Why Rights Matter

An Introduction to legal aspects and best practices in documentary audiovisual rights.

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This e-course presents a general introduction to legal terminologies in documentary film material, and to the rights associated with producing and distributing films. It also provides an insight into the understanding and definition of archival footage and citizen journalist material.
There is no possibility to apply for this e-course in 2018.

Designed to challenge and expand the knowledge of documentary producers, right-holders, directors who produce their own films, exhibitors, curators, archivists and other doc video activists and researchers, this e-course allows 6 to 10 participants to get first-hand experience provided by instructors, so that they are enabled to pursue the development of their career and knowledge, and even potentially benefit from joining a study tour in Germany where they consolidate their newly acquired skills and knowledge.

Application is now closed.

Previous dates:

  • Application open: May 3rd
  • Deadline for application: May 22nd (Extended till 28 May), 2017
  • Notification of applicants: June 13th, 2017
  • Dates of the e-course: July 4th – August 1st, 2017
  • Start of the study tour: TBC – between the end of August and September (for selected participants only)

This e-course was developed in collaboration with the Erich Pommer Institut as an introduction to the best practices of international documentary audiovisual rights and the understanding of the use and definition of archival footage and citizen journalist material. The e-course allows for participants to take not only the legal but also the technical and creative aspects into their considerations and construct their overall knowledge.
Applicants wishing to join this e-course should expect to get informed and educated about the rules and practices in the MENA region as well as the European and International market and to expand their knowledge and develop best practice.

Themes covered in this e-course are:

  • Identification of the rights that matter in audiovisual production
  • Copyright law
  • Freedom of panorama
  • Personal rights
  • Right to property
  • Right of quotation/fair use
  • General overview on film exploitation
  • Warranties and release forms
  • The use of archive and third party material in documentary
  • Contextualisation and Re-Appropriating

The course is designed in 3 modules:

    • Online Study: webinars will take place starting from July 4th, every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5 pm (CET time) for 2 hours. The full duration is 5 weeks.

    • The Assignment: will be agreed on with the mentor during the Online Study. It is an essay or research that should be delivered 1 week before the conclusion of the 1st module.

    • The Placement (study-tour in Germany – subject to modification/to-be-confirmed) will take place between the end of August and September 2017. Upon assessment of the Assignments, selected participants who have successfully delivered their Assignments and fully attended the Online Study will be invited for The Placement.

Benjamin Cölle is a creative producer in film and cross-media productions and a tutor & researcher at the renowned Film University Babelsberg “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam, Germany. His experience ranges from working at a local radio station, running an activist website to producing documentary films and projects across multiple platforms and genres.
Benjamin was born in Stuttgart, has an international experience working in Amsterdam, London, and in Berlin where he has been working at INDI FILM since 2011.He is a graduate of Cultural and Post-Colonial Studies with focus on film theory and practice at the Humboldt University in Berlin, holds a masters degree from the department of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths (University of London), and is an alumni of “Torino Film Lab” and “Power to the Pixel”.

This e-course is open to a maximum of 10 practitioners and activists at a time. Participants shall be selected via an application process after Dox Box reviewed their complete application forms based on merits and specialisation.Ideally, this e-course is beneficial for practitioners and activists (such as directors, producers, video activists, trainers, curators, writers, researchers) who have experience working in documentary video activism and / or in documentary film in disciplines that requires attention to legal and authorised use of documentary material and documentary films such as those working in distribution, programming, producing, archiving, broadcasting, web streaming, research and education.

Eligibility Criteria:

As an applicant you should satisfy the following criteria:

  • You are a documentary film activist or artist.
  • You are from the Arab world, living predominantly in one of the MENA countries (this includes bi-nationals and/or those living temporarily outside the region).
  • You predominantly work in documentary filmmaking in the MENA region
  • You are at least 25 years of age.
  • You are able to fully communicate in English and/or Arabic.

Priority is given to:

  • Applicants from the following countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen. (This is due to financial restrictions)
  • Practitioners whose work focuses on production, distribution, circulation and development  such as, but not limited to: producers, exhibitors, curators, festival programmers, commissioning editors, financiers, critics, writers, and scholars.

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