Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts in collaboration with SDI-Scottish Documentary Institute- announces the launch of the OPEN CALL for its third intensive training program “Introduction to Documentary Film Directing” for emerging Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinians filmmakers.
8 participants will be offered the opportunity to follow a practical and theoretical, hands-on intensive training. The emerging talents must demonstrate interest in arts and film and must have the desire to specialise in directing documentary films that engage and question society. The candidates must have an idea for a documentary film that will be implemented with the assistance of their instructors over the course of the training, resulting in a short film not exceeding 10 minutes.
Participants are required to finish their films by the given deadline.
Participants are entitled to the material and moral rights of their films.
Bidayyat can help distribute the films when applicable.
Application deadline Sunday July 2 2017
Period of training July – December 2017
Place of training Beirut-Lebanon
The overall objectives of the training are:
The training content and timetable
The program will consist of 3 intensive modules of around 12 days each in alternation with individual mentoring phases and will be held over a period of approximately six months. Throughout this period, the participants will not only be introduced to basic theoretical knowledge about documentary cinema, but will also acquire specific skills that will be applied while directing the short documentary film.
The curriculum has been developed with the help of specialists and educators in the field of filmmaking.
Professional trainers and filmmakers will instruct and supervise the participants in groups and in one-on-one sessions in addition to mentoring between each training module.
The training will be divided into the following stages:
➢ Session I - July/August 2017
In-between sessions: individual working phase 1
Research/Writing treatment/ Audio-Visual material (photos, video, sound)/ securing consent from characters, assisted by mentors.
➢ Session II - September 2017
In-between sessions: individual working phase 2
➢ Session III - November 2017
Films finishing timeline
Conditions to apply
A first selection and shortlisting will be done based on the submitted application, the proposed film ideas and the motivation of the applicant.
The selection committee will interview the shortlisted applicants personally or via Skype. Based on the interview, the committee will select the final participants.
What we are looking for:
Each film should offer an original insight to its specific theme/question through a personal/character led-story.
• The characters will have a story attached to them which will reveal an aspect of their daily life in a specific context.
• Character with an evolving story that you can go on filming for a longer period.
• Characters that embodies a theme with a larger social/human relevance.
Be sure when you write your film idea you can answer the following questions:
• What is the story? And what is the film about?
• Is this story suitable for a 10-minutes film?
• Who are the character(s) and what is their journey? What might be different for them from the beginning to the end of the film?
• What is the central theme/question of your film?
All applications and supporting documents must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org