Applications open for short film development workshop

Application deadline: January 10

Opportunities, Egypt

Applications open for short film development workshop

The Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo, Egypt, is now accepting applications for a Short Film Development Workshop mentored by Egyptian director Hala Lotfy to take place between February 20 and 26, 2015. Eight projects will be selected to take part in a six-day intensive training workshop providing filmmakers the opportunity to work on the development of their short films.

Directors may apply with a film crew (producer/scriptwriter), or as individuals.

The programme will include sessions on script development, putting together a film crew, budgeting, scheduling, building a funding plan, pitching, distribution, and an in-depth view into alternative solutions for production. 

The workshop will be conducted in Arabic.

How to apply:

  • Please fill out the application form here: http://goo.gl/7ydwuo
  • In addition, please be sure to include the following required documents (preferably as one complete PDF file in Arabic).
    • A copy of the script or treatment
    • Biography for each member of the team
    • A preliminary budgetary scheme for the project
    • Any supporting documents (funding plan/visual references/location scouting/casting, etc.)

Please send these documents via e-mail to workshops@cimatheque.org, no later than January 10, 2015. Workshop fees for the accepted participants: 250 LE.

Hala Lotfy is an Egyptian director, producer, and founder of Hassala Films, an independent production house supporting emerging filmmakers developing their first film projects. She studied directing at the High Cinema Institute and graduated with honors in 1999. She directed three documentaries which received a number of awards from several international film festivals. In addition, she directed seven documentaries for the series Arabs of Latin America (2006), which was featured on the Al Jazeera Documentary channel. In 2011, she received the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award, given to new cinematic voices reflecting prominence and independence. Her feature debut Coming Forth by Day (2012) won many international awards including the FIPRESCI award, Best Director from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, the Golden Lion Award at the 6th Arab Film Festival of Oran, and the Bronze Tanit from Carthage Film Festival.

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