Regional filmmakers moved a step closer to taking their scripts from the page to the screen this week.
The organisers of Dubai International Film Festival  announced the return of Dubai Film Connection (DFC), a market where budding talent can vie for money from an investment pot of $100,000 (Dhs367,000).
The DFC, which is now in its seventh year, has previously resulted in 35 films being completed - with a further five in various stages of production. These have included the internationally acclaimed ‘Wadjda’ (pictured) from Haifaa Al Mansour, Annemarie Jacir’s ‘When I Saw You’ and ‘The Repentant’ by Merzal Allouache.
“This year we have selected the most ambitious project slate to date,” Shivani Pandya, DIFF’s managing director noting that these include ‘Gaza, DC’, by Rashid Masharawi and ‘Kharouf’ by Ahmed Ibrahim. “The total number and the overall caliber of entries far exceeded our expectations.” DIFF starts on December 6.
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