RESIDENCY (MENA) is the first financial support project launched by DOX BOX in early summer 2015 with the support of the Transformation Partnership Program of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
RESIDENCY (MENA) aim to support sociopolitically-engaged documentary films reliant on the recontextualization of a pre-existing audiovisual heritage stemming primarily from citizen journalist and video activist material.
Filmmakers must be from the Arab countries, specifically documentary filmmakers and video activists who predominantly live in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Yemen.
As financial support, RESIDENCY (MENA) provides editorial teams (directors and editors) the opportunity and resources to edit their films to completion in Berlin, Germany. The support includes accommodation and costs of living in Berlin, as well as providing a fully-equipped professional editing suite, technical and artistic support, supervision by a team of experts, and most importantly, dramaturgic consultation by internationally-acclaimed filmmakers and editors. RESIDENCY (MENA) is not only a technical and financial opportunity, it offers the grantees a safe, enlightening and professional environment in which to reach best decisions in the editing of their films. Each Residency award is supplemented by a tailored program of inspirational sessions including screenings, discussions, recreation, networking and personal visits with industry professionals.
The duration of each award can range from three to twelve weeks and is determined according to the length and nature of the material submitted, level of experience of the filmmakers, stage of editing, and the specific needs of the project.
The application can be completed in Arabic, Tamazight, Kurdish, English or German. Eligible are projects of any documentary film genre and all documentary filmmakers and video activists regardless of age (18+), previous experience or academic achievements, or political, national, ethnic, religious or artistic background.
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Applicants have up to one month to apply after the application cycle opens (subject to change). For 2016, application periods are:
Application periods are subject to change. Potential applicants should check the DOX BOX website regularly for updated information.
The program is designed for documentary directors and editors from the Arab world. This includes citizen journalists, activists and artists who want to make films. Applications are welcome from both emerging and experienced filmmakers over the age of eighteen.
Applicants who come from the following countries and live predominantly in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Yemen..
This is a support program aimed at empowering local documentary filmmakers/artists/activists from the Arab countries who face multifaceted political, educational and economic challenges. Priority is therefore given to projects with main creative and production teams from the Arab countries, as well as projects featuring stories and themes stemming from the region and intended for audiences from the region and its diaspora.
Co-production projects with international production teams and shooting locations can be considered, provided that the “nationality of authorship” is, in essence, regional and that the film addresses themes and audiences of the Arab region and/or its diaspora.
Factors to be weighed when considering the nationality of authorship include the nationalities of the main creative and production team (including that of (co)directors, (co)producers, editors, writers, and creators of footage), location of shooting, intended audience, content/theme, and context of any archival material used.
Yes, director/editor and director/activist teams are eligible to participate and apply. There can also be more than one director or more than one editor working on the film. On the application be sure to note all names, roles, and contact numbers of every team member. A total of three team members from a project are eligible to attend the Residency.
You can only apply during the application cycles specified on the DOX BOX website. There are several application cycles announced annually. The application cycle opening dates and deadlines are subject to change, so it is best to check the DOX BOX website regularly to plan the preparation of your application.
Yes. The merit of the documentary film project is more important than the experience of the applicant.
Yes. In such a case, the producer should provide the complete information of his/her director(s) in the application form.
The Residency is intended for directors and editors. As a producer you can apply on behalf of your director(s) and editor(s), and you can visit your team while attending the Residency at your own cost.
Due to the various financial, political, and institutional challenges facing documentary filmmakers in the region, it has become commonplace for many to forego the time needed to properly discover and develop their points-of-view and voices as storytellers, especially in the crucial process of editing. Therefore the RESIDENCY (MENA) aims to provide filmmakers with a safe, professional and inspirational space to bring their edits to completion.
This can be interpreted quite broadly. Examples include: The civil rights and discrimination of minorities based on ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, etc.; conflict and peace; transparency and the press; the democratic process; women’s rights; children’s rights… etc.
DOX BOX seeks to facilitate collaboration and exchange between filmmakers, video activists and citizen journalists. Documentary films that are based on citizen journalist material acknowledge and activate the existing context in which events, conflicts and stories are unfolding in the region. These films revive and recontextualize the existing audiovisual heritage and citizen involvement as a collective response to documented events.
The material must be integral to the narrative. In other words, the film could not exist without it. The citizen journalist material must not have been originally produced for the film project. However projects including archival or personal audiovisual material are eligible.
Citizen journalist material includes film, video, audio, text and photos, of any source, format or running time. Archival material includes national and collective archives, as well as family and personal documentation. This can also include diaries, audio recordings, photos, and video material, as long as the material is substantive enough to support the film’s narrative.
The audiovisual element can be any running time, as long as the whole documentary film project is reliant on it.
Yes. Prior funding commitments are not required.
Yes. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply with the same project for subsequent RESIDENCY (MENA) cycles if the project has developed significantly since the last application. In some special cases, the selection committee might turn down an application based on the belief that the project requires further development. In such a case this will be clearly communicated to the applicant, who will be invited to reapply when more substantial development is evident.
Yes. Grantees may apply with a new project for future cycles, provided he or she has successfully completed the film from the past RESIDENCY (MENA) and delivered all obligations (including reports and DVDs when applicable).
Yes, you don’t need to be a DOX BOX COMMUNITY member to be eligible for the RESIDENCY (MENA) .
