Five selected Gulf short-film makers to be given AED250,000

To give a boost to the short film makers of the Gulf region, submissions have been invited from talented persons as they will be awarded AED250,000 to showcase their film before the entire world.

Scene from the film 'Mariam' made by Saudi film-maker Faiza Ambah.
Scene from the film 'Mariam' made by Saudi film-maker Faiza Ambah. Photo courtesy: DIFF

In this connection, Dubai Film Market (DFM), the leading industry platform in the region and the business counterpart of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), together with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Middle East, have partnered for the fifth year to award five Gulf filmmakers for their short film projects.

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, DIFF’s Artistic Director, said, “Each year at DIFF we witness the wealth of regional talent from across the region and the Enjaaz programme continues to grow alongside these works and play a crucial role in allowing such stories to come to life. We are very excited to be working with Image Nation for the fifth year to discover a new slate of compelling films from the Gulf region.”

Flash is the first virtual reality film of UAE.
'Flash' is the first virtual reality film of UAE. Photo courtesy: DIFF

Submissions are now open to apply for the 2017 Enjaaz cycle for production funding. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts from Image Nation and Enjaaz who will select five filmmakers  who have submitted storytelling projects. The allocated funds will provide the chosen filmmakers with the resources they need to start or complete production and help them eventually present them to worldwide audiences. Submissions close on June 30, 2017.

Enjaaz has been an instrumental part of the Dubai Film Market, DIFF’s industry platform for Arab cinema and business epicentre of the Festival, having played a significant role in supporting Arab filmmakers with their productions, both during and post-production. The programme has become a wellspring for the evolution of cinema in the region and contributed to raising the profile of Arab films in festivals and film markets, both at home and abroad. Since the programme’s inception, more than 140 films have benefitted from the support system provided by Enjaaz.

Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, said,  “We value our partnership with the Dubai Film Market and believe Enjazz supports our shared ambition to further develop a sustainable film community in the region. We’re excited to see this year’s participants and look forward to helping launch the careers of this region’s future filmmakers.”

The 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will be held December 6 – 13, 2017. For more information, please visit