Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) have signed a formal agreement to promote filmmaking links between the two organisations.
As part of the first collaborative deal between the two organisations, four screenwriter graduates from Rawi – The Middle East Screenwriters Lab, an RFC programme undertaken in conjunction with Sundance Institute – have been selected to attend Dubai Film Connection to develop their projects further and network with the industry.
The four filmmakers include Mohammad Al Hushki – Coloured Feathers (Jordan), Shady Srour – Sense of Will (Palestine), Sylvio Sharif Tabet – Children of Oedipus (Lebanon) and Sally El Hosaini – My Brother the Devil (Egypt/UK).
DIFF managing director Shivani Pandya commented that both organisations “share the same goals of promoting filmmaking from the Arab world, and the partnership will further lend impetus to achieving our objectives”.
“This partnership will further enable sharing creative ideas, and enhancing chances for infrastructure and financial support, and is one of the many alliances we would like to form."
George David, who was recently promoted to general manager at RFC, added that this deal is “one step further towards a much needed regional integration in the film world.”
Although this is the first time the two organisations are signing an agreement, both have previously worked together on several initiatives to promote filmmaking in the region.
DIFF 2009, which will conclude today, has screened more than 160 films during the event.