Producers Lab - 2023 (Online)
- Start date:
- Oct 24, 2023
- 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 8-10 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 seven-day programme takes place online 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: Monday 25 September
Workshop Dates: 24 – 29 October 2023 (online)
Language of the Workshop: Arabic And English
Price: QAR 1,500
Ability Level: Intermediate to Advanced (Feature length film projects)
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 filmmakers, producers, investors, financiers, directors, or anyone interested in entering the filmmaking business in the area of production. Participants must be from Qatar or the MENA region. A total of eight to ten participants will be selected for the workshop.
- Candidates must have a 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
Please send the following in Word or PDF format to email@example.com
- Short synopsis of the project in development (maximum one page)
- 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
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.
Festival Director | 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.
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 the Theory, Aesthetics and History of Cinema and Drama from Buenos Aires University. Bava is the programmer of the Buenos Aires International Film Festival and the co-founder of BAL,
a leading co-production market for Latin American films. She has been program consultant at Bratislava Film Festival and has collaborated with Open Doors Program (Locarno Film Festival). Since 2012, she has been the Latin American delegate for the Venice International Film Festival. She sits on the Torino Film Lab Advisory Board and is a regional consultant for the Doha Film Institute. In the past two editions she has been Producer’s Tutor at Biennale College Cinema. She is also founder and Producer at Ruda Cine, a film production company based in Argentina.
Ruda Cine is a production company based in Buenos Aires focus on author driven films. The company produced and presented this year the feature-length films ‘The Idea of a Lake’ by Milagros Mumenthaler (2016) and ‘The Human Surge’ by Eduardo Williams (2016), winner of the Golden Leopard for the Best Film at Locarno Film Festival. Ruda Cine’s catalogue also includes: ‘Two Shots Fired’ (2014) by Martín Rejtman, winner of the FIPRESCI Award for the Best Argentinean Film of the Year, and Milagros Mumenthaler’s ‘Back to Stay’, winner of the Pardo d’Oro for Best Film, the Pardo d’Argento for Best Actress and the FIPRESCI Award at the Film Festival Locarno in 2011, among many other awards and recognitions.
BAFICI, a 12-day-long film festival that started in 1999, is the biggest film festival in Latin America and takes place every April in Buenos Aires. It celebrates a rich and diverse culture with the works of renowned directors and up-and-coming talents. The event showcases an innovative range of films, including world premieres and new releases of Argentinean cinema, together with international retrospectives of the work of key filmmakers from the independent cinema world and the publication of a couple of books every year. The Buenos Aires Lab, BAL, the leading co-production market for Latin American films, was the first of its kind in the region. The BAFICI programme comprises Talents Buenos Aires, organised together with the Universidad del Cine (Buenos Aires), and Talents Berlinale.
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).
Post Production Expert
Konstantina Stavrianou co-founded Graal, a production company and a post-production facility, based in Athens. She oversees the production & co-production sectors for both Greek and international productions and is Graal’s co-managing director.
The company has co-produced 62 films to date and has a portfolio of approximately 420 titles. It has a significant track record, with its films selected for Cannes, Venice, Berlinale and other international festivals. She is a member of the selection committee at the Berlinale co-pro series, Torino Film Lab and Biennale College Cinema. She is a M E D I A expert, a Berlinale talents alumna and a member of the EAVE network. In 2010, she joined Abbout Productions producing several features and documentaries such as ‘Tramontane’ by Vatche Boulghourjian (Cannes Critics’ Week 2016), ‘All This Victory’ by Ahmad Ghossein (Venice Critics’ Week 2019), ‘1982’ by Oualid Mouaness (TIFF 2019), Panoptic by Rana Eid (Locarno 2017) and Amal by Mohamed Siam (IDFA 2017). Since 2016, Myriam is also the COO of Schortcut Films dedicated to co-producing international films and the Executive Director of Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, which she co-founded.
Jana Wehbe studied filmmaking at “Universite Saint Joseph” in Beirut and oriental modern singing at the Lebanese National High Conservatory…
In 2009, Jana co-founded “The Attic” production boutique focusing on quality storytelling in all its forms. Jana has worked with renowned directors like Nadine Labaki, Maryam Keshavarez, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Greige, and Wissam Charaf, among others.
Jana line produced “Tannoura Maxi” (Jury Prize at CIFF 2012), “The Lebanese Rocket Society” (TIFF 2012 /CPH:DOX), “Tombé du Ciel”(ACID Cannes 2016), “Taste of Cement”(Best documentary at Visions du Reel 2017), the short films “Après” , “The Pianist”, and other films premiering and selected at prestigious festivals.
Jana debut producing career started with “2 1⁄2” winner of FIPRESCI Award at DIFF 2010, “This Little Father Obsession” premiering at Visions Du Reel and Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2016 Carthage Film Festival, “Talej” (2013), “Revoltango” (2014) and “Beirut Terminus” Winner of the Best Non-Fiction Film Award at CIFF 2019.
In 2011, Jana joined the Doha Film Institute as part of the institute’s annual festivals team. She also served as the Arab Film Institute’s representative in Lebanon.
In addition to her expertise in music artist management, Jana has been diversifying her interests and is bringing productions to theater and musical stages. In 2019 she produced the theatrical play “Anti-personnel” and collaborated with the prestigious Baalbeck International Festival in the production of diverse music concerts.
Nowadays, Jana is developing several eclectic projects and is in post-production of the feature fiction “The Maiden’s Pond”.
Aranka is the founder of Featurette, a boutique agency focused on feature film acquisitions, co-productions and strategic planning. At the forefront of the ever-evolving media landscape, she works with a roster of theatrical distributors across Europe, and past clients range from sales agents to multinational broadcasters to streamers. Notable acquisitions credits range from Oscar winners Parasite or Another Round to Shoplifters (Palme d’Or) to L‘Événement (Golden Lion) to Alcarràs (Golden Bear) and The Souvenir (Sundance Grand Jury Prize) to Drive My Car (Golden Globe). Aranka is an EAVE Puentes and Inside Pictures alumni as well as a voting member of the European Film Academy. Originally from Cologne, she obtained a PhD in New York and is currently based in Amsterdam.
Head of Atlas Workshops
In 2015 Hédi Zardi launched with Fiorella Moretti their Paris-based company Luxbox, dedicated to international sales and co-production of selected projects. With a complementary industry knowledge built on experience in production, distribution, acquisitions, sales and festival programming they start with a solid film catalogue and a passionate pool of world cinema directors. The company launched at the Berlin EFM 2016, ‘Inhebbek Hedi’ (Hedi) by Mohammed Ben Attia, Best First Feature Film and Silver Bear for Best Actor and in Cannes, ‘Mimosas’ by Oliver Laxe, Grand Prize of the Critic’s Week. The company was present with two titles at Cannes 2020, ‘Spring Blossom’ by Suzanne Lindon and ‘In the Dusk’ by Sharunas Bartas. In parallel to its World Sales activity, Luxbox has started to co-produce several projects, including ‘Nuestro Tiempo’ by Carlos Reygadas. The next co-production projects are ‘Selene 66 Questions’ by multi-awarded Greek director Jacqueline Lentzou and ‘Barchini’ by Italian artist Yuri Ancanari. He is now Head of the Atlas Workshops of the Marrakech International Film Festival.
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