Bahrain government to fund DIFF-nominated film

Minister of state signs funding deal for The Sleeping Tree.
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A deal has been signed to develop a Bahraini feature film that revolves around a family profoundly affected by illness, but also highlights the kingdom’s cultural identity.

Minister of State for Information Affairs Sameera Rajab has now signed a production agreement for the film entitled The Sleeping Tree, which has been written by Fareed Ramadan and will be directed by Mohammed Rashed Buali, according to a report in the Gulf daily News.

It was one of four movie concepts nominated for the annual IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award at the Dubai International Film Festival last year.

Buali earlier told the GDN that despite interest from financiers in the UAE and Kuwait, he was hoping for sponsors from Bahrain.

"We had hoped for the Bahrain government to back the film," he said. "It gives integrity and trust to the project. We're very grateful for the minister's support. Her backing will support the film in a big way, and put us in the right direction in the following months.

"This kind of governmental support will renew the belief and trust of supporters, backers and lovers of cinema in Bahrain,” he added.

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