The DFI Grants programme supports first- and second-time filmmakers in producing and developing their own stories. There are two funding rounds per year. Applications are considered from three regions, each with different eligibility criteria. Consideration for funding is open to feature-length films in development, production and post-production, as well as short films in production and post-production. Since 2010, DFI has provided funding to more than 138 filmmakers.
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.