The Doha Film Institute (DFI) will host the 3rd edition of its comprehensive Producers Lab from November 3, for six days.
Prospective participants may submit an application online by October 1, 2018, the DFI has announced.
An opportunity for Qatar and Middle East and North Africa (Mena)-based producers to develop their skills further, the Producers Lab will be led by experts from the industry.
Open to only 10 participants, the intensive workshop will feature training exercises, film case studies, group tutorials, one-on-one meetings and master-classes by industry experts. These will help the participants gain deeper insight into the various elements of film producing and truly understand the role of a producer.
“While the director, cast and crew help realise a film project, producers are the driving force of cinema. In addition to investing time and resources, they must also be proficient in diverse aspects of filmmaking so that they can offer valuable inputs that help take the project to the next level,” DFI CEO Fatma al-Remaihi said.
Highlighting the fundamental role producers play in defining, supporting and influencing the voice of filmmakers, the Producers Lab will also offer participants the opportunity to explore film marketing and distribution strategies with an in-depth focus on targeting the right audiences, understanding international markets and employing effective sales tactics.
As part of DFI’s collaboration with European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), one project will be selected to participate to their Producers Workshop 2019.
The Producers Lab mentors are: Jovan Marjanovi?, head of Industry, Sarajevo Film Festival; Violeta Bava, who has worked as a Programmer of the Buenos Aires International Film Festival and co-director of BAL, a co-production market for Latin American films; Dora Bouchoucha, a film producer with several Tunisian and international documentaries and feature-length films to her credit; Jad Abi Khalil, Head of the Beirut Cinema Platform; Aranka Matits, the founder of Featurette, which advises distributors and sales agents on their acquisitions, co-productions and strategic planning; Konstantina Stavrianou, producer and post-production expert who co-founded Graal; and Lise Lense-Møller, producer and head of Studies at EAVE, with over 60 films to her credit.
Applications to take part in the Producers Lab close on October 1, 2018. The price of participation is QR2,000. Only 10 Qatar and MENA-based producers with a project in development will be selected.
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