OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 136–September 2014
N.B. The information below is provided directly by the organizers of events, festivals, audio-visual organizations or independent film projects. The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) cannot be held accountable for it.
In this bulletin:
- Call for submissions: 11th Edition of the Dubai International Film Festival
- Call for submissions: Luxor African Film Festival Calls for Films and Applications for Workshops
- Call for submissions: Cairo’s Women Film Festival Seeks Films by Egyptian Women Directors
- Call for applications: Screening Grants Available for Human Rights Films
- Call for applications: Scholarship for one Palestinian Producer to attend EAVE’s Producers Workshop 2015
- Call for submissions: Contest Seeks Short Films about Tyre, Al Bass, Kerkouane and Carthage
- Call for submissions: The 38th Göteborg International Film Festival 2015
- Call for participation: 5th Edition of the PugliaExperience as part of the “Apulia Audiovisual Workshop”
1. Call for submissions: 11th Edition of the Dubai International Film Festival
Submissions for the 11th edition of The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) which will take place from
December 10 – 17, 2014 are now open.
Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region.
The 2014 edition of DIFF will present the following sections. DIFF is only accepting submissions for its Muhr Awards.
DIFF’s heavily contested competition for feature fiction and non-fiction; and short films originating from the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world will compete for the prestigious Muhr Awards.
- Muhr Feature (Non-Fiction and Fiction).
- Muhr Shorts (Non-Fiction and Fiction).
- Muhr Emirati (Non-Fiction and Fiction features and shorts).
Eligibility – Muhr Feature and Shorts Awards
- Films must have been produced after September 1, 2013.
- Films must not have been screened in the Gulf region for any audiences before the 11th edition of DIFF. Exceptions maybe applied on case-by-case basis for out of competition sections.
- Films must not have been entirely or partially broadcasted and/or made available on television, the internet, mobile phones and/or any other public viewing platform until the 11th edition of DIFF closes.
- Films that have been submitted to earlier editions of DIFF will not be considered unless substantial changes have been made since the initial submission.
Features: Films must be a work of fiction that equals or exceeds 60 minutes in duration or non-fiction duration equals or exceeds 52 minutes in duration.
- Films must be directed by a filmmaker of Arab nationality or origin.
- The subject and storyline of the films should be centered on the Arab world, Arab history and/or Arab culture.
Shorts: Films can be a work of fiction that does not exceed 59 minutes in duration, or non-fiction that does not exceed 51 minutes in duration.
Eligibility – Muhr Emirati Awards
The deadline for submissions is September 25th, 2014.
- Films must be directed by a UAE national filmmaker.
- Films can be a work of feature, documentary or short with no specific guidelines on the subject and storyline.
Entries of online submission forms and film screeners must be submitted by September 25th, 2014 by completing the online submission form in both Arabic and/or English (if applicable) prior to sending a screener whether as a private screening link or a DVD of the film.
To apply and for further information please visit:
2. Call for submissions: Luxor African Film Festival Calls for Films and Applications for Workshops
The management of Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), whose fourth edition will take place from
March 17 to 23, 2015, is calling for films for the festival's different competitions.
To be submitted, a film should be a 2014 African production by an African director, with a plot in
Africa, or related to Africa, and not yet have been screened in Egypt.
LAFF management is also calling for applications for a filmmaking workshop on screenwriting and directing to be held by Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima.
LAFF is organized by the not-for-profit Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF). It aims to support and encourage African film production and partnerships between African countries, notably through supporting ties between African artists.
To check rules and regulations and to apply please visit the website: http://www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com/en/Festival/Regulations
The deadline for film submissions is November 30th, 2014.
The deadline for workshop applications is December 25th, 2014.
3. Call for submissions: Cairo’s Women Film Festival Seeks Films by Egyptian
The 7th annual Cairo International Women's Film Festival is calling for films made by Egyptian women filmmakers to be screened during the festival as part of its National Panorama section.
Submissions may be fiction, documentary or animated film projects completed after January 2012.
The festival, which has been running for six consecutive years, will run between November 29 and December 4.
Copies of submitted films can be delivered between 11am and 3pm to The Culture and Scientific Renaissance Association on 15, Al-Mohrany Street, Al-Faggala, until September 20.
The Cairo International Women's Festival started in 2008 to showcase Arabic and Latin American films from female directors.
Over the last six years, the festival has held screenings in various other countries including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Spain, Bolivia, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Paraguay, Germany and Slovenia.
This year's edition will take place in three venues: the Cairo Opera House, the Falaki Theatre and the Goethe Institute.
The deadline for submissions is September 20th, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit: http://www.euromedaudiovisuel.net/p.aspx?t=news&mid=21&cid=4&l=en&did=2024
4. Call for applications: Screening Grants Available for Human Rights Films
“Movies that Matter” offers small grants and assistance to promote the screenings of human rights cinema worldwide.
These events can take various forms, such as mobile cinema projects, human rights film festivals, travelling film festivals, outreach programs, and educational activities at schools and universities.
