FIDMarseille is pleased to collaborate with Berlinale Talents to launch Talents Beirut. An initiative of the Metropolis Art Cinema Association and the Goethe Institut, both in Beirut, Talents Beirut seeks to encourage filmmaking talents throughout the Arab world.
The third edition of Talents Beirut will take place between September 22 – 26, 2016 and will be focused on photography, editing, sound design, and musical composition. Around 15 artists and technicians will be invited to participate and to meet renowned experts who will share their knowledge and expertise in a series of workshops, training courses, and conferences. Directors of photography, editors, sound engineers, and sound mixers from the following countries are eligible to participate: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Until May 24, 2016, interested parties may apply online at www.talents-beirut.com
According to the Talents Beirut Director, Hania Mroué: “The collaboration between the key partners Berlinale Talents in Germany and FIDMarseille in France, with the support of the Goethe Institut, offers a unique opportunity to promote the development of a new and strong generation within the Arab filmmaking industry.”
FIDMarseille is closely tracking the production of these countries. In recent years, the following, award-winning films have been selected at FIDMarseille: Loubia Hamra (Red beans) by Narimane Mari; Babylon by Ala Edine Slim, Ismael Chebbi and Youssef Chebi; 74 (la reconstitution d'une lutte) by Rania et Raed Rafei; Sur place, 4 revenants des guerres libanaises by Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim; Les trois disparitions de Soad Housni by Rania Stefan; Waiting for Abu Zayd by Mohammad Ali Atassi and Two meters of this land by Ahmad Natche.
Also worth mentioning are the projects selected in the FIDLab, FIDMarseille’s professional platform: Le Challat de Tunis by Kaouther Ben Hania; Yamo by Rami Nihawi and Non, on ne vivra pas longtemps by El Mehdi Azzam.
The complete programme and the participants selected will be announced this summer.