In a move to strengthen ties in the Arab film industry, the Dubai International Film Festival has partnered with the Cairo Film Festival to collaborate on co-production markets at the two festivals.

DIFF’s popular co-production market, Dubai Film Connection (DFC), established in 2007, will partner with the new Cairo Film Connection to introduce filmmakers to industry contacts.

DFC offers directors of Arab origin more than $120,000 in prize money. Also, this year Film Clinic Egypt will support a DFC award for a first-time film-maker.