Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ashkal Alwan Documentary Film Commission – Call for Proposals

WHAT: Ashkal Alwan Documentary Film Commission – Call for Proposals
WHERE: Beirut, Lebanon
DEADLINE: September 30, 2010 
WHO: Filmmakers

Ashkal Alwan is launching a call for proposals for a documentary film that captures the cultural scene and artistic production developed in the Arab region over the course of the last decade or so.

The goal of this project is to educate and to attract attention and interest in contemporary artistic and cultural production, as well as current cultural theoretical and policy-related debates in the MENA region, with a particular focus on Egypt, Palestine, and Lebanon.

The film director/ team leader/ producing entity is encouraged to work with a team of researchers and consultants such as producers, artists, curators and critics to identify the main narratives. Since part of the film is to be filmed in Palestine, it is recommended that applicants with citizenship for whom travel to Palestine is not possible include a team member or a collaborating director/producer – Arab or otherwise – who would be able & legally entitled to make the trip and coordinate the filming and direction.

An independent jury comprised of cultural producers and professionals from the film sector will select only one project. The commissioning budget for the selected project consists of USD 45,000. Copyright of the finished film shall be the property of the author(s); please note however that in being a commission – and not a grant – the contractual and legal conditions that frame this project may follow certain standards associated with such transactions. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010. The selected candidate will be notified by the end of October 2010. Please note that rejected projects will not be notified.

Eligibility: Independent directors, producers, individuals or entities producing television, film, or video programming are eligible to apply. Applicants must hold artistic, budgetary and editorial control; and must be responsible for clearing and negotiating permissions with interviewees and rights of sampled copyright material. Please specify the nature of the receiving entity (individual, for-profit company, non-profit organization, or other), and be sure to provide proof of registration if not an individual.

The film should be completed no later than July 31st 2011. All other matters will be discussed and finalized once a project is selected.

Important! Although foreign co-productions, entities & team members are welcome, team leadership and direction must remain an essentially Arab initiative.

To learn more & to submit proposal, click here.

For more info, contact:
Amal Issa          amal@ashkalalwan.org
Nada Al Jobaily  nada@ashkalalwan.org
The Ashkal Alwan Documentary Film Commission is supported by the Ford Foundation.


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