A Palestinian-UK coproduction has taken out this year's US$25,000 Desert Door DIFF Work in Progress Award.
Zindeeq, directed by Michel Khleifi and produced by Omar Al Qattan, tells the story of an exiled Palestinian filmmaker who documents memories of the 1948 'Nakba' and now has to return home to face his own fears.
The production house will sponsor three more such awards at the next three editions of the Dubai Film Festival.
Last year, the award from the Dubai-based production house was won by Every Day is Holiday, directed by Dima Al Hurr. The film saw its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada last September.
Mohammed Kateeb, general manager and managing director of Desert Door Productions, said the award aimed to “encourage talented Arab filmmakers”.
“It’s great to see that our award succeeded in helping a good film achieve completion and be premiered at a prestigious festival such as TIFF. This gives us tremendous motivation to continue to support such Arabic films. Desert Door Productions looks forward to some great productions in 2010 and we hope Zindeeq meets with similar success,” Kateeb added.