Producer Deema Azar Receives Exclusive Access to the Cannes Film Festival's Producers Network
Director Darin Sallam's Farha Film Project Wins ART Award at Dubai Film Connection
Director Darin Sallam and Producer Deema Azar's film project Farha has won the ART Award at Dubai Film Connection (DFC). The award comprises USD 10,000 offered by ART, for the second consecutive year, for the best film project screenplay submitted to receive the award within DFC.
Deema Azar is also among the five filmmakers who have been selected to receive exclusive access to the Cannes Film Festival's Producers Network, one of the world's most prominent film markets, where a group of the most experienced filmmakers from across the globe connect to share first-hand industry knowledge.
Within the same festival, Sallam and Azar competed with their short film The Parrot in the Muhr Short competition, where the film landed its world premiere as well. Co-directed by Sallam and Amjad Al-Rasheed, the film stars Hend Sabry, Ashraf Barhoum, Yasmine Ben Amara, Eyad Hourani, Firas Taybeh, Lara Sawalha, and Ahmad Al-Madani, and is written by Amjad Al Rasheed, Darin Sallam, and Rifqi
Darin Sallam is a Jordanian filmmaker who holds a BA in Graphic Design and received her MFA degree from the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts (RSICA). Darin made four award-winning shorts including the four-minute film Still Alive, which was the first Jordanian film to screen at the Short Film Corner of the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival in 2010, and The Dark Outside, which screened at many eminent international film festivals like the Carthage Film Festival and the Short Film Corner of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2013.
The Dubai Film Connection (DFC) is the co-production market of DIFF. Launched in 2007, the DFC aims to raise the visibility of Arab filmmakers and stimulate the growth of film production originating from the Arab world. The DFC brings international and Arab film professionals together to collaborate on the realization of approximately 10 selected projects each year.
DIFF is one of the most important film festivals in the Arab world. Every year, DIFF showcases over 120 features, shorts films and documentaries from around the world and hosts several world premieres, presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond, and introduces audiences to fresh new talent and original and distinctive filmmaking.