Aimed at supporting editorial teams in completing films reliant on re-contextualizing the audiovisual heritage of archive, citizen journalist and video activist material.

This scheme was effective from summer 2015 till December 2017 thanks to the support of the Transformation Partnership Program by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Residency MENA supports the completion of Arab sociopolitically-engaged documentary films reliant on the. The support is open to Arab MENA documentary filmmakers who are in a  critical stage of editing their films and have an advanced rough-cut.

RESIDENCY MENA aims to support sociopolitically-engaged documentary films reliant on the re-contextualization of the audiovisual heritage stemming primarily from citizen journalist and video activist material.

It was designed to host filmmakers who are at a critical stage of their editing of their films and to offer them a safe place where their concerns, vulnerability and challenges are taken seriously by a group of experienced filmmakers, mentors, editors and experts.

The first residency was launched in early summer 2015 with the support of the Transformation Partnership Program of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and concluded by end of 2017.  Due to this, grantees are only eligible if they are from the MENA Arab countries, specifically documentary filmmakers and video activists who predominantly live in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Yemen.

If after reviewing the information here and in the FAQ you have further questions, please send an email to

Residency (MENA) is concluded by end 2017.
Application is no longer possible.
  • Spring 2016 cycle: closed
    open on October 15, 2015 – November 15, 2015
  • Summer 2016 cycle: closed
    open on April 1, 2016 – April 15, 2016
  • Fall 2016 cycle: closed
    open on May 1, 2016 – May 31, 2016
  • Spring 2017 cycle: closed
    open on September 1, 2016 – September 20, 2016
  • Summer 2017 cycle: closed
    open on February 1, 2017 – February 20, 2017
  • Fall 2017 cycle: closed
    open on May 1, 2017 – May 20, 2017
RESIDENCY (MENA) provides editorial teams (directors and editors) the opportunity and resources to edit their films to completion in Berlin, Germany. It is not only a technical and financial opportunity, rather it is designed to offer grantees a safe, enlightening and professional environment in which to reach best decisions in the editing of their films.

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.

  • The duration of  the individual RESIDENCY (MENA) award can range from 3-12 weeks. It is determined based on the  length and nature of the material submitted, the level of experience of the filmmaker(s), the stage of editing, and the specific needs of each project. This is evaluated by the selection committee and decided by DOX BOX depending on available allocations.
  • Professional editing facilities for each project/team will be provided.
  • When a project is selected but has no editor, an experienced editor could be assigned by DOX BOX provided available allocations.
  • A consultant editor and a number of advisors shall provide in-depth analysis and feedback to the creative team on structure and style.
  • Accommodations in Berlin for the duration of the RESIDENCY (MENA) award will be provided for all grantees.
  • Per diem and local transportation for grantees for the entire duration of the RESIDENCY (MENA) award will be provided in Berlin.
  • Support and assistance in arranging for the German visa shall be provided. DOX BOX provides no guarantee that a visa shall be granted.
This scheme is aimed at filmmakers (editorial teams of directors and editors) and video activists who are working on a sociopolitical documentary film, employing video-activist or citizen-journalist or archival audiovisional material in their narrative.  They should be at an advanced stage of editing, such as at a rough-cut stage, at the moment of their application and who have concluded their filming/shooting.
Applicants will be considered if they fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
  • Who:
    • documentary filmmakers and video activists
    • of any age over eighteen,
    • of any level of professional and educational experience,
    • from the following countries: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Yemen.
    • currently in an advanced editing stage of an eligible documentary film project.
    • Teams of director(s)/editor(s) or director(s)/activist(s) are eligible.
    • There is no prerequisite for an applicant’s proficiency in English or German
  • Which Film Projects?
    • Only documentary film projects are eligible. Fiction is not accepted.
    • All documentary film genres of any duration are eligible. (Please visit the FAQ for further details.)
    • Film projects must be based or reliant on video activist footage or citizen journalist videos. (Found footage and archival could also be eligible. Please visit the FAQ for further details.)
    • Projects should address topics related to human rights and justice or be situated in a related sociopolitical context. (Please visit the FAQ for further details)
    • Regional and international co-productions are eligible. (Please visit the FAQ for further details.)
    • Since this program is aimed at helping directors and editors finish their films, well-developed film projects (clear treatment, structure, visual material, etc.) will be considered.
    • Only independent productions are eligible. Propaganda films, commercial films, and films commissioned by corporate, political and religious institutions are not eligible.

Application is permanently closed.

