Dubai Film Connection invests in Arab filmmakers

Projects receive $80,000 funding and partnership opportunities
Winners of the 2015 Dubai Film Connection initiative.
Winners of the 2015 Dubai Film Connection initiative.


Six projects have been awarded over $80,000 in award money at this year’s Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the co-production market of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

The DFC also brings together selected project teams from the Arab world with leading international and regional film industry professionals to collaborate on the realisation of the projects.

DFC will also offer five contributing Arab producers the incredible opportunity to participate in the Producers Network at Cannes Film Festival, where a party of highly-experienced producers from across the globe come together to share knowledge and forge connections.

Amounting to $80,000, the awards are a combination of a $25,000 DIFF prize and cash awards from renowned regional organisations:

$10,000 from Cinescape/Front Row
$10,000 from Empire
$15,000 from Fortress Film Clinic
$10,000 from Sanad Film Fund Abu Dhabi
$10,000 from ART presented to a fiction film project

DFC is part of the Dubai Film Market (DFM) which is now considered the leading industry platform in the region and the gateway to the one of the fastest growing film and TV markets in the world. Since its inception, the Dubai Film Market has supported more than 270 projects and co-produced more than 100 films which have gone on to enjoy critical acclaim and find new audiences across the globe.

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Shivani Pandya, managing director, Dubai International Film Festival said: “Dubai Film Connection has supported the development of more than 120 projects since its establishment in 2007. This year’s selection of projects portrayed impressive quality, innovation, talent and diversification. The region’s film industry has undeniably expanded through the assistance of supportive programmes like DFC and its umbrella, the Dubai Film Market, and we hope that DIFF’s contributions to promising filmmakers will continue to create remarkable films that will be showcased in coming editions of the Festival.”

Dubai Film Connection Award Winners - 2015
DIFF Award – $25,000

Winning Project: WAJIB
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Producer: Ossama Bawardi
ART Award – $10,000

Winning Project: THE MAIDEN’S POND
Director: Bassem Breiche
Producer: Roman Roitman
Cinescape/Front Row Award – USD 10,000

Director: Yahya Alabdallah
Producer: Rula Nasser
Empire Award – $10,000

Winning Project: DAOUD’S WINTER
Director: Koutaiba Al-Janabi
Producer: Trent
Fortress Film Clinic – $15,000

Winning Project: THE BRIDGE
Director: Hala Lotfy
Producer: Mohamed Samir
Sanad Film Fund Abu Dhabi Award – $10,000

Winning Project: WEIGHT THROWERS
Director: Hind Bensari
Producer: Vibeke Vogel

Producers Network Accreditations
1. Rami Nihawi (Ibrahim)
2. Myriam Sassine (The Inheritor)
3. Rula Nasser (Papion on Top of the Water Tank)
4. Lamia Chraibi (A Step Behind the Sun)
5. Ossama Bawardi (Wajib)


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