Malmö announces the Projects competing in MAFF Industry Days 2021 funding programs

Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) revealed the list of projects selected to participate and compete for development and post-production grants in the seventh edition of MAFF Industry Days. The festival’s industry sidebar will occur during the festival’s eleventh edition between April 6th and 11th.

The festival chose 21 projects out of 73 that applied for participation, including 48 that applied for development grants and 25 applied for post-production grants. Selected projects compete for grants in four categories: development of short films, development of feature films, development of documentaries, and post-production grants for fiction and documentaries.

Founder and President of Malmö Arab Film Festival Mohamed Kablawi talked about the continuation of MAFF. Industry Days (formerly MAFF Market Forum), including grants. “To establish co-production between the Arab world and the Nordic countries was a commitment that we must strive to continue regardless of the circumstances. The continuation of the forum and the grant program supporting Arab filmmakers over the years is not open to discussion. As possible, and in compliance with the Swedish government’s laws regarding safety and public health, we decided to hold the upcoming edition of MAFF and MAFF Industry Days completely online to ensure everyone’s safety, including workers and guests.”

MAFF Market Forum Fund this year will distribute 12 different prizes with a sum that exceeds 115.000 US Dollars.

And here’s the full list of selected projects:

MAFF Development Fund

Feature Narrative Films

Goodbye Julia, Arab producer: Amjad Abu Elala, Swedish producer: Israa Elkogali Häggström, director: Mohamad Alkordofani, country: Sudan, Sweden

Diamonds, Swedish producer: Andreas Rocksèn, director: Dima Hamdan, country: Jordan, Sweden

Thirst, Arab producer: Fady Fahim, Swedish producer: Anna Maria Kantarius, director: Marwan Hamed, country: Egypt, France, Sweden

The Blue Album, Arab producer: Nidhal Chatta, Swedish producer: Linda Mutawi, director: Nidhal Guiga, country: Tunisia, Sweden


Feature Documentary Films

40 years of Silence, producer: Maythem Ridha & Zainab AL hariri, Director: Maythem Ridha, Swedish producer: Andreas Rocksèn, country: Iraq, UK & Sweden

Depot-Vente, producer: Clara Harris, Swedish producer: Mario Adamson, director: Cherine Karam, country: Lebanon, Sweden

Out of Place,  Swedish producers: Manolo Diaz Rämö & Beatrice Pourbagher Garcia, director: Mohamad Al Majdalawi, country: Sweden, Qatar


Short Films

The Birds Placebo, producer: Kahled Maimouni & Sarra Ben Hasan, director: Rami Jarboui, country: Tunisia, Norway

Torn, producer: Alexander Nilsen, director: Jahfar Mutaz, country: Denmark, Jordan

Cindrella, producer: Shaker K Tahrer, director: Ala’a Al qaissi, country:  Jordan, Sweden

A Flat For Rent, producer: Maher Abdel Aziz, director: Maher Abdel Aziz, country: Sweden

Sarah…Better Than Earth, producer: Linda Mutawi, director: Sherif Al Bendary, country: Egypt, Sweden


MAFF Post-Production Fund

I’ll Go To Hell, producer: Ismehane Lahmar, director: Ismehane Lahmar, country: Tunisia

All Roads Lead To Rome, producer: Lara Saba, director: Lara Saba, country: Lebanon, Egypt

Beirut In The Eye Of The Storm, producer: Sabine Sidawi, director: Mai Masri, country: Lebanon

Under The Fig Trees, producer: Erige Siheri, director: Erige Siheri, country: Tunisia

Then, producer: Saeed Rashed, director: Saeed Rashed country: UAE

Layla Departs Her Soul, producer: Fyçal Hassairi, director: Saer Mousa, country: Tunisia, Qatar and Turkey

To Where My Fingertips Take Me, producer: Jad Eid, director: Nada Ali, country: Sweden

Concrete Land,  producer: Sahar Youssfi director: Asmagan Brekat, country: Jordan

Nothing About My Mother, Producer: Latifa Doghri & Salem Trabelsi, director Latifa Doghri & Salem Trabelsi, Country: Tunisia