MAFF Development Funding aspires to stimulate co-productions between Sweden and the Arab countries and is available for feature films, short films, and documentaries. MAFF offers development funding to emerging and established filmmakers who have a compelling and distinctive story to tell. Our mission is to encourage and enable filmmakers to develop their work and ambitions. We are also keen to encourage films with Arabic cultural content, reflecting the Arab world and Arab life, as part of our portfolio.


The submission for MAFF Development Funding is closed




MAFF Development Funding is an initiative aiming to create a platform for new international partnerships and innovative stories that concern issues of identity, exile, and diversity. MAFF Development Funding focuses on providing support to film projects that are a collaboration between an Arab and Swedish producer as well as being in a state of development. Projects should focus on issues that concern Arab culture, identity, and exile or are co-produced by Swedish and Arabic producers.

MAFF Development Funding is established with the aim of creating a platform for new international partnership, and thereby lay the basis for a wider diversity in film production. The initiative is established for three types of film projects – feature, short and documentary.


The project representatives that are invited to attend the MAFF Market Forum, 6-8 October, will have the chance to present their work to a panel of carefully selected jury members. For each category there will be a winning project.


Projects 2018!

For the 4th edition of MAFF Market Forum for Co-production of feature, short and documentary films in development we have received no less than 38 eligible projects from the Arabic countries and Sweden.

The selection process was tough, as we have received many interesting projects. However, in the final stages, the true standout films and projects were discussed and considered at length by the entire selection committee and festival director. And now MAFF is proud to announce the projects and films in competition for MAFF Development!


Check out the chosen projects selected to compete in the Development Funding!


Prizes for Development Funding:

Feature: 150 000 SEK / in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute

Documentary: 50 000 SEK / in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute

Short: 30 000 / in cooperation with Film i Skåne


Match Made in MAFF

The screenings will be followed by a day of pre-arranged one-on-one meetings tailored to the needs of the project at hand in which participants present their projects to industry experts and cover a broad range of subjects, from financing strategies and legal considerations for co-production to festival strategies and sales.