South Mediterranean producers who want to bring their feature or documentary film projects to the international marketplace can now apply to Access 2013, the last of two nine-month training programmes.
Producers with a fiction or documentary film project are invited to send in their applications by October 20.
Access is a training programme that focuses on producing in the digital era. It features an innovative online module using a common web-based platform, via which participants can communicate with leading South Mediterranean and European experts such as Dionyssys Samiotis, Diane Aractingi, Dima Al Joundi and Hala Galal, through VoIP software and exclusive forums.
Communication and presentation techniques are also a big part of this training initiative, enabling participants to pitch their projects with clarity and confidence to partners and investors.
At the end of the training programme, one participant will be selected to pitch their film at Medimed, an international documentary film market.
In its 2012 edition, 24 film and documentary producers, notably from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Territories of Palestine, Syria and Tunisia, took part in the training. One of them was Nadia Hotait.
“The online module has been a very enriching experience,” said the Access participant. “Being able to meet up with our tutors and advisors online [has] been very useful to keep [developing] and enhancing my documentary project, to set up new production goals and strategies.”
“I particularly like the podcasts with sales agents, people working in the film distribution industry, and in financing in the Mediterranean,” she said.
Access is managed by Spain’s Media Business School in collaboration with the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Art (Jordan), Sud Ecriture (Tunisia), and Mediterranean independent producer association APIMED (Spain). It is funded by the European Union through the Euromed Audiovisual III programme.