The RESIDENCY MENA Fund is the inaugural financial support scheme launched by DOX BOX. Its aim is to support sociopolitically-engaged documentary films reliant on the recontextualization of pre-existing audiovisual footage stemming primarily from citizen journalist and video activist material.

For the 2016 Spring Cycle, here we share the statistics.

Initial assessment of applications:

  • 8 applications were submitted: Egypt (2), Morocco (3), Syria (1), Tunisia (1) and 1 from outside the Arab Countries.
  • except for 1 application, all applications were made in the last 5 days before the deadline.
  • 50% of the applications were submitted in Arabic and 50% in English. No applications were in Tamazight, Kurdish, or German.
  • 36% of the applicants are between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine, 18% between the ages of thirty and thirty-nine, and 9% between the ages of forty and forty-nine, and 9% above fifty.
  • 63% of applicants are first-time directors.
  • All applications were submitted by the directors of the projects.
  • An increase in female applicants: gender split was 36% females and 64% males.
  • Applications were made for 3 feature length documentaries, 3 short documentaries, and 2 mid-length documentaries.
  • 50% of the projects have a producer or a co-producer, or both attached.
  • 50% projects have secured funding prior to applying to The RESIDENCY.
  • Average length of audiovisual material submitted per project is 60 minutes.
  • 38% of the applications consisted of filmmaking teams with a director, co-director, and/or editor. The rest of applicants requested the appointment of an editor by DOX BOX.
  • Subjects address themes such as: ethnicities, immigration, women’s rights, political representation, reconciliation, cultural heritage and finally believes.

Final assessment of applications:

  • 6 eligible projects were forwarded to the Selection Committee, while 2 were notified as being not eligible within 6 weeks of the deadline.
  • The Selection Committee consisted of seasoned filmmaker Anders Ostergaard from Denmark and the seasoned filmmaker Ali Safi from Morocco.
  • The Committee thoroughly reviewed the editing sequences and footage, written treatments, and evaluated the sociopolitical context of each application.
  • The following project was granted The RESIDENCY cycle of Spring of 2016:
    • Bread and Angels | 90 min | Rachid Biyi & Laurent Lombart | Morocco & France | 6 Weeks
    • The Vote | 90 min | Hanan Abdulla and Cressida Crew | Egypt & UK | 10 Weeks