SAFAR Film Festival: Film Development Workshop

19 September '20 at 10:00 am - 20 September '20 at 5:00 pm

In collaboration with the SAFAR Film Festival, Palestinian filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky will lead a free two-day project development workshop on September 19 & 20, 2020 for up to six early / mid career Arab filmmakers or filmmakers working on projects connected to or inspired by the Arab world. Applicants must apply with a film idea in mind, but it can be anything from an initial outline on paper to an early script. You don’t need to have a fully developed idea, you just need the enthusiasm and openness to work with others on developing your story.

During the two-day workshop, we’ll discuss each project in detail and develop the film’s narrative, possibilities for funding, and explore options for distribution. The sessions will be intensive, collaborative, and confidential, so you’ll need a willingness to share ideas and foster a supportive environment.

Any type of film – documentary, fiction, and everything in between – and any length is eligible. The workshops are being planned to take place physically, with social distancing measures, at the Arab British Centre in Gough Square, central London so for the moment only applicants based in the UK (or who can be present in the UK during the workshop) are eligible. If, however, circumstances change and the workshops need to be held virtually online, we will most likely need to adjust the schedule slightly.

Applications for the workshop are now closed.


The Arab British Centre

1 Gough Square


Arab British Centre

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