The Dubai International Film Festial (DIFF) has unveiled the latest recipients of its Enjaaz funding programme, along with a new initiative, Filmi, which aims to support Emirati filmmakers.

While Enjaaz provides post-production assistance to filmmakers across the MENA region, Filmi has been created specifically to focus on filmmakers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In its first funding round, Filmi has awarded grants to Walid Shehhi’s Dolphins, which is currently in post-production, and Nujoom Al Ghanem’s Red Blue Yellow, which is screening at DIFF.

Of the 14 Enjaaz recipients, 11 are also screening at this year’s DIFF including Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl, which is receiving a gala screening, Phillippe Aractingi’s documentary Heritages and Kaouther Ben Hania’s Challat Of Tunis (see list below).

Since its launch in 2009, Enjaaz has supported more than 80 Arab films across two annual funding cycles. The next Enjaaz deadlines are February 1 and July 1, 2014.


The Mice Room – dirs: Nermeen Salem, Mohamed Zedan, Mohamad El-Hadidi, Mayye Zayed, Hend Bakr, Ahmed Magdy Morsy (screening at DIFF 2013)

My Name Is Mostafa Khamis –  dir: Mohamed El Kalioubi (DIFF 2013)

Heritages – dir: Phillippe Aractingi (DIFF 2013)

The Proof – dir: Amor Hakkar (DIFF 2013)

The Mulberry House – dir: Sarah Ishaq (DIFF 2013)

Searching For Saris – dir: Jinan Coulter (DIFF 2013)

The Factory Girl – dir: Mohamed Khan (DIFF 2013)

Adios Carmen – dir: Mohamed Amin Benamraoui (DIFF 2013)

Guardians Of Time Lost – dir: Diala Kachmar (DIFF 2013)

Sotto Voce – dir: Kamal Kamal (DIFF 2013)

Challat Of Tunis – dir: Kaouther Ben Hania (DIFF 2013)

Sound Man – dir: Khalil Elmzayen (Work-in-Progress)                    

I’m Dead – dir: Yacine Mohamed Benelhadj (Work-in-Progress)                    

Roshmia – dir: Salim Abu Jabal (Work-in-Progress)                    


Dolphins – dir: Walid Shehhi (Work-in-Progress)                    

Red Blue Yellow – dir: Nujoom Al Ghanem (DIFF 2013)