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For filmmakers with some connection to the Middle East and North Africa September has been the month of giving – or rather receiving – as SANAD, the Abu Dhabi film fund, made two grants announcements in as many days.Ben Hania received two additional grants.Two more postproduction grants, each of a little over $11,000, were offered by Knightworks and Paris' Titra TVS."House in the Fields" by Moroccan writer-director Tala Hadid, received a $16,000 postproduction grant from Rome's Laser Film, while Iraq's Hakar Abdulqadir was awarded distribution support for his project "Separation". The fund disbursed development and postproduction grants to 20 projects from the Arab world, selected from a record 178 submissions.Three Lebanese projects were in the roster – one in postproduction, two more in development. SANAD was pleased to announce that 50 percent of the grant-winners are female. Reading through a national lens, Tunis was the big winner, with five projects receiving development or postproduction grants.
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