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About Follow the Nile

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About Follow the Nile


Robert Bosch Stiftung – Germany, in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan, opens the call for applications for the first edition of “Follow the Nile” film development program.

WHAT IS “Follow the Nile” (FTN)?
“Follow the Nile” is a film development program that aims to strengthen film co-productions and networks between East and North Africa and the Levant. FTN offers 7 teams of two, the opportunity to develop their feature and short films, documentary and fiction into a packaged projects ready for financing. 

WHEN?
FTN’s first cycle will be held over three periods:
  • Kenya (August 2019):
    The participants will spend 10 days of intensive work on the idea that they applied with and start the writing process, with the help and mentorship of regional and international experts. The participants will leave Kenya to develop and write further, with the remote help of the experts.
  • Tunisia (November 2019):
    The teams will take part in the Carthage Film Festival, they will have access to all film screenings and most workshops and master classes, as well as one- on- one meetings with experts and a pitching workshop. Two teams will be selected to pitch their projects in Carthage and have a chance to win a development grant offered by the festival.
  • Germany (February 2020):
    The teams will be in Berlin during the Berlin International Film Festival, where the teams will be introduced to production companies and possible production funding opportunities. The program ends with the announcement of the winner of a development grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation.
Eligible countries:
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Eritrea, Burundi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Zambia, Djibouti, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria.

Selection Results 2019

The Jury Included:  

Ahmed Shawky
Baha’ Al-Hussein
Cindie Anne Sina
Fibby kioria 
Jihan El-Tahri
Judy N. Kibinge
Lynda Belkhiria
Mungai Kiroga
Peter Mudamba Mudamba
Talal Afifi

Participating projects for FTN first cycle:

Sweet Annoyance - Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, Mandefro Mehret Ayalew - Ethiopia
Amazigh - Salima Benmoumen, Said Gougaz - Morocco
Palestine’87 - Belal Alkhatib, Rufia Al-Oraidi - Palestine 
Abbas - Saif Elrabee, Waleed Alaa - Sudan
Boarders - Moncef Taleb, Alaeddin Abou Taleb - Tunisia 
The General’s Amnesty - Achiro P. Olwoch, Angella Emurwon - Uganda 
After the End - Jackie Lebo, Stephen Okoth - Kenya



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