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Fajr Falestine fund to support projects about Arab world

A new film fund entitled Fajr Falestine will support the production of experimental narrative features and documentaries from the Middle East, with a focus on Palestine.
January 17, 2014

A new film fund entitled Fajr Falestine will support the production of experimental narrative features and documentaries from the Middle East, with a focus on Palestine.

The fund, created by directors Jessica Habie and Deema Dabis, will form a collective of five selected filmmakers who will receive financial support to make experimental works looking at political, social and cultural issues in the Middle East. The fund, managed and overseen by non-profit creative agency Eyes Infinite Foundation, aims to release five film projects every two years.

The inaugural group of artists will be chosen by a panel of judges including Amreeka director Cherien Dabis, Arab Film Festival programmer Laurence Mazouni, actress Najla Said, cinema scholar Robert Keser, director-producer Natalie Handalm, Palestinian artist Sharif Waked and director-producer Iman Aoun.

The fund’s first feature is co-founder Habie’s drama Mars at Sunrise, which will premiere February 7 and coincide with the announcement of the first panel-selected projects.

“We created the Fajr Falestine Film Fund in order to provide a new distribution avenue to a vibrant community of filmmakers and artists creating experimental films exploring contemporary issues in the Arab world,” said Habie in a statement.  “We strongly believe in the power of cinema to incite social change and are thrilled to offer like-minded filmmakers an opportunity to receive funding, guidance and distribution for their films.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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