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