Dubai Film Connection Award Winners 2013 at D.I.F.F 2013

Dubai Film Connection Award Winners 2013 at D.I.F.F 2013

Dubai, December 11th, 2013 By: Zulfiqar Shah 

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the winners of a series of prizes for projects participating in its Dubai Film Connection (DFC), a co-production market that pairs projects by regional film professionals with international producing and funding bodies.

The awards of over USD115,000 represent three Dubai International Film Festival awards of USD25,000, as well as cash prizes from international organisations, including:

•      The CNC Award of EUR10,000 for a fiction film project from the Centre National  du Cinema et de l’Image Animee, a French government body.

•      EUR6,000 from ARTE to a filmmaker for exceptional originality, writing style, and motivation.

•      The Front Row KNCC Award, presented to a fiction film project.

•      The New Century Filmmaker Award of USD10,000 for a filmmaker who aspires to usher in a new and unconventional cinematic vision in the Arab world.

•      EUR5,000 from the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, presented to a film produced and directed in an Arab country that is part of the Francophonie (Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, or Tunisia). In addition to the cash prizes, the DFC will also select 5 of its participating Arab producers to attend the Producers Network at the Cannes Film Festival, a high-profile networking series featuring producers from around the world.

Shivani Pandya, DIFF Managing Director, said: “Since the DFC’s inception in 2007, 35 projects have been completed and a further 5 in various stages of production–an excellent ratio for any project market, but even more so in an emerging film market where the industry is not mature. We recognized elements that were lacking in our regional industry and designed the DFC to unleash the potential of Arab cinema. We are proud that these efforts are paying off. The cash prizes at the DFC are meant to boost the projects we have chosen, and we look forward to welcoming them back at future editions of DIFF.”

The 2013 winners are:

DIFF Award – USD 25,000 each 

Winning Project No. 1:  GOD PROTECT MY DAUGHTER

Director: Leyla Bouzid

Producer: Sandra Da Fonseca

Winning Project No. 2: KHAROUF

Director: Ahmed Ibrahim

Producer: Samina Akbari

Winning Project No. 3: THE FORGOTTEN

Director: Ghada Terawi

Producer: May Odeh

The ARTE International Prize – EUROS 6,000

Winning Project: GAZA D.C.

Director: Rashid Masharawi

Producer: Habib Attia

OIF Prize – EUROS 5,000


Director: Mark Lotfy

Producer: Bassem Maher

Front Row KNCC Award – USD 10,000

Winning Project: THE FLAG

Director: Firas Khoury

Producer: Hany Abu-Assad

CNC Award – Euro 10,000

Winning Project: HEATWAVE

Director: Joyce A. Nashawati

Producer: Fenia Kossovitsa

New Century Filmmaker Award – USD 10,000

Winning Project: BASTARD

Director: Uda Benyamina

Producer: Marc-Benoit Créancier

Producers Network Accreditations

1.      Habib Attia (Gaza D.C.)

2.      Abdullah Boushahri (How I Got There)

3.      Bassem Maher (Dangerous Profiles)

4.      Palmyre Badinier (Ahmed in Wonderland)

5.      Silvio Saade (A Reverence for Spiders)

For further information on films at DIFF 2013, including screening schedules, please consult the festival website on

 About DIFF

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The 10th edition of DIFF is set to take place between December 6 – 14, 2013.

Dubai International Film Festival supports Expo 2020 Dubai Bid, UAE, is presented by The Investment Corporation of Dubai and held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, home to the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The Festival is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award and IWC Schaffhausen. For more and updated information about DIFF, please visit or join DIFF on   and 

Media Watch

Dubai International Film Festival is media monitored by Media Watch, the leaders in Middle East media monitoring services, the region’s only comprehensive news monitoring solution.

Salience Insight

Salience Insight is the media measurement division of News Group International – a global provider of business intelligence and media resource services.  With a team of more than 100 consultants and analysts operating in three key regions – Middle East/North Africa, Europe and North America – we serve 150+ clients globally.  Our senior team has decades of combined media insight and communications research experience.  Salience is one of the largest and most dynamic media analysis and evaluation companies in the world.