From the Filming of Layla Hoteit Salas' documentary "Crayons of Askalan"
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The AFAC Documentary Program, launched 2013, is a three-year program that funds and supports creative documentary films that address social realities in the Arab region. The program welcomes, on an annual basis, submissions of short, medium-length and feature documentary film projects that are in production and post-production.
AFAC’s special program, The Arab Documentary Film Program (ADFP), came to a closure in 2012 at the term of its third cycle and with 44 supported documentaries. Yet our commitment to empowering strong documentary films from the Arab world is ongoing. The shifting socio-political grounds are fueling more narratives and digging old ones out as people are becoming more aware of the injustices decreed upon their lives. Documentaries from the Arab region address critical topics, and yet they continue to suffer from limited funding, underexposure, and alienation from regional and worldwide audiences. With the explosion of digital media production over the past decade, there is far more film and video content available from which audiences can choose. But it remains a challenge for most documentary filmmakers in the Arab world to find support—and audiences—for their works; a challenge that we will continue to address with the ADP.
Around 15 documentary projects will be supported in each cycle of the ADP program with a maximum grant amount of $50,000 per film. The selected projects will be given both financial as well as professional support by advisors and experts. The winning projects will benefit from network opportunities that bring their directors and producers into the market, the circuit of international film festivals as well as other fellow filmmakers and industry professionals.
For the short documentary projects, AFAC, along with other partners, is currently exploring ways of screenings and distribution via new media, in the aim of reaching out to wider audiences, making use of open digital platforms and their wide acceptance by young audiences.