Film artists and activists face a variety of roadblocks while making their films. Directors and producers are repeatedly challenged by production obstacles, creative blocks, conflict in viewpoints and roles of crews, and by financial setbacks. Such circumstances often result in hindering the film project progress and pauses, if not abort, the achievement of the film full potential.
This e-course offers film teams a safe and professional space and a program through which they can reexamine the process, diagnose, address and confront the main issues, and get one-on-one consultancy by experts of the field. It offers inspiration and knowledge that allows for tapping into practical advancement of their film projects.
By following the complete program of the e-course, each team has the possibility to advance their creative and visual treatment, their team’s dynamics and push forwards the production status.
The e-course program consists of individual sessions with the main consultant who works with each team on advancing their projects, identifying and refining their creative viewpoints allowing for their unique storytelling to crystallize from idea to film. In addition, each team will join a number of additional online group sessions with experts from the field addressing issues such as writing, dramaturgy, production, team and crew dynamics, and financing and budgeting.
This e-course is aimed at documentary film teams, each consisting ideally of a director and a producer from the eligible countries. Each film team should be currently working on an actual documentary film project. An actual film project is defined as one that has at least reached an advanced stage of pre-production but has not yet succeeded in reaching a final cut. Eligible film projects and teams must have a case showing a struggle in advancing creatively, financially or production wise.
As part of the transformation-partnership project, this e-course is open to filmmaking teams specifically from the following countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen. Collaborations are eligible and welcomed.
Through this e-course, seasoned filmmakers, producers and directors, help participating teams to overcome limitations and challenges they are facing while developing their film projects. The program of the e-course is designed to allow each team the space and consultancy to advance their creative and visual treatment, to tackle issues in their team’s dynamics and push forwards the production status. In addition, a particular attention will be given to storytelling, research in the development phase, writing a treatment and synopsis, challenges within teams, important aspects of budgets and financing plans, and visual material.
This e-course is designed in 3 modules:
The Webinar: 8 online sessions consisting of (3) individual intensive one-on-one consultancies by the main consultant and (5) online group sessions with experts of the field. Themes range from Story vs Theme, Production Stages, Preparation, the Writing Process, Trailers and Visual Treatments, Budget and Financial Plans. The webinar module also includes watching and reading online material individually.
* Sessions are planned every Monday and Wednesday at 4pm (CET time) for 2 hours.
First session on October 18th. The full duration is 5 weeks.
The Assignment: In parallel to the webinar and the one-on-one consultancies, the participating teams have each the opportunities to work on advancing their scripts, treatments, and visual material resulting in a complete and advanced file. Their updated and advanced files are reviewed by a pool of experts who give constructive feedback and expert advice in a final session.
* Final feedback session, on Wednesday at 4pm (CET time) November 15th.
The Tour: a 3-5 day tour in an International documentary professional convention is arranged for selected teams who have reached a complete advanced development of their files and successfully attended all sessions. The tour provides accreditation for teams to be able to attend industry sessions, debates and pitching and to network with further peers and experts in addition to getting further script/production consultancies.
* dates expected for the tour: 16-22 November.
* attending the tour requires a valid Schengen Visa which is the responsibility of participants,
DOX BOX shall provide support and assistance.
Raed Andoni is an award-winning Palestinian filmmaker based in Paris. His most recent film Ghost Hunting (2017) premiered in BERLIN International film festival and won the Glashütte Original Documentary Award for best documentary film. Raed’s filmography started in 1997 when he co-founded DAR FILMS, a production company based in Ramallah, where he produced and secured wide international distribution for a number of award-winning documentaries. In 2008, he co-founded LES FILMS DE ZAYNA, a Paris-based production company.
His first feature documentary as a director, Improvisation, (2006), has been well appreciated in the international festivals and received the 2006 Art and Culture Award in the International Mediterranean documentary competition run by CMCA. His second feature-length film Fix Me (2010) premiered in SUNDANCE and CANNES and won several awards in International and Arab Film Festivals, and released commercially in France in November 2010.
To be confirmed shortly.
Aimed and designed for teams ideally consisting of a director and producer currently working on a documentary film project at any stage ranging from advanced pre-production to rough-cut. Teams who are struggling in advancing the stage of their film production and wishing to receive consultancy and professional feedback and advice from seasoned industry professionals.
Eligibility and Application