- Start date:
- Nov 03, 2018
- Ability Level:
- Intermediate to Advanced
Doha Film Institute recognises the rise of emerging talent in the region and the fundamental role producers play in defining, supporting and influencing the voice of filmmakers.
This workshop is an opportunity for local and MENA-based producers to develop their skills further with experts in the field, in a small and intimate group of up to a maximum of 10 projects. Further, our hope is to strengthen co-productions in the MENA region, to open networking opportunities and to improve the overall quality of projects developed in the region.
This intensive six-day programme takes place in Doha and focuses on the creative, artistic and strategic aspects of producing a feature-length documentary and fiction films. Through intensive training exercises, group tutorials, tailor-made one-on-one meetings and master classes led by noted industry experts, participants will gain deeper insight into various elements of film producing and come to truly understand the role of a producer.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore film marketing & distribution strategies with an in-depth focus on targeting the right audiences, understanding international markets and employing effective sales tactics.
A number of case studies will be presented throughout the sessions, enabling participants to address questions related to script development, executive production, finance and budget plans, managing the post production workflow, marketing, pitching and distribution. Industry standard technical documents and templates will be shared with participants and discussed in detail – e.g. budget, financing plan, distribution and sales strategy samples, and treatment and pitch examples.
Deadline for Applications: 1 October 2018
Workshop Dates: 3 – 8 November 2018
Language of the Workshop: Arabic And English
Price: QAR 2,000.00
Ability Level: Intermediate to Advanced
8 to 10 Qatar and MENA-based producers with a project in development will be selected.
- In-depth understanding of the producer’s role in all stages of film production (relationship between producers and writers, producers and directors etc.)
- Understanding the responsibility of various types of producers, (e.g. creative producer, co-producer, associate producer, line producer, executive producer etc.)
- Introduction to the producer’s approach to script and development, structural analysis and creative production whilst integrating a post-production plan
- Different strategies for creating detailed budgets and financial plans
- How to budget the post production and the deliveries
- How to apply to film funds; presenting to key international film institutions; eligible funds for regional filmmakers
- Developing co-production strategies
- Managing the post-production workflow in international co-productions
- Developing a marketing plan – creating audience awareness and packaging film content
- Guidelines to implement key marketing tools for online and social media platforms
- Pitch training
- Film festival and market strategies
- Legal aspects of sales and distribution
- Creating classic and alternative sales and distribution strategies
The workshop is designed for producers, investors, financiers, directors and film students, or anyone interested in entering the filmmaking business in the area of production. Participants must be based in Qatar or the MENA region. A total of eight to ten participants will be selected for the workshop.
- Candidates must have a short or feature-length project in development with a director/screenwriter associated to the project
- The director/screenwriter will be able to partake in some aspects of the programme
- Ideally, candidates have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film in the past
- International candidates are responsible for funding their own travel and accommodation
Please send the following in Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Short synopsis of the project in development (maximum one page)
- Long synopsis
- Treatment of the film
- Résumé and short biography of the producer, as well as same for director and screenwriter, if available
- Script (if available)
- Detailed information about what is required for the project’s development
- A letter outlining why you want to participate in this workshop
- Any of the following, if available/applicable
- Provisional budget and financing plan (in USD)
- Technical specifications, including filming locations
- Current state of the project (please note any secured professionals, possible co-producers, attached talent or other potential partners)
- Director’s statement, covering project virtues (one page maximum)
- Stills, concept art, mood boards etc.
- Links to teasers, trailers, demo reel or samples of previous work of both the director and the producer
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Group tutorials / Case studies / working in groups
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Lunch break
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM: One-on-one tutorials
Film Case Study: Case study on a specific film screened during the workshop where the Producer Expert share with the participants their experience of a film they produced (budget plan, script, relation producer/director, co-production and financing strategy, festivals and distribution strategy and sales, success and challenges faced during the production of the film, etc.)
One on one advising Sessions: Individual 45 min advisory sessions tailored to the needs of the project at hand where the participants will receive special advice on their projects (Scripts, Financing plan and budget, pitching and packaging, production team…)
Group Work: working sessions between participants and the Projects Coach in an informal atmosphere where participants share their projects and concerns to each other, and discuss the challenges they are facing in the region. During those sessions the participants will also have the possibility to work in a group on their projects and develop together their budget and financing plans, film packaging and Pitch Training.
Group Tutorials: Group advisory sessions where the Lab mentors will cover a broad range of subjects, from financing strategies and legal considerations for co-productions, to festival strategies and sales.
Head of Industry, Sarajevo Film Festival
Jovan Marjanović has been involved in the Sarajevo Film Festival since 1999, first as a technician and programme coordinator and later as the CineLink manager. He is now on the festival’s Executive Board as Head of Industry. Marjanović has produced a number of award-winning
documentaries, shorts and feature films and consults for several international film institutions. He was on the Board of Management of the Bosnian National Film Fund from 2011 and headed it from 2014 to 2016. He has served as the National Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Eurimages since 2006. He holds an MSc from the Cass Business School in London, and teaches Film Business at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.
