Venice Int'l Film Festival announces open call for Arab and African film projects

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Mar 2021

The projects will take part in the prestigious Final Cut in Venice workshop that aims to support films in the post-production stage


The Venice International Film Festival announced an open call to all Arab and African filmmakers to submit their projects to the upcoming Final Cut in Venice workshop which will take place between 5 and 7 September 2021 with the aim to support those films in the post-production stage.

The festival will take place between 1 and 11 September.

In the scope of Arab cinema, the selection of the films will be supported by the distribution company MAD Solutions and El-Gouna Film Festival partnering with the Arab Cinema Center (ACC). Both entities will also continue to offer prizes for Arab film projects participating in the Final Cut.

“For the seventh year, MAD Solutions offers its award that is represented in promotion and distribution services in the Arab world to one winner project. This is also the fifth year for El-Gouna Film Festival to present its monetary award of USD 5000 within the workshop, in addition to an invitation for the winning project to participate in CineGouna Platform,” MAD Solutions’ press release reveals.

Applications are open until 12 June 2021.

The award offered by MAD Solutions comes as part of the company’s strategy to support the Arab film industry through its different production stages internationally and regionally and to promote them on the long run.

El-Gouna Film Festival offers monetary prizes for Arab film projects in international platforms, such as the MAFF Market Forum of the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, the Latin Arab Co-Production Forum, the Beirut Cinema Platform, CineGouna Platform, in addition to Final Cut in Venice.

The 9th Final Cut in Venice workshop supports films in the post-production stage from Africa, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.

According to MAD Solutions, “the film selections are screened to an audience of producers, distributors, and programmers of international film festivals. The workshop concludes with an award ceremony to honour the winning films that will be supported through the post-production phase.”

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