The CineGouna Platform’s closing ceremony was held on Friday at the Festival Plaza, and the winning films and projects of the CineGouna SpringBoard were announced.
The platform aims at connecting Arab filmmakers with artistic and financial support, and this year, CineGouna SpringBoard received 99 submissions (65 projects in development and 34 films in post-production) from all parts of the Arab world. A selection of 12 projects in development (nine narratives and three documentaries) and six films in post-production (five narratives and one documentary) were chosen.
All the submitted projects had the chance of one-on-one meetings with filmmakers, industry experts and consultants to develop screenplays or incomplete versions of films.
The CineGouna SpringBoard jury included Clément Chautant, French sales agent and head of festivals at the Paris-based company Indie Sales; Lebanese director and producer Dima Al-Joundi; and Jordanian writer, director and producer Layali Badr.
Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani (Sudan) won the prize for best project in development (CineGouna Platform Certificate and a cash prize of $15,000) and Life Suits Me Well by Al Hadi Ulad Mohand (Morocco) received the prize for best film in post-production (CineGouna Platform Certificate and a cash prize of $15,000).
The award-winning projects and films of the CineGouna SpringBoard Sponsorship prizes were also announced.
Hamlet from the Slums by Ahmed Fawzi-Saleh (Egypt) received a prize of $20,000 from Shahid and a prize of $10,000 from Sparkle Media Services, as well as participation in the Film Independent Virtual Residency award from Film Independent and the US embassy, in addition to participation in one of IEFTA's partner development labs or workshops.
Bye Bye Tiberias by Lina Soualem (Palestine, France) won a $10,000 prize from iProductions, a $10,000 prize from Synergy Films, and $10,000 from Dakhli West El Balad by Al Ismailia for Real Estate Investment.
Hajj to Disney by Maha Al-Saati (Saudi Arabia) received a $10,000 prize from Arab Radio & Television Network (ART), and Seeking Haven for Mr. Rambo by Khaled Mansour (Egypt) won a prize of $10,000 from Rotana, and another $10,000 from Lagoonie Film Production.
A $10,000 prize from New Century Production, a $30,000 prize fund -- a minimum guarantee from MAD Solutions & Ergo Media Ventures -- and a $10,000 prize from Sparkle Media Services went to Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani (Bahrain, Sudan).
Streams by Mehdi Hmili (Tunisia) received $10,000 from Weyyak, and I Am Here But You Can't See Me by Feyrouz Serhal (Lebanon, Spain) was granted $80,000 worth of production services from Shahid.
The Maiden's Pond by Bassem Breche (Lebanon) received an award in the form of $50,000 pre-sale from OSN.
Life Suits Me Well by Al Hadi Ulad Mohand (Morocco) won a $10,000 full DCP package from The Cell Post Production, and $30,000 worth of VFX services from Mercury Visual Solutions.
Another $10,000 full film promotion package from The Cell Post Production went to Communion by Nejib Belkadhi (Tunisia).
Big Boys Don't Cry by Muhammad Mustapha (Egypt), a feature documentary film in development, received a participation in the Film Independent Virtual Residency presented by Film Independent and the US embassy.
The feature documentary Take Me to The Cinema by Albaqer Jafeer (Iraq, Egypt) received an editing residency for a period of up to ten weeks, coupled with tailor-made consultancy sessions from Dox Box.
Finally, The Day Of Arafah by Ala'a Al Qaisi (Jordan) won a participation in IEFTA's Global Film Expression initiative.
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