However, “Movies that Matter” does not support film production.
Film screenings must contribute to discussion about human rights in the country or region in question. Projects must take place in one of the countries on the DAC List of ODA recipients or countries where press freedom is at stake.
These include: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
The maximum grant amount has changed. “Movies that Matter” now offers grants up to EUR 7,500.
The deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2014.
For further information and to apply please visit the website:
5. Call for applications: Scholarship for one Palestinian Producer to attend EAVE’s
Producers Workshop 2015
The British Council is to offer a scholarship for one Palestinian producer to attend the European
Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE)'s European Producers Workshop 2015.
EAVE is a professional training, project development and networking organization for audiovisual producers. Its workshop is aimed at producers with a documentary of fiction film project, who already work in the film and television industries and wish to increase their knowledge of producing or co-producing in Europe.
The scholarship will cover a student's participation fee with a project (feature or documentary) for the workshop, accommodation fees and part of the travel costs.
As part of the scholarship, three workshops will take place next March in Luxembourg, next June in Belgium, and in October/November 2015 in Strasbourg.
The deadline for applications is September 19th, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website: http://www.britishcouncil.ps/en/events/scholarship-eave-european-producers-workshop
6. Call for submissions: Contest Seeks Short Films about Tyre, Al Bass, Kerkouane and Carthage
Young filmmakers are invited to submit short films to highlight the archeological sites of Tyre and Al
Bass in Lebanon and Kerkouane and Carthage in Tunisia, as part of a video competition entitled "Mediterranean sights".
The contest is organized by the ARCHEOMEDSITES project, funded under the EU-funded Cross-Border Cooperation Program.
The contest aims, amongst other things, to:
The videos will be assessed according to their overall artistic quality and consistence with the objectives of the contest. The best film and its maker will be presented during an international conference to take place in Paris on November 8 as part of the 20th Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel, one of the largest fairs of its kind in Europe. In addition, the winning video will benefit from wide visibility provided for by the 11 organizations involved in the ARCHEOMEDSITES project.
- Promote knowledge of the target sites of ARCHEOMEDSITES and in general the cultural heritage of the three countries involved.
- Stimulate and encourage the dissemination, among younger generations, of a culture of cooperation and intercultural dialogue, and careful elimination of all forms of discrimination.
- Promote creativity as a function of communication projects of cultural heritage that goes beyond the geographical boundaries of the countries involved.
The deadline for submissions is October 6th, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit: http://www.enpicbcmed.eu/sites/default/files/mediterranean_sights_guidelines_en_def.pdf
7. Call for submissions: The 38th Göteborg International Film Festival 2015
The submission of international films to Göteborg International Film Festival (GIFF) 2015 is now open. GIFF will be taking place from January 23th until February 2nd, 2015.
The festival is accepting submissions for:
- Feature films available on 35mm or DCP, The length must be 60 minutes minimum.
- Documentaries available on 35mm or DCP. The length must be 45 minutes minimum. Please note that GIFF does not accept applications for international shorts.
GIFF has three competitions for feature length films:
To check rules and regulations please visit: http://www.giff.se/en/international-film-submission
- Dragon Award Best Nordic Film – open for feature films from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark.
- Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary – open for documentaries from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark.
- The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award – open for feature films by first and second time directors from all around the world.
The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website: http://www.giff.se/en
For any inquiries regarding the international film submission please contact: email@example.com
8. Call for participation: 5th Edition of the PugliaExperience as part of the “Apulia
PugliaExperience is a travelling workshop for professional scriptwriters. It is a highly specialized program that meets three main purposes of the Apulia Film Commission Foundation: promoting TV productions in Apulia, supporting training in writing skills and creating business opportunities for screenwriters.
Apulia Film Commission Foundation is organizing the fifth edition of PugliaExperience Apulia Audiovisual Workshop, two workshops for sixteen (16) professional scriptwriters from all over the world. This edition is focused on TV series.
This edition is organized in partnership with eQuinoxe Europe e.V., an independent, non-profit association founded in 2001 to support European filmmakers on an international level.
A final pitch session with a panel of international TV series producers will end the workshops.
- Proven professional experience as scriptwriter or director and/or certified qualification as screenwriter or director from specialist training schools or bodies (public or private);
- Excellent level of written and spoken English.
- Extra requirement (not compulsory) is: Proven professional experience as TV series scriptwriter or director.
Timing: the two workshops will take place from 17th November to 6th December 2014 (first session) and from 9th to 21st February 2015 (second session).
Pitch session: 20th – 21st February 2015
Location: Apulia region. The local area will be used as a large-scale “set” to inspire scripts for international TV series productions.
Number of participants: 16 (sixteen).
The deadline for applications is September 25th, 2014.
For further information please visit: http://en.apuliafilmcommission.it/projects/puglia-experience
To apply please download the materials from: http://www.apuliafilmcommission.it/wp- content/uploads/Call_Application_PugliaExperience_2014_2015.pdf
For any inquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +39 080 9752900.
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