is the leading industry platform in the world dedicated to Arab cinema providing unprecedented insights to the region’s trends and access to the Middle East’s leading industry personalities. In 2011, the Market welcomed over 1,500 industry professionals including key decision-makers and trendsetters from more than 80 countries. The Market is the destination to discover the best cinema from the Arab world, Asia and Africa and has established several pioneering initiatives to showcase and support Arab film-makers. Dubai Film Market runs concurrently with DIFF and is conveniently located in the heart of the Festival Headquarters. Don’t miss the most exciting must-attend industry event in the region. 


Filmmart, the festival’s sales and acquisitions platform, will once again welcome more than 240 companies and 1,500 sales agents, distributors, producers, film-makers and TV buyers from the region and beyond. Located within the Market, Filmmart is the leading marketplace for Arab, Asian and African films. 

This year, Cinetech, Filmmart’s digital video library will feature more than 350 films. Selected titles will include films from the DIFF programme, the 2012 Gulf Film Festival, Market Recommended Titles, a selection from the Venice International Film Festival and Enjaaz supported Works in Progress. Cinetech allows viewers to contact sales agents, request screeners and above all, acquire films. 

Sales agents attending DIFF with a film in the festival’s programme have the added advantage of presenting up to a maximum of 3 films in Cinetech. 

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The Dubai Film Connection is a co-production market that selects and invites 15 feature fiction and documentary projects in development from the Arab world looking for co-producers and financing. To date, 26 projects DFC projects have been completed and a further 10 are currently in production. Selected film-makers are presented with the opportunity to discuss their projects with producers, financiers, film funds, distributors, sales agents and broadcasters. Attendance at DFC is by invitation only. If you are interested in receiving information about DFC contact:


Enjaaz is the Market’s post-production support programme specifically designed to support Arab films. Since 2010, 45 films have benefited from Enjaaz support. . Successful applicants are eligible to receive funding up to a maximum of US $100,000 per film. 

This year, 6 Enjaaz projects will be presenting their projects at the Market. Their films (works-in-progress) will be available for viewing at Filmmart’s Cinetech. 


The Dubai Film Market hosts the Forum, an invigorating series of international panels, workshops, master classes and ‘How to’ sessions presenting the most accurate and up-to-date information from the industry. The Forum also hosts invaluable networking opportunities during the Market.


The Festival’s training and partnership activities with leading international organizations and institutions include Interchange, a project development and co-production programme for European and Arab film-makers in partnership with EAVE and the TorinoFilmLab and supported by Media MUNDUS. 

The Exchange also comprises partnerships with the Arab Fund for Art and Culture – Lebanon; IWC Schaffhausen – Switzerland; Royal Film Commission – Jordan; Beirut DC – Lebanon; DoxBox – Syria; CPH:DOX – Denmark; India Film Bazaar – India; IFP – USA and San Sebastian “Cinema in Motion” – Spain. 

Selected film projects from our partners will participate at DIFF 2012. 


December 10th -13th
Dubai Film Connection

December 12th
Interchange Projects Pitching Event

December 10th
Forum – Broadcasters Day

December 13th
Forum – Documentary Day

December 10th – 16th
Daily “How to sessions” 9.30 to 11.00

December 10th – 16th
Daily Networking sessions 16.30 to 18.00


Jane Williams – Director Dubai Film Connection & Forum
Pascal Diot – Manager Dubai Filmmart


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