Magazine article Screen International

Dubai Film Connection Relaunches with 12 Projects

Magazine article Screen International

Dubai Film Connection Relaunches with 12 Projects

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Arab cinema focused co-production event the Dubai Film Connection (Dec 10-14) - taking place within the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (Dec 9-16) - has unveiled its 2015 line-up.

Returning after a one-year hiatus, the DFC has unveiled a packed slate of 12 film projects from Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco and Jordan.

Under new criteria for the relaunched event, the projects must have 20% of the budget in place.

"We were originally going for 10 projects but as there were so many good submissions we managed to squeeze in an extra two," said director Jane Williams, who has returned as head of the event.

Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, Lebanese filmmaker Bassem Breish and Egypt's Hala Lotfy will be among the directors presenting their upcoming feature projects.

Jacir will present her Nazareth-set dark comedy Wajib revolving around an estranged father and son forced to spend the day together as they deliver wedding invitations.

Breish's The Maiden's Pond revolves around the complex secret life of a woman living in a remote village on Mount Lebanon.

Lotfy's The Bridge tackles social injustice in Egypt through the tale of a woman whose son falls through a hole in a badly-maintained bridge, inspired by a true story that took place in Cairo.

The relaunched event also unveiled a new set of awards.

They comprise the $10,000 Cinescape/Front Row Award; the $10,000 Empire Award, $15,000 Fortress Film Clinic Award, $10,000 Sanad Film Fund Abu Dhabi Award, $10,000 from the ART Award; and $25,000 from DIFF. …

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