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Blessed Benefit wins Abu Dhabi Film Commission's 2011 Shasha Grant


Blessed Benefit wins Abu Dhabi Film Commission's 2011 Shasha Grant

Writer-producer Mahmoud Al Massad reveives a grant totalling $100,000 in addition to development support from the film commission.

Al Massad was chosen from a pool of six finallists and judged by film executives and producers from around the world.

Blessed Benefit [+see also:
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 explores the story of a construction worker who gets caught up in a business deal that lands him in prison, where he realises that while life inside might not be free, it may be better than the one awaiting him upon his release.

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Al Massad previously directed the documentaries Recycle and This Is My Picture When I Was Dead, both of which received support from the Sundance Institute.

"By cultivating the next generation of Middle Eastern filmmakers and fast-tracking the development process for them, the Shasha Grant remains a vital part of our mission to promote Abu Dhabi as a center of excellence in film development and production," Abu Dhabi Film Commission director David Shepheard said.

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