In 1995, towards the end of the four-year-long Siege of Sarajevo, the Obala Art Centre initiated the Sarajevo Film Festival with the aim of helping to reconstruct civil society and retain the cosmopolitan spirit of its city. Today, over two decades later, it is a trailblazing film festival with a special focus on the region of Southeast Europe that shines an international spotlight on the region’s talent, their current films and future projects. High-quality programming, a strong industry segment, and an educational and networking platform for young filmmakers attract the international film industry, film authors and media representatives to the event, along with a public audience of more than 100,000. Together, this makes it a leading film festival in Southeastern Europe.
Producers Lab Advisor
Violeta Bava was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2002, she received a double degree in Theory, Aesthetics and History of Cinema & Drama at Buenos Aires University (UBA).
She has worked as a Programmer of the Buenos Aires International Film Festival (BAFICI) and Co-director of BAL, a leading co-production market for Latin American films. She has also worked on the programming team of Bratislava International Film Festival and has collaborated on three editions of the Locarno International Film Festival at the Open Doors Programme. Violeta has an impressive background in training and development and has worked as a film consultant and production tutor for several funds, organisations and festivals worldwide. She has also taught Cinema Aesthetics and Ethics at Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica (Buenos Aires).
Dora Bouchoucha graduated with a degree in English Literature and has been a film producer since 1994. Through her company Nomadis Images, she has produced and coproduced several Tunisian and international documentary, short and feature-length films.
Her films have been selected for film festivals in Venice, Cannes and Berlin.Bouchoucha founded the Carthage Film Festival Projects Workshop in 1992, and Takmil in 2014. She founded the Sud Écriture workshops in 1997, which she continues to run, and is actively involved in training and promoting southern cinema. She was a permanent member of the International Rotterdam Festival CineMart Board for more than 10 years, and was a consultant for Arab and African films for the selection committee of the Venice International Film Festival from 2007 to 2011. In 2010, Bouchoucha was appointed Head of Fonds Sud, and in 2012, she became President of the CNC Aide aux cinémas du monde. She headed the Carthage Film Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2014. At the 2015 Festival de Cannes, she was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. The most recent film she produced, Mohamed Ben Attia’s ‘Hedi, was selected for the Official Competition of the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, where it took the Silver Bear for best actor as well as the Best First Feature prize
Nomadis Images is a Tunisian audiovisual production company whose main activities include the production of short and feature-length fiction films, documentaries and commercials; service provision; and training. The company’s filmography includes ‘Hedi’ (2016), ‘Buried Secrets’ (2009), ‘Barakat’ (2006) and ‘Satin Rouge’ (2002).
Jad Abi Khalil
Jad Abi-Khalil was born in Lebanon and completed his cinema studies at the Université Saint-Joseph in 1998. He has directed numerous short films and feature-length documentaries, and began producing feature documentaries in 2007.
Abi-Khalil is a founding member of Beirut DC, the cultural association for Arabic cinema, and chaired its board of directors from 2009 to 2013. He was Head of the DOCmed programme from 2011 to 2013. Currently, Abi-Khalil is Head of the Beirut Cinema Platform.
Beirut DC is a Lebanese cultural association, created in 1999 by a group of filmmakers and arts advocates. The association’s main activities are producing independent documentaries; organising capacity-building workshops with young Arab filmmakers; and staging the biennal Beirut Cinema Days film festival as well as several Arab film weeks in Europe and in the Arab world.
Aranka Matits, as the founder of Featurette, advises distributors and sales agents on their acquisitions, co-productions and strategic planning. At the forefront of the ever-changing media landscape, she consults them on the evolving practices of distribution and production, creating opportunities for them to exploit new markets. She works with a range of clients such as theatrical distributors Version Originale (France), immersive cinema enterprise Secret Cinema, and on-demand platform SundanceNOW. Aranka’s acquisitions include Oscar-winning box office successes like ‘Still Alice’ or Amour, festival hits like ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Florida Project’ as well as breakout debuts such as ‘Wadjda’ or ‘Mustang’.
Konstantina Stavrianou co-founded Graal, in 1999. Since 2003 she has been working in the film industry as a post-production producer on short and feature films as well as documentaries.
She oversees the co-production sectors for both Greek and international productions and is Graal’s co-managing director. In 2012 and 2013 she was part of the Hellenic Film’s Academy organising committee for the two-day conference “Riding the Greek Wave” in Athens. Its first instalment focused on development and festival strategies, while in 2013 it was on international co-production and distribution. She has served as a jury member at co-production markets, at Thessaloniki Film Festival, Istanbul, Romania and Jerusalem Film Festival. She is currently producing two feature films as well as co-producing four international projects. Since 2014, she attends workshops as a post-production consultant and has been a member of the pre-selection committee for Torino Film Lab and the Berlinale co-pro series. She is also a Berlinale talents alumna and member of the EAVE network.
Producer and Head of Studies, EAVE
Lise is a film producer, founder, and CEO of Magic Hour Films. She has produced and co-produced over 60 films, both documentary and fiction with many of them international co-productions and internationally awarded.
In addition, she has a long track record in professional education and consultancy since 1993, working as an expert and group leader for EAVE, and a post-educational programmer with three annual international workshops for independent producers. Lise has also been engaged in national film politics as a board member of the Producer’s Association for decades. Lise also runs a small publishing house, The Wisdom Books.
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