Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Film Bureau Maps out Gulf Strategy

Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Film Bureau Maps out Gulf Strategy

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"The idea is to use our combined knowledge of development, education and financing, both regional and international, to help raise the bar here; gearing films, whatever their size, towards an audience and a more market-driven model of financing," said Miller [pictured].

Its first two projects comprise an Arabic-language adaptation of Rob Meyer's A Birder's Guide To Everything and Saudi director Shahad Ameen's mermaid fantasy Scales, which was one of the nominees in this year's IWC Filmmaker Award.

Strachan said the new entity would focus on script development, packaging and ultimately connecting projects with finance partners, both local and international.

"In the four years that I've been here, I've seen the whole region mature. We're getting much stronger scripts and writing levels have improved," said Strachan who headed up the development team at the DFI. …

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