Doha Film Institute announced in May 2013, its spring cycle grants to include the feature length documentary film The Coming Attraction, directed by the Syrian filmmaker Nidal Al Dibs.
In the final cycle of DFI’s MENA Grants programme, 19 new projects have been selected for the 2013 spring session, including 11 fiction and 8 documentary films selected from 236 applicants. A significant increase in applications from North Africa was noted this round, as well as a marked rise in co-production applicants.
Paul Miller, Head of DFI Film Financing, said: “It’s fantastic to see the originality and range of themes and topics that our 19 recipients have shown in this round of submissions, as well as the large number of female and first- and second-time directors. This round of applicants impressed us with their highly personal stories that reflect the complex social and cultural realities of contemporary life in the MENA region. We look forward to working with them to bring these new projects to life.”
Miller concluded: “We have decided to expand our grants programme to allow DFI to have a hand in discovering the next generations of film talent from around the world. In the future, our grants scheme will allow for ever-increasing creative and cultural exchange among MENA recipients and talented individuals who represent film culture around the world”.
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