Projects in which DOX BOX employees and/or General Assembly members have a professional and/or financial stake are not eligible. All projects are vetted exclusively on their own merits and eligibility criteria and that all applications are evaluated according to a fair and sound process.
Projects can be edited in multiple versions of Avid and Final Cut Pro.
Yes. For participants who don’t speak any English or German, a volunteer translator will be provided.
DOX BOX shall provide all necessary assistance for obtaining the proper visa. As soon as you are selected for the Residency, DOX BOX will contact you to guide you through the visa process.
No, applying is free of charge.
All Residency costs – including editors’ and consultant editors’ fees and studio rentals in Berlin – are covered by DOX BOX, including participants’ per diem and accommodation (for non-residents of Berlin). However, applicants must pay for their travel and visa costs or seek mobility funding for it. There is a possibility that DOX BOX might be able to offer support depending on existing secured financing.
Film projects of any duration or documentary genre (investigative, artistic, observational, animated documentary, hybrid, etc.) are eligible. Documentary films for this program are expected to be in the range of 20 to 120 minutes.
No. You are only eligible if you are working to complete the editing of a documentary film.
You should have at least an assembly edit up to a rough cut. We expect that you have completed all principal photography and that all your audiovisual material has been edited into an initial working cut.
Films are expected to reach picture lock (completion) by the conclusion of the Residency period. Therefore, it is best that you apply when the film structure, narrative and style are shaping.
A full assembly edit or rough cut that demonstrates the use of citizen journalist material and is no longer than 180 minutes.
You do not need to provide subtitles if the language of your visual material is in English, Arabic, German, Tamazight or Kurdish. However, subtitles in English and/or Arabic are appreciated
We accept samples with online streaming links or file-transfer services (i.e., Vimeo, Dropbox, WeTransfer… etc) or on a DVD to be received in our office by the deadline.
If you choose to send your editing rough cut either via POST or Transfer service, please make sure they should arrive at our office during our working hours before the deadline. Otherwise, your application will not be considered as complete and will not be processed for evaluation committee.
Yes, you will be automatically notified of your application’s receipt upon electronic submission.
You will be notified by email within six weeks of the application deadline.
In some cases yes, when further information or clarification is required before the selection committee is able to make a fair and informed judgement.
The selection committee shall strive for a balanced and thoughtful deliberation that reflects the diversity of the Arab region, when possible. However, there is no specific quota with regard to nationality, gender, religious and ethnic background, level of experience, age, and artistic styles and genres. The merit of the film is more important than the experience level of the filmmaker(s). DOX BOX reserves the right to solicit candidates to apply.
This depends on the number and quality of applications that we receive during each cycle.The goal is to be able to accommodate up to five teams annually.
The selection committee makes decisions on the final selection for each cycle. Depending on the length and nature of the material submitted, the level of experience of the filmmaker, the stage of editing, and the specific needs of the project, each applicant shall be assigned a Residency with a definite duration, timetable and conditions. This could range from three to twelve weeks.
Yes. In the case that film projects, filmmakers and/or protagonists must remain anonymous in order to protect the parties involved and/or to realize the film, the participant and project can participate anonymously. However, in order to process the application, for the selection committee and staff of DOX BOX, identities shall be revealed internally within the DOX BOX organization.
Each Residency is customized to accommodate each project’s specific needs and status. Participants should expect to explore questions related to the following documentary filmmaking topics:
At the conclusion of the RESIDENCY (MENA) your film should be at picture lock or final edit. The film should be ready for finishing and post-production.
Films are expected to be completed (picture lock/final cut) at the conclusion of the Residency. The selection committee will take this into consideration when selecting projects that have a realistic chance of being completed during the Residency and shall accordingly award an appropriate number of weeks to achieve this goal.
DOX BOX is a grant-giver and will not hold shares. The RESIDENCY (MENA) is legally considered as a grant into the shares of Arab-World director(s)/producer(s). DOX BOX retains the right to make the film available for free viewing in our online Academy, accessible to DOX BOX COMMUNITY members only.
The RESIDENCY (MENA) is a financial support that comes in form an editing grant managed by DOX BOX. Since no funds need to be recouped, none of your exploitable rights are encumbered. Our contract requires acknowledgement in the final credits of the film and on your promotional materials, that the final film be included in the DOX BOX Online Academy, and that a final narrative report and evaluation form be submitted. We may ask you to offer professional support to other filmmakers and the independent film field globally.
The RESIDENCY (MENA) agreement to be signed by awarded filmmakers shall state clearly the value of this grant. The value of this grant shall be transferred to the producers’ or directors’ shares in the film’s financing. Detailed agreements shall be extended to grantees upon selection.
DOX BOX encourages directors to hold shares in their own films. However, it is the applicant, whether the director or producer, who will be granted the value of DOX BOX’s financial contribution and assigned shares, provided he or she is from the Arab region.
Shares are split 50-50 among the director(s) and producer(s) when applicable. If the application is filed by a director or producer NOT from the Arab region, the fund and shares are granted automatically to the partners that are from the Arab country attached to the project.
A complete agreement detailing all obligations of beneficiaries shall be extended for signature upon agreement (all briefed in this FAQ). Conditions of participation include:
If a grantee is not yet a member of the DOX BOX COMMUNITY, he or she receives automatic membership. Films completed at the Residency will be highlighted by DOX BOX at industry events, in our annual film CATALOGUE, newsletters and other public relations and communications materials.
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