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Beirut’s Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival confirms lab and short film details

The lab specialises in the development and packaging of Arab genre films
Beirut’s Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival confirms lab and short film details

Beirut’s Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, which runs through November 1-28 taking place online on the Aflamanu platform and open to the entire Arab region, has confirmed details of the Maskoon Fantastic Lab, which is back for its second edition.

The lab specialises in the development and packaging of Arab genre films, and this year’s selected projects are Better Luck Next Time by Habi Seoud (Egypt); Khuzama by A.J Al-Thani (Qatar); Le Refuge by Talal Selhami (Morocco); Roqia by Yanis Koussim (Algeria) and Weedestine by Said Zagha (Palestine).

The experts are Annick Mahnert (producer, programmer and head of Frontieres market), Rania Attieh (filmmaker, Initials S.G., Two Sentence Horror Stories), Evrim Ersoy (head of programming at Beyond Fest), Guillaume Nadaud (VFX supervisor, Broken Keys), Patrik Andersson (producer, Midsommar) and Hugues Barbier (co-founder of Yellow Veil Pictures, producer).

At the end of the lab, one film will be awarded an invitation to take part of Frontieres market in Montreal, the biggest genre film market in the world.

During the lab many masterclasses will be held for the participants: ‘Sound Design’ with Frank Kruse, ‘Festivals & Filmmakers’ by Evrim Ersoy and two case studies about films Lamb and Midsommar.

The fifth edition of the Maskoon (which means ‘haunted’ in Arabic) Fantastic Film Festival has also announced its first Arab genre short film competition lineup.

The selected 10 films are from Lebanon: Aline by Christophe Sejaan; Blinded by Desire by Guibert Najarian; How My Grandmother Became a Chair by Nicolas Fattouh; The Hurl by Samir El Kawas, and The System by Fayez Abou Khater; From Saudi Arabia Acceptance Land by Mansour Assad and Cycle of Apples by Mahaa Al-Saati; From Morocco: Exodus by Yassine El Idrissi; From Kuwait: J'ai Le Cafard by Maysaa Almumin; From Qatar: The Black Veil by A.J Al-Thani.

The jury is composed of Giona Nazzaro artistic director of Locarno Film Festival, Laotian filmmaker Mattie Do (Dearest Sister, The Long Walk), and Lebanese filmmaker and sound designer Rana Eid (Panoptic, You Will Die At 20, Honeyland). The jury will award the Maskoon Award and best Lebanese films.

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