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The Ismailia International Film Festival Launches the First Co-production Platform

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Opens the Door for Documentary Projects Related to the Arab World

The Ismailia International Film Festival Launches the First Co-production Platform


Producer & scriptwriter Mohamed Hefzy, the appointed director of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts has announced the launch of the first round of the new Ismailia Documentary Platform, the first Arab co-production forum primarily dedicated to documentaries.The 16th round of the festival which will take place from 4th June till 9th June, 2013, is now opening the call for projects and filmmakers and the deadline for applications is 1st April, 2013.

The Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts is one of the major film festivals in the Arab world, and the first to be exclusively dedicated to documentaries and shorts. The festival was first launched in 1991 under the presidency of Kamal Abdel Aziz director of the Egyptian Film Centerwhich is under the jurisdiction of Egypt's Ministry of Culture.

The Ismailia Documentary Co-production Platform which will take place on June 6, 7, and 8, 2013, will be an opportunity to have meetings with experts, sales agents, and funders. Filmmakers from all over the world, who have a project with "an Arab connection" (director, producer, co-producer, main talent, location, subject matter, etc...) are encouraged to apply with feature-length creative documentaries either at the development or post-production phase and all applications must be in English.

An international jury will select approximately 8-10 projects in development and 2 - 4 works-in-progress. The deadline for applications is April 1st, 2013. Following the deadline an international team of experts will evaluate the submissions and select the projects. The Ismailia Coproduction Platform will then invite the project representatives to come to Ismailia for 3 days during which they will have a schedule of one-to-one meetings with Egyptian producers, distributors, as well as with international producers, sales agents and distributors. In addition, the forum offers several prizes:

1 - Development prize of USD 5000
2 - Post-production prize in the form of Post Production facilities worth up to 15,000 USD
3 - Human Rights Prize

To apply for the Ismailia Co-production Platform please send here:
Programmer@ismailiafilmfest.com