Here they are, the selected projects to compete at MAFF Market Forum 2019 funding programmes!

The projects for competition in the Development Fund & Post Production Platform have been chosen!

The 5th edition of MAFF Market Forum, the co-production of feature, documentary and short films in development stage, received no less than 54 projects from the Arab region, Sweden, and Nordic countries. And 45 projects in post-production platform.

 The Development Fund and The Post Production Platform are a way of promoting and supporting Arab filmmakers, but also encouraging cooperation between Arab and Nordic film industries.
The selection process was tough, as we have received many interesting projects. However, in the final stages, the true standout projects were discussed and considered at length by the entire selection committee and festival director. MAFF is proud to announce the projects in competition for MAFF Development and Post-Production Funds! 

Projects selected for competition in

MAFF Development Fund:


TO THE GOALSTRAIGHT, Arab producer: Safei Eldin Mahmoud, Swedish producer: Shaker K. Tahrir, director: Tamer Ashry, country: Egypt

I AM HERE BUT YOU CAN’T SEE ME, Arab producer: Nermine Haddad, Swedish producer: David Herdies, director: Feyrouz Serhal, country: Lebanon

COMMEDIA, Arab producer: Myriam Sassine, Swedish producer: Olivier Guerpillon, director: Myriam El Hajj, country: Lebanon

THE SEA NEEDS TO HEAVE, Arab producer: Alaa Alasad, Swedish producer: Helene Granqvist, director: Zain Duraie, country: Jordan

MOTHERHOOD, Arab producer: Sarra ben Hassan, Swedish producer: Frida Martensson, director: Myriam Joobeur, country: Tunisia


ETHEL, Swedish producer: Christer Nelson, director: Mohamed Siam, country: Egypt

LOOKING FOR SAADA, Arab producer: Rashid Masharawi, Swedish producer: Linda Mutawi, director: Areen Omari, country: Palestine

The day of Wrath, Tales from Tripoli, Arab producer: Jinane Dagher, Swedish producer: Sofia Reshmis, director: Rania Rafei, country: Lebanon


HABIB & THE THIEF, Arab Swedish producer and director: Naures Sager, country: Sweden

THE LAST DINNER, Arab Swedish producer: Eyad Eid, director: Wassim Kashlan, country: Sweden

A RESUME, Arab Swedish producer and director: Bassem Nabhan, country: Sweden

REPRESSION, Arab producer: Abed Lotfi, director: Mike Malajalian, country: Lebanon

THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, Arab producer: Mohammed Taieb, director: Mohammed Tawfik, country: Tunisia, Iraq, Denmark

Projects selected for competition in Post Production Platform:


MICA, producer: Lamia Chraibi, director: Ismael Ferroukhi, country: Morocco, France

FOR THE CAUSE, producers: Hassan Benjelloun and Rachida Saadi, director: Hassan Benjelloun, country: Morocco

THE WOMEN IN BLOCK “J”, producer: Rachida Saadi, director: Mohammed Nadif, country: Morocco

BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, producer: Mohammed Ali ben Hamra, director: Majdi Lakhdar, country: Tunisia

STATE OF AGITATION, producers: Elie Khalife, Nicolas Khabbaz, and Mahmoud Karak, director: Elie Khalife, country: Lebanon


SUSPENDED WIVES, producer: Karim Aitouna, director: Mariam Addou, country: Morocco

THEIR ALGERIA, producer: Marie Balducchi, director: Lina Soualem, country: Algeria, France

EXTRA TIME, producer: Eslam Mosbah, director: Alaa Mosbah, country: Egypt

CAPTAINS OF ZA’ATARI, producer: Dina Emam, director: Ali El-Arabi, country: Jordan, Egypt

At least one representative from the selected 22 projects will be invited, by Malmö Arab Film Festival, to attend the MAFF Market Forum (5-8 October). Once here they will get to pitch their projects to a jury of selected industry experts. We are very excited about the selection and look forward to the pitches!