DIFF Daily 2010

Dubai Film Market: Scripting Success On Screen

Dec 12,2010 - 02:14 PM

One of the major factors in DIFF’s success is the Festival’s continuously evolving industry programme, servicing all aspects of film production from script to screen. Unique in the Middle Eastern region, the programme has been revamped this year under the banner of the Dubai Film Market.

By streamlining its comprehensive suite of networking events, film sales, educational facilities, industry functions, international expert advice and financial awards, under one comprehensive programme, the Market is aimed at professionals at any stage of the filmmaking cycle.

There are a number of exciting new initiatives being unveiled at the Dubai Film Market this year. Full details are available at the Market in the DIFF Headquarters at the Madinat Jumeirah and online at http://www.dubaifilmfest.com as we,ll as over the coming days in the DIFF Daily - but for a quick overview, here are just a few of the most hotly-tipped:

• Interchange, in collaboration with EAVE and Torino Film Lab, a programme aimed at linking filmmakers with their peers worldwide offers the chance of building up long-term contacts and collaborators, an invaluable asset for any filmmaker.
• Meanwhile, The Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the co-production market, matches international and Arab film professionals to collaborate on the realisation of approximately 15 selected projects each year. Over the past three years, the DFC has showcased 46 films in development, as well as six works in progress, with 50 percent of all projects presented ending up in production.
• The Enjaaz fund offers post-production support for eligible filmmakers. Since the opening application cycle, 30 films have been selected, three of which (‘Hamama’, ‘Cairo Exit’ and ‘This Is My Picture When I Was Dead’) are all featured in the DIFF 2010 programme. Meanwhile, a week-long series of forums will tackle subjects ranging from dealing with commercial pressures, the Indian film industry and censorship. Finally, in a hugely popular move, the Networking sessions return – with eminent industry professionals available to all by appointment, for one-to-one consultations and expert advice.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: This Is My Picture When I Was Dead

A hard-hitting and sobering film, Mahmoud al Massad’s ‘This Is My Picture When I Was Dead’ represents a perfect example of the Dubai Film Market’s achievements in encouraging innovative new filmmaking from script to screen. A work in progress at the Dubai Film Connection in 2008, 'This Is My Picture…' secured the top DIFF Prize. Once in post-production, a bursary from the DIFF Enjaaz fund ensured the film was completed on time. And as part of the Dubai Filmmart, it is now on offer for international sales agents and distributors, proving the Dubai Film Market’s ‘script to screen’ philosophy really does work.

This is My Picture When I Was Dead screens on December 14 at 22:00 at MOE 1, and on December 17 at 22:30 at MOE 11

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