The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) is pleased to announce the selection of 30 new film projects to receive grants through the 2018 Cinema Grants Program with a total budget of $500,000.
This year, AFAC received 292 submissions in this category, ranging from fiction to experimental from around the Arab region.
The 2018 Cinema jurors’ committee comprised experts and film professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities. The jury included Palestinian novelist and writer Adania Shibli, Moroccan filmmaker Ahmed El Maanouni, and Tunisian researcher and film history professor Adnen Jdey.
Having read and evaluated the projects individually for over a month, the Cinema Jurors met at AFAC office in Beirut. The 2 day-long discussions tapped into each project and analyzed the creative, financial and relevant aspects. By the end of the jury meetings, 30 projects were selected to receive grants.
Commenting on the selection process and winning projects, the jury issued the following statement:
“The disparity in the overall pool of applications received, whether at the level of diversity of originating countries of the applicants, or the subjects treated, did not only instigate appreciation, but optimism as well. Several of the submitted projects were courageous and unrelenting in their addressing of taboos at the societal and political levels. Also, a clear tendency towards experimentation was prevalent, going beyond the conventional approaches to cinematographic treatment and attempting to create different visual and narrative bases. The applications received also included submissions by emerging talents, which confirms the continuous and vibrant interest in this artistic field at the level of the various Arab countries in all their diversity. The number of grantees therefore exceeded the usual number of grants offered in previous years, reaching 30 grants this time.
At the same time, a number of submitted projects converged on topics dominated by the question of memory, the experience of war and violence. Despite the fact that these topics are pressing, as they are present in the daily life of numerous Arab citizens, their treatment in a modern and genuine manner, or from a novel perspective untapped before, was scarce.”
The next Cinema call for submissions opens on May 1st, 2019
To view the 2018 Cinema Grantees click here