The Dubai International Film Festival has launched a new film market for its fest that will cover every aspect of cinema from conceptualization to distribution.
The new Dubai Film Market will work “from script to screen” and will house the Dubai Film Connection, the fest’s co-production market, and the Dubai Film Forum, its hub for talent development, funding workshops and networking.
It will also house Enjaaz, the fest’s post-production support program and the proven Dubai Filmmart, previously known as the Dubai Film Market, specializing in content trade, acquisition and distribution.
“The new Dubai Film Market will allow DIFF to live up to its role as a catalyst for regional growth and enhanced global integration,” said DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali. “The new framework offers a single space for industry professionals from Europe, the Far East and the Americas to interact with the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, positioning DIFF as the place to be in our industry.”
The Market is expected to accelerate the fest’s growth – in three years, the Dubai Film Connection has driven forward 46 film projects, with more than 13 films completed and an additional nine nearing completion. This year, 15 new Arab projects will be showcased at the fest.
In two years, Dubai Filmmart fielded more than 530 pics, and generated more than $2 million in trade deals for more than 130 in 2009 alone.
This year’s fest is from December 12 – 19.