Magazine article Screen International

Doha Film Institute Offers 27 Grants Including to Filmmakers Such as El Batout, Allouache

Magazine article Screen International

Doha Film Institute Offers 27 Grants Including to Filmmakers Such as El Batout, Allouache

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Global film finance and local finance also discussed at DTFF panel.

As the Doha Tribeca Film Festival continues, the Doha Film Institute has announced that 27 grants have been given as part of its autumn funding session.

The projects backed are by emerging and established Arab filmmakers, with works from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria.

The grants went to 11 features, 5 shorts, 9 feature documentaries and 2 experimental features -- chosen from a record 211 applications.

DFI CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater, said: "One of DFI's main goals is to support and facilitate filmmakers from the MENA region in getting their films made and their stories heard. Many of these stories are reflective of the social andpolitical changes happening in our region and show the unique power of film as a medium to express this. We're really encouraged by the breadth and depth of submissions from this session and as we continue to fine-tune our MENA Grants process, we will ensure we can support an even more dynamic slate in the future."

Paul Miller, Head of Film Financing at DFI, added: "The MENA grants were established to help first and second time filmmakers gain financing and to help more established filmmakers get support for artistic works which might otherwise struggle tosecure funding. Our 27 grantees are a blend of new and established filmmakers and they really depict the passion and determination of filmmakers in this region to tell their own authentic stories - from black comedies to political events, family dramas and changing societies. Their projects really give us a compelling taste of modern storytelling in this region."

The spring 2013 funding session, to be revealed at Cannes 2013, is open for applications from late December.

Doha Film Institute Autumn 2012 Funding Grants

FEATURE NARRATIVE - DEVELOPMENT GRANTSThe Bastard by Uda Benyamina (Morocco, France)Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf by Susan Youssef (Lebanon, US)Me, Myself and Murdoch by Yahya Alabdallah (Jordan, Palestine)Red Valentine by Amin Matalqa (Jordan, US)Wooden Rifle by Alfouz Tanjour (Syria)

FEATURE NARRATIVE - PRODUCTION GRANTSAli, The Goat and Ibrahim by Ibrahim El Batout (Egypt, France, Germany)Memories on Stone by Shawkat Amin Korki (Iraq, Australia, Germany, Sweden)Pillow Secrets by Jillali Ferhati (Morocco)Terraces by Merzak Allouache (Algeria)The Valley by Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon)

POST PRODUCTION GRANTSDie Welt by Karim Alexander Pitstra (Tunisia, Netherlands, Russia)

SHORT NARRATIVE - PRODUCTION GRANTSSelma by Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia)The Desert Fish by Alaa Eddine Aljem, (Morocco, France, Belgium)The Third Hand by Hicham Elladdaqi (Morocco, France)

SHORT NARRATIVE - POST PRODUCTION GRANTSIsmail by Nora Alsharif (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine)Though I Know The River Is Dry by Omar Hamilton (Egypt, Palestine)

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - DEVELOPMENT GRANTSGaddafi's Girls by Sylvia Stevens (Libya, UK)The First Supper by Jamal Khalaile and Pauline Carbonnier (Palestine, France)

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - PRODUCTION GRANTSA Djelfa-Dweller's Dreams by David Yon (Morocco, Algeria, France)Egypt's Modern Pharaohs by Jihan El Tahri (Egypt, France, US)Stars and Extras by Marwa Astanios (Lebanon, Egypt)What Comes Around by Reem Saleh (Lebanon, Egypt, UAE)

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - POST PRODUCTION GRANTSDemocracy Year Zero by Amira Chebli and Christophe Cotteret (Tunisia, Belgium, France)Somebody Clap For Me by Luciana Farah (Qatar, Brazil, Uganda, US)Waves by Ahmed Nour (Egypt, Morocco)



Meanwhile, overall investment strategies in the global film industry were a topic for a panel at the festival chaired by DFI's Paul Miller and financing expert Hal Sadoff. …

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