From 8 to 10 December 2017, at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF 2017), Nayla Al Khaja attended the Dubai Film Connection (DFC) – the co-production market of DIFF, to present her first feature film project, Animal. DFC is a platform allowing filmmakers from all over the Arab world to acquire supportive funding and partnership opportunities, and helping them to share their stories with international audiences.
Nayla Al Khaja participated in very exclusive networking sessions with leading international and regional film industry experts. Her participation to DFC was based on a range of criteria including quality of ideas, ability to reflect the diversity of filmmaking voices from the Arab world, project feasibility, ability of the production team to deliver the proposed project and the project’s potential for both international and Arab partners.
This year, at the closing of DFC, Nayla Al Khaja and her project were rewarded, as she was offered the prestigious accreditation to attend the famous Producers Network (CPN), the most important networking platform for film professionals. She will be at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, in France, to present Animal during a series of meetings and events facilitating international co-production. This will give her the fantastic opportunity to represent the United Arab Emirates in an international platform, while networking with professionals from across the globe: co-producers, sales agents, distributors, film funds representatives…
DIFF Managing Director Shivani Pandya concluded this year’s DFC saying, “The access and support provided by programmes like the Dubai Film Connection play a crucial role in the growth of Arab cinema and bringing the amazing work that come out of this region to an international audience. It gives us great pride to work alongside our returning and new partners to provide passionate filmmakers the chance to bring their work from script to the silver screen, and we look forward to seeing their amazing work come to fruition.”
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