Monday, May 28, 2012


Documentary Campus

Documentary Campus: deadline 1 June  (1st Workshop: 30 June - 5 July 2012 in Cairo and 2nd Workshop: 8-13 October 2012 in Tunis):

2 workshops to develop your story for the international market including sessions on storytelling, budgeting, legal aspects of international coproductions, trailers, project presentation and a small pitching session.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Who got funds in Lebanon ?

Who got funds from DFI ?

Feature Narrative – Production:
A Concert – Nadim Tabet (Lebanon)
Amira and her friends plan a concert in Beirut to help fund their own apartment and independence. Life has other plans.

Feature Narrative – Development:
Ideal Love – Dima El Horr (Lebanon)
Tamara, an attractive and sparkling biology professor, gets a taste of what could be love, and reconsiders migrating out of Lebanon.

Feature Narrative – Development
One Week Ago, Today – Rania Attieh (Lebanon)
An ageing prostitute takes charge of a young man with amnesia who is returned to his senile old father.

Feature Documentary – Post-Production:
Embers – Tamara Stepanyan (Lebanon/Armenia)
A grandmother and granddaughter explore nostalgia, history, ideologies, war and peace.

Experimental Production/Post Production:
Encounters – Sarah Francis (Lebanon)
Feature: A glassed van roams the city, home to a camera that encourages people to share a personal moment with this moving confessional.

DFI unveils first funding round of 2012

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has unveiled the 23 features, documentaries and short films that will receive funding as part of its 2012 grants programme.

This year’s grant recipients also reflect a rise in applicants from Algeria including Yanis Koussim’s featureAlgiers By Night and documentaries The Foreign Son, about a man returning to his homeland, and Matoub Lounes: The Story Of A Legend, about the famous Berber singer.
More than 40 film projects from over 10 countries received funding during DFI’s 2011 grants cycles, with most applying for production and post-production support. The DFI will also oversee a second round of funding in 2012.
Grant recipients for 2012 so far include:
Feature Narrative – Production:
A Concert – Nadim Tabet (Lebanon)
Amira and her friends plan a concert in Beirut to help fund their own apartment and independence. Life has other plans.


Aflamnah, the first crowd-funding initiative dedicated to the Arab World is set to launch on July 1

Calling all aspiring Steven Spielbergs, budding Andy Warhols and J.K Rowling wannabes Aflamnah, a phenomenal crowd-funding website that allows individuals to raise money for fresh ideas is set to be the first such initiative to launch in the Middle East.

The concept, brand new to the region, is designed to help talented individuals fund a wide range of ideas that includes film, television, art, music, photography and fashion from passionate like-minded individuals pledging support to help bring their idea to life.

Tropfest Arabia

A new short film festival targeting the MENA region


A prestigious festival, an educated audience, critics, an opportunity to sell, a professional market, screening and pitching sessions, training, talks, lectures, professional meetings, a privileged position, the beauty of the Canary Islands, a superb climate, good documentary cinema, contacts, projects, good projections, friendship and the entire world looking at documentaries. Despite the crisis and the difficulties, here we are again. We are certain that nobody will treat your film and you yourself better than MiradasDoc.
MiradasDoc is opening for registrations between 15th May and 30th June.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Primed Cmca


Primed - 17th edition - Marseille, June 2013

International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary Film and Reportage
(on the occasion of Marseille - Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture)

Deadline for registration : 30th september 2012

2ème session 2012 de la commission « télévision » du Fonds francophone

La deuxième session 2012 de la commission « télévision » du Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud se fera du 1er au 31 juillet 2012 sur le site Images francophones.

Pour accéder à l’espace de dépôt de dossiers, les producteurs non inscrits doivent demander un mot de passe pour accéder à l’espace professionnel du site en cliquant sur ce lien.

La deuxième session 2012 de la commission « télévision » se tiendra en novembre.

Attention, le nombre de dossiers examinés par la commission sera limité à 50. Seuls les 50 premiers dossiers complets seront retenus.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Le Festival du FilmLibanais revient sur la scène culturelle libanaise pour sa dixième édition, du 23 au 26 août 2012 au Metropolis Empire Sofil.

Pour fêter ses dix ans, le festival développe une formule révisée autour d’une nouvelle équipe. Créé en 2001 par la société de production « ..né.à Beyrouth », le Festival du Film Libanais change aujourd’hui de direction.

Pierre Sarraf et Nadim Tabet, membres fondateurs du festival et respectivement Directeur du Festival et Directeur Artistique jusqu’en 2010, confient la gestion et la programmation de cette dixième édition à « bande à part », une nouvelle société créée et dirigée par Sabyl Ghoussoub.

