In a piece of good news for regional filmmakers, Abu Dhabi’s Image Nation and Dubai Film Market have renewed a partnership which offers valuable funds to Gulf productions.
A total fund of Dh250,000 will be up for grabs for promising GCC-based filmmakers, as part of the Enjaaz support programme.
It marks the fourth year in which the capital’s leading media and entertainment company Image Nation has partnered with Dubai Film Market (DFM), the industry platform and business counterpart of the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff).
Originally launched in 2009 by Dubai Film Market, Enjaaz is a post-production and production support programme established with role of widening the number and reach of Arab films, and boast the region’s emerging film industry.
So far more than 120 films from the region have benefited from Enjaaz funding.
In 2016, the continued association with Image Nation will see a total fund of Dh250,000 awarded to five Gulf filmmakers working on short film projects. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts.
Previous collaborations between Image Nation and the Dubai Film Market include the social media campaign #SupportArabCinema and Arab Film Studio’s (AFS) new scriptwriting competition.
Shivani Pandya, managing director at Diff, said: “We are delighted to join forces once more with Image Nation, supporting the Arab world’s brightest emerging and established filmmakers is a priority for both of our organisations.”
Michael Garin, chief executive of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, said: “Our partnership with DFM once more underscores Image Nation’s and DFM’s ambitions to help develop a sustainable film industry in the region.”
Notable past recipients of Diff’s Enjaaz support programme for short films include It’s About to Rain by Haider Rashid, Baghdad Messi and The Bad Hunter by Sahim Omar Kalifa and Cotton by Luay Fadhil.
Source: art & life