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Calling All Filmmakers: Get yourself ready to apply for the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme

In a little more than a week, the Spring 2022 grants programme cycle opens for 12 days only and you should start to familiarise yourself with the DFI's submissions process.
Calling All Filmmakers: Get yourself ready to apply for the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme

The Doha Film Institute's Spring Grants cycle opens on the 7th of January 2022 and closes at midnight GMT +3 on the 18th of January 2022. So it's important to visit their site and begin to familiarise yourself with their submissions criteria, if you wish your upcoming cinematic project to be considered for some of the world class cinematic organization's funding. Past funded projects include two of this year's Oscar-shortlisted films, Noche de Fuego ('Prayers for the Stolen') by Tatiana Huezo which is shortlisted for Best International Feature, representing Mexico and (pictured above) Faya Dayi by Ethiopian filmmaker Jessica Beshir, the latter shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature.

As indicated on their website: "The goals of the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme are to identify new talent, seek out new cinematic voices and discover universally resonant stories.

"The Institute’s approach is to champion projects that aim to explore, expand and cultivate authentic storytelling, with a keen interest in propelling forward the medium of cinema.

"The Programme provides creative and financial assistance for short and feature-length films, subject to eligibility criteria, by Qatari and international first- and second-time directors, as well as established MENA directors.

"Financial support is also available for TV and web series helmed by MENA scriptwriters and directors, subject to eligibility criteria.

"The TV fiction and creative documentary series development grant aims to assist independent screenwriters/producers from the MENA region in developing original serialized content intended for international audiovisual markets, while the web fiction and creative documentary series grant will support independent directors/producers from the MENA region in financing the production of original serialized content for the web."

For a comprehensive list of their past projects, which have included Cannes, Berlinale and Venice favourites, as well as past Academy Awards nominees, do check out the video below.

For Qatari filmmakers in addition to applying for funding through the Grants Programme, they are encouraged to submit their short and feature-length projects at any stage of evolution by contacting the Institute year-round.

MENA applicants are accepted with projects in development, production and post-production. Funding is available for first- and second-time directors from the MENA region for feature-length projects. Short films are eligible for production funding only. Established MENA directors may apply for post-production funding for feature-length projects.

Development funding is available to screenwriters from the MENA region for TV series. And production funding is available to directors from the MENA region for web series.

Furthermore, post-production funding is available for feature-length films by first- and second-time non-MENA directors.

To apply and for all information as well as Grants Agreement documents and Grants Guidelines, check out the DFI website. And don't forget to apply only from January 7-18, 2022.

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