Bollywood and DFTC appeal to Emirati screenwriters

This opportunity is open to Emirati screenwriters from all over the United Arab Emirates to write for a Hindi film. Writers must be over 18 and can register their interest on the DFTC website from July 6, along with their portfolio and experience.

Shortlisted applicants will then submit a story exploring the topics of their choice in the drama, action, thriller or romance genres. A panel of film industry experts will review the works before selecting a number of outstanding writers to develop a feature film script for participating Bollywood studios.

“Bollywood holds a special place in the hearts of natives and expatriates alike. For decades, Indian culture, from cuisine and fashion to film and song, has interacted with ours and has influenced. We are excited to enrich our relationship with greater cultural and creative engagement. This initiative aims to provide Emirati writers with a chance to demonstrate their knowledge and appreciation of the industry with their personal touch, while gaining experience invaluable working alongside established writers and directors from one of the biggest film industries in the world,” Saeed Aljanahi, COO at DFTC, said in a statement.

The program builds on the long-standing relationship between the UAE and India, which is marked by decades of cultural and social exchange. Bollywood films such as “Happy New Year” with stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, as well as “Raees” by Khan, “Laxmmi Bomb” with Akshay Kumar and “Partner” with Salman Khan have been shot over the years to Dubai. , many of which were also appreciated by local Arabic-speaking audiences.

This call is open exclusively to Emirati creative talents. Applications will close on September 4. Log on to the DFTC website for more information.