Calls for entry
(Financing Forum: Scripts in development - Feature-length narrative / documentary)
The Dubai Film Connection is currently accepting entries for its 2012 edition.
Please note that all applications must be submitted directly to the market.
Deadline for submissions :
August 1, 2012
The Dubai Film Connection supports projects in development with a director and a producer, who have not yet begun production and that are still seeking funding.
- Directors must be of Arab nationality or origin - shall mean people from one or more of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen;
- Directors must have previous directing experience – short films or features or tv dramas;
- The producer can be of any nationality and must have experience in production (experience in co-production is preferred but not required);
- The project must be either a fiction feature length film intended for theatrical distribution or a “creative feature length documentary” (creative in this instance shall mean that the documentary expresses the personal vision of the director);
- The project in development must be at an advanced stage i.e. ready to be presented and discussed with potential partners. A full draft script and a financial plan will be required as part of the selection process;
- All materials must be submitted in English.
For more information concerning eligibility and procedures please refer to the regulations and entry form.
Launched in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) celebrates the excellence in Arab and international cinema. In 2007, the DIFF launched a co-production market - the Dubai Film Connection (DFC) - as part of its ongoing commitment to filmmakers of Arab nationality or Arab origin by organizing meetings with producers and seminars. An annual guest list of more than 80 international film industry professionals from over 20 countries are invited to attend the DFC each year. Furthermore, the combined value of the DFC awards now stands at more than US$100,000, in addition to offering to five producers to participate to the Producers Network at Cannes Film Festival.
The feature-film Amreeka, directed by Cherien Dabis (coproduction USA-Canada-Kuwait), and selected at Sundance Film Festival and at the Director’s Fortnight-Cannes in 2009, was part of the DFC in 2007.
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