Crowd funding comes to UAE film makers

New online funding source launches in region.
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crowd-funding website that allows individuals to raise money for fresh ideas is set to be the first such initiative to launch in the Middle East.
The concept, brand new to the region, is designed to help talented individuals fund a wide range of ideas that includes film, television, art, music, photography and fashion from passionate like-minded individuals pledging support to help bring their idea to life.

Aflamnah Principal Founder, Vida Rizq said: “Money is always a huge barrier to creativity and raising the funds for an idea is incredibly challenging. The aim of Aflamnah is to encourage and change the lives of aspiring filmmakers or budding artists to raise the funds to get their projects into the public domain. Aflamnah is all about connecting creative people with audiences who want to help someone’s dream come true. People want to be inspired and want to embrace an innovative idea and support with an amount of money whether it’s $10 or $10,000.”

Aflamnah already has 4 confirmed projects that it will launch with on July 1. These include award-winning director, Annemarie Jacir’s new film When I Saw You which has almost finished post production and will be seeking funding for its distribution strategy. First time director, Dima Hamdan’s award-winning crime thriller script The Kidnap which is in final stages of development. Vancouver-based Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib is seeking postproduction funding for his documentary Music, Politics and Ecstasy. And author, director, critic and film industry veteran Viola Shafik’s feature documentary Scent of Revolution which commences post production in July.
Aflamnah has been set up in partnership with Virtuzone, Fujairah’s Creative City Free Zone in the UAE.
 

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