Industries & Festivals — November 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Dubai Film Festival announces 15 Arab projects for co-production

The 9th Dubai International Film Festival, which will be held on December 9-12, 2012, has unveiled the 15 projects from Arab filmmakers for this year’s co-production market the Dubai Film Connection.

Since the Dubai Film Connection was launched, 30 projects have been completed and 13 are in various stages of production.

DIFF’s Artistic Director Masoud Amralla al Ali said: “This year, across all our programmes we are bringing audiences a unique selection of films from both young filmmakers with daring visions and legendry acclaimed masters of world cinema who continue to excite us with bold and exhilarating stories. While filmmaking techniques and the technology continue to evolve dramatically, some aspects of good cinema remain the same – a powerful narrative, exemplary performances and the power to touch your heart.”

Past participants include Cherien Dabis’ “Amreeka”, Annemarie Jacir’s “When I Saw You” and Haifaa al-Mansour’s “Wadjda”, which Sony Pictures Classics picked up for North American distribution.

The festival have also recently announced further additions to the Cinema Of The World section in the festival line-up, including “Cloud Atlas”, Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”, Roger Michell’s “Hyde Park On Hudson”, Dustin Hoffman’s “Quartet” and Wayne Blair’s “The Sapphires”.

The projects will vie for more than $100,000 in award money and partnership opportunities, with the aim of helping the scripts reach the screen. This year’s line-up includes:

A Dog’s Tail, dir: Rami Yasin (Jordan)

A Full Moon Night, dir: Fares Naanaa (Tunisia)

Batata, dir: Noura Kevorkian (Lebanon)

Beirut Solo, dir: Sabah Haider (Lebanon)

Catch the Moon, dir: Sameh Zoabi (Palestine)

Counterbalance, dir: Selim Mourad (Lebanon)

Even Donkeys Have Remorse, dir: Shirin Abu Shaqra (Lebanon)

From A to B, dir: Ali F. Mostafa (UAE)

Ghost Hunting, dir: Raed Andoni (Palestine)

Kilo 56, dir: Mohamed Hammad (Egypt)

Me, Myself and Murdoch, dir: Yahya Alabdallah (Jordan)

Scars and Traces, dir: Remi Itani (Lebanon)

The Foreign Son, dir: Abdallah Badis (Algeria)

The Valley, dir: Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon)

You Are Algeria, dir: Farid Bentoumi (Algeria)

Held every December, the Dubai Film Festival attracts talent and celebrities from all over the world. It holds premieres of mainstream and regional films, shorts and documentaries – often on subjects rarely tackled elsewhere in the world. In recent years, DIFF has also started showcasing African and Asian cinematic talent.

DIFF also accepts films that have been submitted to other international festivals to help local talent gain global recognition and to further highlight the burgeoning film industry in the Middle East.

For visitors, DIFF is a festival like no other where film is used to cross boundaries, stereotypes and ideas, bringing a wide array of stories from local GCC countries to life.

For industry professionals, this festival is an invaluable week for networking and gaining support from programmes and initiatives associated with the Dubai International Film Festival.

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