The goal of the co-production platform is to support new and emerging filmmakers to make their projects see the light. The Ismailia International Film Festival wants to support creativity, imagination and freedom of expression through its commitment to endorse the work of creative filmmakers and artists interested in telling stories about the region.
This year the festival has selected extremely interesting and worthwhile projects. Some of them are by first-time filmmakers and some of them are by established documentary filmmakers. Many of the projects follow daring and new grounds in terms of subject matter and filmmaking. During our three days in Ismailia, we hope that the synergy and hard work will give birth to new thoughts and inspiration for both the filmmakers and industry delegates.
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The training will last for 2 days where the participants will analyze and develop the idea of a documentary film project with the help of Arab professionals.
During the training, the participants will:
• Apprehend the steps of writing a documentary film
• Learn the different components of a production file
• Benefit from the expertise of Arab professionals
The work will be done in two levels:
- Group work, all through the two days, with Syrian Filmmaker HalaAlabdallah
- One-to-one meetings, on the 2ndday, with Egyptian Filmmaker and writer Viola Shafik
To develop storytelling techniques and pitchdocumentary projects at international markets, the 2ndIsmailia Co-production Platform (ICP), in collaboration with Documentary Campus e.V and Screen Institute Beirut (SIB), launches a new free-of-charge training for filmmakers with documentary projects. Selected projects will be given the opportunity to apply to the Mena Goes Berlin workshop which will take place in Berlin in September, 2014. We are looking for documentary projects by Arab filmmakers which are already in an advanced development stage. They may also have a cross-media orientation.
The training will take place on 5th and 6th June; including lectures on storytelling techniques and pitching documentary projects at international markets. Participants will also get the opportunity to showcase their projects to the attending producers and they will also have several communication opportunities and networks. In addition, there are financial awards to the winning project.
With the help of remarkable Arab professionals, the training gives the participants the opportunity to develop storytelling skills and techniques; exchange knowledge and communicate with other filmmakers and get a chance to get financial support that goes upto 3 projects selected by ICP.
Born in Germany in 1969 and raised in both Germany and Israel/Palestine, Irit Neidhardt received her education at SOAS (School for Oriental and African Studies) in London. Read More
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Director: Johanna Domke, Marouan Omara
Synopsis: Longing for freedom and material gain, young Egyptians are lured to Sharm Al-Sheikh where Western tourists can be found
Director: Eliane Raheb
Synopsis: From Lebanon to Barcelona, Madrid, Andalousia and Syria, the film tracks down Miguel’s journey of self-confrontation and his quest for true Love.
Sumo Habibi Sumo
Director: João de Mendonça Lima Filho
Synopsis: A sport film celebrates the fascinating world of contemporary Sumo; highlighting the unique life of Arabic/African
Ward Number 3
Director: Aida Elkashef
Synopsis: Different reasons, same result, a dead husband and a murderous wife.
At the Wind’s Mercy
Director: Hisham Saqr
Synopsis: Occupied by his fear of not belonging, a filmmaker sets off a stream-of- consciousness journey across Egypt to meet several Egyptian citizens
Dance with a Bullet
Director: Dhyaa Khaled Joda
Synopsis: A diary written by Jehanne, a Bedouin girl, forms the base for an experimental documentary that traces real-life revolution stories by
In Grey Depths
Director: Mona Lotfy
Synopsis: Exploring the two-faceted definition of darkness through the story of “El Maghara”, the only coal mine in Egypt, the film tackles
Director: Nidal Hassan
Synopsis: Nine years after shooting his film “Salty Skin”, Filmmaker Nidal Hassan returns to his small coastal city Tartous.
I Am A Script Girl
Director: Mina Nabil
Synopsis: Using a flashback narrative style, the film tracks the life of Sylvette Baudrot who spent 65 years working as a script girl with Laurel & Hardy, Hitchcock and Roman Polanski. Read More
Man Behind the Microphone
Director: Claire Belhassine
Synopsis: Known as the "Frank Sinatra of Tunisia", Papa Hedi's songs continue to inspire revolutionaries and conservatives alike. But why did he keep his fame a secret from his family?
Waiting for Justice
Director: Ahmed Fawzy Saleh
Synopsis: The film traces the escape journey of two fugitives sentenced to death for their alleged participation in murdering 72 Cairenes of Al-Ahly fans.