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DIFF unveils line-up for co-production market

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has unveiled the 15 projects selected for this year’s co-production market, Dubai Film Connection (DFC).

The projects, all from Arab filmmakers, will vie for more than $100,000 in award money and partnership opportunities, with the aim of helping the scripts reach the screen. This year’s line-up includes:

A Dog’s Tail, dir: Rami Yasin (Jordan)

A Full Moon Night, dir: Fares Naanaa (Tunisia)

Batata, dir: Noura Kevorkian (Lebanon)

Beirut Solo, dir: Sabah Haider (Lebanon)

Catch the Moon, dir: Sameh Zoabi (Palestine)

Counterbalance, dir: Selim Mourad (Lebanon)

Even Donkeys Have Remorse, dir: Shirin Abu Shaqra (Lebanon)

From A to B, dir: Ali F. Mostafa (UAE)

Ghost Hunting, dir: Raed Andoni (Palestine)

Kilo 56, dir: Mohamed Hammad (Egypt)

Me, Myself and Murdoch, dir: Yahya Alabdallah (Jordan)

Scars and Traces, dir: Remi Itani (Lebanon)

The Foreign Son, dir: Abdallah Badis (Algeria)

The Valley, dir: Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon)

You Are Algeria, dir: Farid Bentoumi (Algeria)

Since DFC’s inception five years ago, 30 projects have been completed and 13 are in various stages of production. Past participants include Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka, Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw You and Haifaa al-Mansour’s Wadjda, which Sony Pictures Classics picked up for North American distribution.

DIFF also recently announced further additions to the Cinema Of The World section in the festival line-up, including Cloud Atlas, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Roger Michell’sHyde Park On Hudson, Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet and Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires.

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