11th Dubai Film Connection Co-Production Market

Call for entries

(Financing Forum: project in development – Feature-length narrative / documentary)

The Dubai Film Connection is currently accepting entries for its 2017 edition.

Please note that all applications must be submitted directly to the market.



The Dubai Film Connection supports projects in development with a director and a producer, who have not yet begun production/principal photography and that are still seeking funding.

  • Directors must be of Arab nationality or origin – shall mean people from one or more of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen;
  • Directors must have previous directing experience – short films or features or tv dramas;
  • The producer can be of any nationality and must have experience in production (experience in international co-production is preferred but not mandatory);
  • The project must be either a fiction feature length film intended for theatrical distribution or a “creative feature length documentary” (creative in this instance shall mean that the documentary expresses the personal vision of the director);
  • Projects will be accepted at any stage of development but they must be ready to be presented and discussed with potential partners.
  • A minimum of 20% of the total production budget should have been already secured.

Scripts ONLY will be accepted in Arabic, French and English. All other requested written materials must be submitted in English.


Launched in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) celebrates the excellence in Arab and international cinema. In 2007, the DIFF launched a co-production market – the Dubai Film Connection (DFC) – as part of its ongoing commitment to filmmakers of Arab nationality or Arab origin by organizing meetings with producers and seminars. An annual guest list of more than 60 international film industry professionals from over 20 countries are invited to attend the DFC each year.

The feature-film Amreeka, directed by Cherien Dabis (coproduction USA-Canada-Kuwait), and selected at Sundance Film Festival and at the Director’s Fortnight-Cannes in 2009, was part of the DFC in 2007.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montréal


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