18/01/2012

Beirut workshop to discuss Lebanese film and audiovisual scene

On January 20, participants will discuss the film and audiovisual sector in Lebanon, from funding to production and screening, in its local and regional context.

Programme Activities, Lebanon

Beirut workshop to discuss Lebanese film and audiovisual scene

Opening speech by the Head of Delegation/EU Ambassador to Lebanon,
Mrs. Angelina Eichhorst

 

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On 20 January 2012, a meeting will be held in Beirut with Lebanese authorities and professionals of the film and audiovisual sector, as part of national consultation round tables planned by the Euromed Audiovisual Programme III of the European Union in the countries of the southern Mediterranean.

The roundtable, which will be managed by the programme's experts for strategic development, will discuss the needs and expectations of the main players in the sector with a view to greater regional cooperation aimed at fostering the development of film and audiovisual activities in Lebanon.

It serves a dual purpose: to better identify, together with other players and contributors in the region, the support that the European Union could provide to the needs of Lebanon and of the southern Mediterranean, and to create professional networks in the region allowing their members to be privileged partners of their European peers.

During the roundtable, different topics will be discussed with representatives of the Ministries of Culture and Information, producers, directors and distributors, film festivals organisers, as well as representatives of televisions, film associations and film schools:

  • the funding of films and audiovisual works, from development to post-production,
  • the status of production companies as creative small and medium-sized enterprises
  • and the distribution and exhibition of films and audiovisual works.

Euromed Audiovisual Programme III has a total budget of €11 million over three years (2011-2013). Following a call for proposals, it finances seven projects whose aim is to develop the film and audiovisual sector in the South of the Mediterranean, as one of the tools for socio-economic development in the region. Euromed Audiovisual Programme III aims at reinforcing the exchange of know-how and best practice transfer through training, workshops, networking and capacity building of professionals and national authorities.

As part of the Euromed Audiovisual Programme III, Lebanon benefits from three projects: DOCmed for the training of documentary professionals (Partner: Beirut DC), DIA SUD MED for workshops and meetings to develop crossmedia projects (Partner: Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts) and TERRAMED whose aim is to promote the Mediterranean programs broadcast by public televisions (Partner: Lebanese TV).

The first round table workshop took place in Alger, October 17, 2011.
The second Round Table Workshop took place in Amman, October 20, 2011.

More information on the National Round Table Workshops  in the South Mediterranean Countries

 

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