Cette décision émane de la volonté de la boîte de production «..né.à Beyrouth » de recentrer ses activités exclusivement dans le domaine de la production. Néanmoins «..né.à Beyrouth » continuera à collaborer avec « bande à part » pour l’organisation de l’événement cette année. 

L’objectif du festival reste le même : donner une plateforme  aux réalisateurs libanais pour projeter leurs œuvres et rencontrer leur public, ce qui permet de promouvoir la production libanaise au Liban et à l’étranger. Le festival continuera à être également un découvreur de jeunes talents : rappelons que 30% des films sélectionnés sont des premiers films réalisés par ces jeunes cinéastes.

« Comme spectateur de ce festival durant des années, j'ai toujours pensé que la démarche de Pierre, Nadim et l’équipe  «..né.à Beyrouth »  était courageuse et juste, » explique Sabyl Ghoussoub. « Je me souviens aussi de mon expérience en tant que membre de l’équipe durant l'édition 2010 et espère conserver la même volonté qu’eux et poursuivre avec la nouvelle équipe, au mieux, ce festival. »


The Lebanese FilmFestival is back on the Lebanese cultural scene for its tenth edition, from August 23-26, 2012 at Metropolis Empire Sofil.

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Lebanese Film Festival, which was created by “..né.à Beyrouth” in 2001, has come up with a revised program set up by a new team.

Pierre Sarraf and Nadim Tabet, founding members of the Festival, respectively Festival Director and Artistic Director until 2010, entrust “bande à part”, a new company founded and lead by Sabyl Ghoussoub, with the management and programming of this upcoming edition.

This decision stems from “..né.à Beyrouth” ’s desire to exclusively focus its activities in the production field. Nevertheless, the production company will continue to work with “bande à part”, for the organization of this year’s event.

The aim of the festival remains the same: providing a platform for Lebanese Filmmakers to enable them to show their work and meet their public and thereby, promote the Lebanese production in Lebanon and abroad. The Festival will also continue to uncover new talents: 30% of the selected films are debut films by emerging filmmakers.

“As a spectator of this festival for years, I always thought that the approach adopted by Pierre, Nadim and the “.. né.à Beyrouth” team was brave and just,” said Sabyl Ghoussoub. “I still remember my experience as a member of the 2010 team and I hope that with the new team, we shall have the same drive and pursue the festival in the same successful manner.”

Films in development

by Elie Khalifé (Lebanon); 
producer: Francine Lusser (Switzerland) for Tipi’mages Productions

by Joyce Nashawati (Lebanon);
producer: Alexandra Boussiou (Greece) for Wrong Men

by Feyrouz Serhal (Lebanon); 
producer: Oualid Mouaness (Lebanon) for Roummana

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Global Film Initiative

The Global Film Initiative is calling all filmmakers around the world! 
Submit your creative films for this summer's Narrative Feature Film Production Grant Program. 

All aspiring filmmakers can participate with their feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production. Applications may be submitted from May 15 to July 16.

Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha, to head the selection committee for the fund’s first year, speaks to Euromed Audiovisual

France’s National Cinema Centre (CNC) has finally announced the launch of its newly created world cinema aid fund, l’Aide aux cinémas du monde.
The cinema institution said in a statement that candidates for the fund could start submitting their dossiers as of midday on Thursday, May 3.
The new subsidy, with a budget of €6m for 2012, replaces the CNC’s Fonds Sud, aimed at developing world filmmakers, and Aid to Foreign Language Films (AFLE), set-up in 1999 for directors who had made at least two features.
“The world cinema aid is a selective subsidy open to foreign directors from any country, presenting projects for a feature film with clear artistic ambition and a original vision of the world, and who have no way of finding the necessary finance in their own country,” the CNC said in a statement.
The amount granted to individual selected projects will be €250,000 for projects prior to production and €50,000 for films in post-production.
The new fund is a joint initiative between the CNC, cultural body the Institut Français, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
The submitted projects will be divided into two categories, one aimed at established directors and another at first and second-time filmmakers.
The presidents of the CNC and the Institut Français will decide the division of the subsidy with the expert advice of a selection committee composed of established cinema professionals. 
Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha (watch Euromed Audiovisual’s exclusive interview - Anonymes, The Sun Assassinated, Barakat!) will oversee the committee in the fund’s first year.
French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterand announced the creation of the new fund at the CNC’s annual conference in Cannes last year.
It has taken nearly a year to get European Commission approval for the subsidy and set the mechanism in motion.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Screen Institute Beirut : Call for application to Film Fund

Application deadline: 30 April 2012

The Screen Institute Beirut (SIB) Film Fund offers documentary production grants to emerging and proven talents in the region. Applicants are encouraged to produce films based on stories that relate to their own realities.

