We would like to thank all the filmmakers that apply, they all faced tremendous competition!
Our 22 selected filmmakers from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Turkey & UAE, worked intensely with the Close-Up team & mentors John Appel, Bruni Burres & Gitte Hansen, on the development of their written proposals, visual materials and trailers.
They were all asking fascinating questions on story, characters, cinematic vision, & storytelling. The filmmakers worked hard to break through their artistic challenges.
Besides the group and one on one sessions with the mentors, they attended a lecture on Storytelling by John Appel who shared excerpts from different documentary films.
The next day the filmmakers attended a lecture by Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Close-Up’s Special Expert. Hans Robert spoke about the written proposal & trailers and shared examples on production packages including trailers created by various emerging filmmakers from the MENA region and around the world.
On the last two days of the workshop the filmmakers presented their project and visual material to the whole group and received constructive feedback from the mentors & team. The workshop was concluded with concrete assignments each filmmaker received to be completed in the next coming weeks.
We have an amazing group of talented filmmakers, who are all excited about the opportunity to be part of the Close-Up program & family. They all share that besides the exceptional professional opportunity they are excited about the interaction with colleagues from the MENA region. It enriches their experience as they discover how much they have in common and what a beautiful rich region they come from. It was very moving to listen to their beautiful feedback about our fantastic week together!
The week started with 2 days of Editing Consultancy with four talented and prominent editors: Phil Jandaly, Nadia Ben Rachid, Giles Gardner and Joelle Alexis.
They discussed with the filmmakers their project’s developments in regards to storytelling, dramaturgy, character’s development and cinematic vision based on edited materials & written proposals that our filmmakers have shared with our mentors & editors in advance.
In parallel to these meetings, the filmmakers had the great opportunity to have one-on-one meetings on Financial Strategy with Producer and Close-Up Special Expert Hans Robert Eisenhauer.
He gave concrete feedback on the project’s development and discussed with them the potential of the projects for the international market.
In addition, he spoke about the strong selling points in term of Finance as well as who could support their projects. These meetings were followed by a group Lecture Hans Robert gave to all of us, discussing in-depth Financial Strategies in Documentary Filmmaking.
After working intensively all week, the filmmakers ended this 2nd Workshop with two days of Presentation in front of the entire group. They shared their visual materials and received feedback from the mentors, team and filmmakers on how to improve their projects.
In preparations for our Final Workshop & Pitching Forum scheduled for June 2020, the filmmakers are given specific assignments in regards to the edited materials & the development of the written proposal which the filmmakers will deliver in the next coming weeks.
In addition, next week, our filmmakers will be having a Masterclass by Nino Kirtadze and a Lecture on distribution by Gitte Hansen!
Additional inspiring activities are expected during April & May, stay tuned!