15 DFI-backed films to be shown at Dubai fest

December 04, 2013 - 5:01:11 am

A still from the film Challat of Tunis.

DOHA: Fifteen films, including features, documentaries and short movies supported by Doha Film Institute, will be screened at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2013 scheduled from December 6 to 14. 

Highly original, exploring new narrative styles and rooted in societal realities, the films highlight the diversity of filmmaking in the Arab world and the growing participation of young talent in the industry. 

Several of DFI-backed films are competing in the Muhr Arab section of the festival. 

They  include short films produced with support of DFI’s Hazawi Fund, an initiative under its Gulf Film Development unit. 

The fund aims at promoting film production in Qatar and the region, providing opportunities to produce up to six high quality short films written and directed by Qatari and Gulf filmmakers annually.

Abdulaziz Al Khater, Chief Executive Officer of DFI, said: “We congratulate DIFF on its 10th anniversary and contribution to supporting the Arab film industry and talent. 

“It is wonderful to see that films backed by DFI — several of them international and regional collaborations — are increasingly gaining recognition at major festivals. 

“The strong line-up of films highlights the tremendous filmmaking talents in the Arab world, and reinforces our belief that with the right support, their stories can reach global audiences,” Al Khater added.

DFI-backed films include two co-financed projects, 10 grant recipients and three Hazawi films. Four additional projects financed by DFI are available for viewing through Cinetech, the festival’s digital video library for sales agents and distributors. 

The Hazawi-supported films which premiere in the Gulf Voices programme of DIFF include A Dream, Eye and Mermaid and Three.

The feature narrative and documentary film at DIFF, supported by DFI’s grants programme, include Champ of the Camp, the first feature-length documentary filmed in a UAE’s worker accommodation.

The five films in the Muhr Arab Feature programme include co-financed projects Ladder to Damascus and May in the Summer and three grantee projects Pillow Secrets, Challat of Tunis and Stable Unstable.

Screening in the Muhr Arab Documentary segment are grants movies Birds of September, Walls and People, Waves and My Love Awaits Me by the Sea.

Two short films — Blued and Playtime — funded by DFI’s Grants Programme will also be screened in the Muhr Arab Shorts category.

Additional projects available through the Cinetech platform include grant recipients Bastardo, The Rooftops, Though I Know the River Is Dry and co-financed project For Those Who Can Tell No Tales. The films competing for Muhr Arab awards stand to gain valuable prizes and industry contacts that bring global recognition. The Peninsula

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