  • The online application form is available in Arabic and English. The application form can be filled out and submitted in Arabic, English, German, Kurdish, or Tamazight.
  • A complete application should include a link or DVD with a rough cut of maximum 3 hours that reflects the filmic style and narrative structure. (Please visit the FAQ for further details.)
  • Shooting should be completed and all other footage (archival, video activist material, citizen journalist audiovisual material, etc.) should be on hand by the time of application.
  • A complete application form must provide at least two references (local and regional/international) and their full contact information.
  • While filling out the online application form, it is not possible to save entries and return to the application at a later date. Therefore it is advisable to save responses to questions requiring written text statements in a separate document in advance in order to avoid losing responses in the event that the internet connection is broken or browser quits.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results of their application within six weeks of the application deadline.
  • Successful applicants will be required to apply for a visa at the German consulate in their country of residence. DOX BOX shall assist with the visa procedure. DOX BOX provides no warranty or guarantee that a visa will be granted.
  • In the event that a visa is not granted to a selected applicant, DOX BOX reserves the right to offer the RESIDENCY (MENA) position to the next candidate on the waitlist.
Grantees should expect a set of obligations and show commitment and availability.
  • Successful applicants will be requested to sign an agreement that is binding and only revocable in the event of force majeure (natural disasters, war, death).
  • Successful applicants are required to sign and return the agreement within one week of receiving the offer from DOX BOX. In case of non-compliance, DOX BOX reserves the right to revoke the Residency fund and offer it to another applicant.
  • DOX BOX expects the full participation and investment by grantees in all RESIDENCY (MENA) award duration and sessions, including being present full-time in the editing suite.
  • Grantees are required to submit an evaluation of their award and experience upon completion.
  • Grantees are expected to complete their films by the end of their RESIDENCY (MENA) award period.
  • DOX BOX requires acknowledgement in the credits of the film and on all promotional materials.
  • DOX BOX reserves the right to include the finished film in the DOX BOX online Academy, in archive, and in educational workshops.

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Fish Killed Twice

Egypt | 70 minutes | Feature-length documentary
by Ahmad Fawzi Saleh (director) and Mostafa Noor (editor)

Selected for the Fall cycle of 2015

My Head Is Not A Graveyard 

Syria & UK | 45 min | Short Documentary
by Zaher Omareen (director)  and
 Valerie Smith (assigned editor)

Selected for the Fall cycle of 2015

Happily Ever After

Egypt |40 min | Short Documentary
by Nada Riyadh (director) and Ayman El Amir (editor)

Selected for the Winter cycle of 2015


Bread & Angels

Morocco & France | 70 minutes | Feature-length documentary
by Rachid Biyi (director) and Laurent Lombart (editor)

Selected for the Spring cycle of 2016

Rude Refugee’s Diaries 

Syria | 56 min | Mid-length documentary
by Juma Hamdu (director)  and
 Sebastian Heidinger (assigned editor)

Selected for the Spring cycle of 2016

Black Stones

Syria & Egypt |45 min | Short Documentary
by Usama Ghanoum (director) and Annette Muff (assigned editor)

Selected for the Spring cycle of 2016

The Vote

Egypt & UK |100 min |Feature-length documentary
by Hanan Abdalla Cressida Trew (co-directors) and Barbara Toennieshen (assigned editor)

Selected for the Summer cycle of 2016

Landless Moroccans

Morocco & Algeria |60 min |Mid-length documentary
by Soraya El Kahlaoui & Intissar Jbeiha (co-directors) and Sabrina Hakim (editor)

Selected for the Fall cycle of 2016



Egypt |90 min |Feature-length documentary
by Mohamed Siam (directors) and 
Katja Dringenberg (Supervising editor)

Selected for the Summer cycle of 2017

The Normal Way

Tunisia & France |75 min |Feature-length documentary
by Erige Sehiri (director) and Hafedh Laaridhi (editor), 
Katja Dringenberg (Supervising editor)

Selected for the Summer cycle of 2017

Where did Ramsis Go

Egypt |60 min |Mid-length documentary
by Amr Bayoumi (director) and Doaa Fathy (editor), 
Katja Dringenberg (Supervising editor)

Selected for the Summer cycle of 2017

The Colonel Stray Dogs

Libya, UK & South Africa |90 min |Feature-length documentary
by Khaled Shamis (director) and 
Katja Dringenberg (Supervising editor)

Selected for the Fall cycle of 2017

Tiny Souls

Jordan & Tunisia |75 min |Feature-length documentary
by Dina Nasser (director) and Najwa Khcheimi (editor), 
Katja Dringenberg (Supervising editor)

Selected for the Fall cycle of 2017


To learn about the complete reports of the application cycles and selection rounds, please visit Residency Mena Application Reports