DIFF Daily 2010

Over 220 films participate in DIFF’s Dubai Filmmart for global distribution and outreach

Dec 12,2010 - 02:30 PM

The Dubai Filmmart, the trading and distribution platform of the Dubai International Film Festival’s comprehensive Dubai Film Market, has secured a record showcase of over 220 films from around the world for its 2010 edition.

Since its launch in 2008, Filmmart has fielded more than 750 films. In 2009, Filmmart facilitated over USD2 million worth in trade deals for more than 150 films. Last year, over 3,100 screenings were made for industry buyers at the Dubai Filmmart.

Industry buyers at DIFF will have one of the strongest repertoires of films to choose from including 103 films screened at DIFF, 43 films from the Gulf Film Festival, and 78 Filmmart-recommended films. The line-up includes 23 World Premieres, 6 International Premieres, 37 Middle East Premieres and 21 GCC premieres.

Ziad Yaghi, Director, Dubai Filmmart, said the trading and distribution platform has grown considerably over the past years by successfully accomplishing distribution deals for films from the Arab world to the wider international markets and vice versa. “Driving forward its objectives of maximising producer-distributor interaction, the Dubai Filmmart unites industry executives from all backgrounds and origins, to trade and distribute film content globally,” he added.

The films will be available at potential buyers’ fingertips via state-of-the-art touch screens, designed with sophisticated software which includes direct links to sales agents, at The Cinetech, the Filmmart’s digital video library, designed to assist buyers, distributors, and broadcasters with the screening process.
Through matchmaking sessions that connect prospective buyers with sellers, and consultancy services for Market delegates, the Dubai Film Market Private Meeting Lounge serves as a key networking venue during the Festival, attracting regional and international industry professionals.

Mohamed Diab’s ‘678’
Hesham Issawi’s ‘El Khoroug’ (Cairo Exit)
Zeina Sfeir’s ‘Beirut Al Mouss’ (All About My Father)
Abdulla Al Kaabi’s ‘The Philosopher’
Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Tang Shan Da Di Zheng’ (Aftershock)
Ahmad Abdalla’s ‘Microphone’
George Hachem’s ‘Rsassa Taycheh’ (Stray Bullet)
Daniel Rudi Haryanto’s ‘Prison and Paradise’
Mahmoud Al Massad’s ‘This is My Picture when I was Dead’
and many more!


Ashraf Ghori’s ‘Levity – Xero Error Minus 1’
Soniya Kriplani’s ‘DoBuy – The Fabric of Faith’
Bader Al-Hamoud’s ‘Dark’
Fadel Al Muhairi’s ‘Night Guard’
Hussein Abbas El Hulaybi’s ‘Longing’
amongst many others…


Houaida Azar’s ‘Beirut Express’
Chloe Mazlo’s ‘Deyrouth’
Sahera Dirbas’ ‘Jerusalem Bride’
Roy Khalil’s ‘Kil El Assafir Bit Sawfir’ (All Birds Whistle)
Ibrahim El Batout’s ‘Hawi’
Kim Longinotto’s ‘Pink Sari’
and many more!

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