DFI’s MENA Grants support Middle East and North Africa (MENA) filmmakers in producing and developing their own stories. There are two funding rounds per year and applications are open to feature narrative, documentary and experimental films in development, production, post-production and prints and advertising and short narrative, documentary and experimental films in production and post-production.
Since 2011, DFI has supported more than 116 regional filmmakers with grants distributed to reflect the diversity of voices within the region with recipients hailing from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates.
Beyond the regional grants program, DFI also invests in a diverse slate of international productions to encourage greater collaboration, mentorship and co‑production opportunities between Gulf countries and the rest of the world. Co-financing applications apply to both MENA and international feature films, television and web series. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.