March 3, 2011

OPPORTUNITIES / FUNDING: Start-up program supports first-time filmmakers (MIDDLE EAST)

First-time filmmakers can apply for financial and production assistance.

The BLOOM! Cine Startups Initiative, sponsored by Canon Middle East and D-Seven Motion Pictures, will provide support to independent filmmakers through assistance with permits, fund raising, script editing and marketing. The initiative also includes access to cameras, freelance professionals and postproduction facilities for a substantially reduced cost. Short films are preferred, but documentaries and feature length films are also considered.

The accepted budgets for films ranges from AED30,000 to AED300,000. D-Seven Motion Pictures will then allocate a 50-70% discount. Five to seven projects will be accepted a year.

The ideal candidate would have a first draft script. The program is open to all nationalities and ages, but projects must have an angle relevant to the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world.

For more information, click here.


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