Dubai Film Connection to build-on City of Life

Co-production market opens to 2010 entries as project tally hits 46.
On the set of City of Life, an emirati feature that benefitted from the DFC.
On the set of City of Life, an emirati feature that benefitted from the DFC.

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The Dubai Film Connection (DFC) – the co-production market hosted at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) – announced that it now has 46 projects at various stages of development.

DFC is preparing to receive entries this month for the 2010 edition as it looks to continue its contribution to Arab filmmaking.

“The Dubai Film Connection has established itself as a tangible platform for Arab film-makers from around the world to accomplish their dream projects,” said Shivani Pandya, managing director, DIFF. “All completed DFC projects have gone on to win global acclaim. This is further testament to the growing international stature of the festival.”

This year’s fund for filmmakers now stands at US $120,000.

“One of the founding objectives of DIFF has been to encourage regional film-making talent, not only through creative support but financial and production assistance & know-how. Dubai Film Connection has successfully accomplished this goal, and has drawn the interest of filmmakers of Arab origin globally to Dubai,” she added.

DFC has played major roles in the realisation of several high-profile local productions including City of Life, Son of Babylon and Amreeka.

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