Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts announces once a year the launch of its grant program to support medium and long documentary projects. The announcement of the grant program is through Bidayyat’s website and Facebook page. The announcement remains open for almost one month. After the closer of the submission, only completed project proposals get evaluated by an independent committee of experts in the field of documentary film industry. Bidayyat, then, announces the names and the number of the succeeded projects and the amount granted for each one.

* Bidayyat commits to keep the identities of both the applicants and winners confidential upon their request.

Bidayyat Grant 2017


Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts announces the launch of its GRANT PROGRAM to support Creative Documentary Film projects in their Production or Post-productions phases by emergent Syrian & Syrian Palestinian filmmaker


Submission deadline: Sunday 15th May, 2016



With its Grant Program, Bidayyat is looking at supporting medium and long documentary films (duration from 24 to 90 min), and their up-and-coming Syrian or Syrian/Palestinian directors, to represent a cinematic approach centered around experimental and alternative visual language that keeps pace with the major changes currently happening in the region; not just to document these events, but to interrogate them, to probe their human details and to restore their forgotten stories, all as part of a vision that recognizes the distinctive and special status of “Auteur” filmmaking.


Criteria for applying

* Preference is given to the Syrians and the Palestinian/Syrians living in Syria or in neighboring countries.


Please note that Bidayyat will disregard:


Selection Process

Following the submission deadline of applications, Bidayyat starts the process of studying each application to ensure the completeness and the compliance of each application with the required conditions.


Subsequently, an independent committee which consists of a group of professionals in the field of documentary filmmaking evaluates the received applications; this committee may ask to meet the applicant through Skype if necessary and then chooses the projects which will receive the grant.

The grant amount ranges between a minimum of 5,000 and a maximum of 15,000 US Dollars. The amount is determined according to the film production and technical requirements set by the independent committee. The amount is delivered in installments according to the work progress.

Winners will be announced by end of June 2016 on Bidayyat’s website and its social media channels. The names of the members of the committee will also be announced after the projects’ selection.






Fill out the below form and send the application to the following e-mail:

Applications should only be written in Arabic and meet the full papers and required materials.


Application Submission Deadline: 15.05.2016

* Bidayyat apologizes for not following-up or studying any application which does not meet the full required materials.