OPEN CALL: "Syrian Stories" - Creative Documentary Workshop-Beirut


“Deadline: 27 February 2017”


OPEN CALL for emerging Syrian film-makers to join a training program entitled “Syrian Stories” - A partnership between The British Council, Scottish Documentary Institute and Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts


The closing date for applications is 27 February 2017

Location: Beirut.


The British Council, Scottish Documentary Institute and Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts are pleased to announce the launch of Syrian Stories, a training program for emerging Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian filmmakers. The Syrian Stories programme seeks to support a new generation of documentary filmmakers who wish to create engaging films that reflect on and question their society. 


In March 2017 we will be holding a workshop in Beirut to support 8 - 12 Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian emerging film-makers based in the local area to develop their skills, plan and realize their own creative projects and reach new local and international audiences through their work.


During this 10 day practical documentary workshop participating film-makers will be supported to develop their skills and explore documentary creativity for the international film festival market.


This practical workshop in documentary will allow participants to:



The workshop will be made up of a mixture of seminars and consultant-led advice sessions and during the course of the workshop the participating film-makers will work in teams of 4 (director/ camera/sound/editor) to produce their own 5 minute short documentary film. Each film should offer an original insight into the identity of the locality where the participants are based, working through a personal/character led story.


For more information on the content of the 10 day workshop please see the attached draft training programme by clicking here




The programme is open to emerging Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian filmmakers based in Beirut and the surrounding area.


Candidates must:



We believe diversity should be celebrated and talent exists in all levels of society. We therefore encourage people from across all sections of Syrian society – in particular women - to apply.  




Films produced through previous iterations of this workshop have screened at international festivals including Locarno Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest and we hope that could happen for these films too!


All films produced through the workshop will be distributed and marketed by Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Scottish Documentary Institute and The British Council.  Once the films are created we will develop a distribution strategy targeting local and international festivals and leading online platforms but this will all be communicated to the participants along the way.  The underlying rights to the films will be held by the British Council although the filmmakers will have the right to screen their films subject to the communicated distribution plan and an online holdback.  




If you are interested in taking part please apply online by clicking here (the application form is in Arabic).


The deadline for applications is 23.59 GMT on Monday 27 February, 2017. 


In case of technical problems with the application form you can also submit your application via email. For a copy of the application form please contact us at




The applications will be evaluated by an experienced panel representing the three project partner organisations and applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:



Candidates will be contacted by email to let them know if they’ve been selected for the programme. We aim to respond approximately one week after the application deadline.



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