Egyptian film project receives grant from Dubai Film Connection

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Dec 2015

The film project is one of six projects that were awarded grants at this year’s Dubai Film Connection

Hala Lotfy
Egyptian director Hala Lotfy (Photo: Al-Ahram)

An Egyptian film project titled The Bridge (El-Kobri), directed by Egyptian filmmaker Hala Lotfy, and produced by Mohamed Samir, received the Fortress Film Clinic grant from the Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the co-production market of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

The film project, which received USD 15,000, is one of six projects that were awarded grants that amounted to a total of USD 80,000, at this year’s DFC.

The DFC, which is part of the Dubai Film Market (DFM), grants funding and partnership opportunities to film projects on an annual basis. The DFC also offers the selected project teams the opportunity to meet and cooperate with important international and regional film industry professionals to bring their projects to the light.

According to a press release published on DIFF’s website, DFC “has supported more than 270 projects and co-produced more than 100 films which have gone on to enjoy critical acclaim and find new audiences across the globe,” since it was founded in 2007.

For her part, Shivani Pandya, managing director of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) asserted that, “this year’s selection of projects [by DFC] portrayed impressive quality, innovation, talent and diversification.”

“The region’s film industry has undeniably expanded through the assistance of supportive programmes like DFC and its umbrella, the Dubai Film Market, and we hope that DIFF’s contributions to promising filmmakers will continue to create remarkable films that will be showcased in coming editions of the festival,” she added.

The 12th edition of DIFF opened on 9 December and runs until 16 December.

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