Priority will be given to creative teams (directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound recordists & designers etc.) working together on realising their artistic visions and thereby contribute to strengthen independent filmmaking in the region.

MEDIMED 2012: Call for documentary films and projects

Submission deadline: 30 June, 2012

The Euro-Mediterranean Documentary market will return in October 12-14 2012 for its 13th edition. This edition, which will take place in Sitges, Spain, will offer a complete roster of networking opportunities, industry conference sessions and market events and services, coupled with the finest in contemporary documentaries from the EU and the Southern Mediterranean countries.
Medimed 2012 is now calling for documentary films & projects. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2012. 

Namur International Francophone Film Festival, Belgium – call for entries

Registration deadline: June 1, 2012/ July 1, 2012
The 27th edition of the International Francophone Film Festival (FIFF) will take place from Spetember 28 until October 5, 2012, in Namur, Belgium.
The Festival will be screening abround 150 feature films from Francophone countries, amongst which fiction and animated shorts and feature films, documentaries and video-clips. The international competition for feature and short films is open to films made in Francophone countries after January 1, 2011, in French or with French sub-titles.
The jury will present several awards (Bayard d’Or) to reward the international sections with a total of €27,500.

34th Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film: Call for entries

Online registration is available from February, 13 to August, 31 2012

For its 34th edition which will take place in Montpellier (France) from 26 October to 3 November, 2012, Cinemed launches a call for entries.

More than EUR 60,000 in cash will be awarded to the winners, in addition to prizes consisting of different services and grants worth EUR 40,000 offered by sponsors.
Online registration of films to be selected for the different competition or panorama sections is available from 13 February to 31 August 2012

Deadlines for registration:
- Fiction features: 31 August 2012
- Fiction shorts: 13 July 2012
- Documentaries: 13 July 2012
- Experimental : 13 July 2012
- Development Grant: 13 July 2012

Submit your film for the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival!

Application deadline: September 1, 2012

Since 1989, the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival has presented a selection of recent film productions from Mediterranean countries, including Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece,Israel, Italy, LebanonLibya, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Montenegro, Palestine, Serbia, Slovenia, SyriaTunisia and Turkey.
The festival aims to allow audiences to discover films from these countries and to promote their distribution, as well as to inform about Mediterranean cultures.

Call for films for the PriMed, International festival of mediterranean documentary film and reportage

Application deadline : September 30, 2012

For its 17th edition which will take place in Marseille (France) fromJune 17 to 21, 2013, the PriMed - International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary Film and Reportage launches a call for films.
The PriMed is open to all directors, producers and distributors who, through their programmes or films, contribute to a better understanding of the countries of the Mediterranean basin in its widest sense, from the Atlantic coasts to the Black Sea. 

Nine Awards are given to the films in competition:
  • Grand Prix “Mediterranean Challenges” (6,000 €)
  • “Mediterranean Memories” (5,000 €)
  • “First Film” (5,000 €)
  • “Mediterranean Art, Heritage and Cultures” (5,000 €)
  • “Investigative Documentary” (5,000 €)
  • Special Jury Award (5,000 €)
  • Young Persons Award (5,000 €)
  • “Mediterranean Short Doc” (2,500 €)
  • “Mediterranean Multimedia” (2,500 €)

International Festival of Ismailia, Egypt

Call for films

Deadline for submission: May 1, 2012

The Ismailia International Film Festival for documentary and short films takes place every year in Ismailia (Egypt) to promote an intercultural dialogue for a deeper understanding of others by presenting their creative works to the audience and to encourage filmmakers of documentary and short films to continue.

Who got funds ?

From Région Ile de France,
Post Production support
"It's all In Lebanon" 
Director: Wissam Charaf
Producer: Pierre Sarraf / Monika Borgman

Media Film Factory call for application

Le nouveau délai de soumission au 2ème cycle de Med Film Factory est désormais le 29 avril 2012 !
Pour plus d’information, prière de consulter notre site

The Cinéfondation Selection

Fifteen films have been selected out of more than 1,700 submissions from 320 film schools across the globe. For the first time, a Lebanese school features in the selection, which covers fiction and animation and highlights films sharing the same film-making ambition and the expression of a very personal vision.