The AFAC Documentary Program supports creative documentary films in the Arab region. The program welcomes submissions of short, medium-length and feature documentary film projects that are in development, production or post-production phases.
The program provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand U.S. dollars up to a maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars for Development grants and up to fifty thousand U.S. dollars for Production and Post-production grants.
In the event that the grantee does not sign the grant contract within 60 days upon receipt thereof, the grant will be canceled. Projects must be completed within 2 years of signing the contract, during which grantees are expected so submit the necessary financial and narrative reports.
No grantee will be awarded more than two deadline extensions during the grant period; such extensions should be justified by the grantee and approved by AFAC.
AFAC does not offer mobility grants. Travel costs can be covered by the AFAC grant only when they are part of the implementation of a project.
AFAC is open to receive project applications from Arab directors and producers living in the Arab region or in the diaspora. A non-Arab producer can apply for a grant provided that the film director is Arab. It is highly recommended that film projects applying to the production and post-production grants have producers attached to them. Project applications are accepted irrespective of age, years of experience, country of residence, ethnicity, gender or religion.
A film producer is eligible to apply with a maximum of two projects per category per cycle provided the two projects are not attached to the same director. However, if a film producer has one open grant, s/he can apply with one project. If s/he has two open grants, s/he is not eligible to apply before closing one grant at least.
AFAC will not consider applications submitted by:
Members of the Board of Trustees, their business partners or family members.
AFAC staff members, their business partners or family members.
Members of the current year’s readers and jurors’ committees.
Recipients of two consecutive grants unless two years had passed since the last grant (e.g. If a grantee had received two grants in 2016 and 2017, s/he can apply again in 2020).
A director who already has an open grant from AFAC (whether the contract is in her/his name or in the producer’s name).
Each director is entitled to only one application in the same category.
If a director has an application that is in process, s/he cannot submit another application in any category until the result of the current application in process is announced.
AFAC only covers project-related expenses (including Artist fees). Neither running operating costs nor purchase of equipment can be covered by the grant.
Place and Duration
AFAC will not provide support retroactively, i.e. to projects already completed. For projects that have already started, AFAC will cover the expenses that will occur only after the signature of the contract if the project is selected.
Projects may be implemented anywhere as long as they are created by Arab filmmakers.
The project’s time frame should not exceed 24 months.
How to Apply
Applications are only accepted through our online application forms available on our website. Applications submitted via regular mail or e-mail will not be accepted.
The applicant will receive a confirmation e-mail once the online application has been received. AFAC will not contact applicants if any part of their application is incomplete.
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
To apply, please login with your username and password. visit the program page you are interested in applying to and click on apply. In case you don’t have an existing account, please create one here.
If the application is submitted by the producer, make sure to provide samples of the director’s previous works if any.
Applications lacking in supporting material will not be considered for evaluation nor will the applicant be contacted to send the missing material.
If applying for a post-production fund, a rough cut (10 minutes and above for medium-length projects; 25 minutes and above for feature-length projects) is mandatory. A trailer can be sent in addition to the rough cut.
If you are applying for a production fund, you need to submit a selection of edited scenes from the submitted project. You can send a trailer in addition to the edited scenes.
If you are applying with a project that is partly or fully animated, the submission of a mood board is mandatory.
Supporting files/samples for submitted project and previous works smaller than 10 MB can be uploaded directly to the application.
Supporting files/samples for submitted project and previous works exceeding 10 MB should be included as links to files on sharing websites (such as Dropbox, Vimeo, YouTube…).
Following the submission deadline, AFAC will conduct an administrative check to ensure that applications are complete and adhere to the guidelines. Only applications that pass the administrative check will be processed. An independent readers’ committee will then assess the received proposals and select the applications to be sent to the independent jurors’ committee which will assess the preselected applications and choose the projects to be granted. Please see Evaluation Process for more details.
An automatic email will be sent to the applicants whose projects did not pass the preselection phase.
AFAC is not obliged to cover the total amount of the requested grant.
The grant winners will be announced and published on the AFAC website and Facebook page after the jury meetings conclude. An automatic email will be sent to applicants whose projects were not selected to receive grants.
As soon as the grant winners are announced, AFAC will draft a grant contract to be signed by the grantees. The contract will include start and end dates, grant amount, budget breakdown, financial requirements, payment schedule, general provisions, implementation and amendments, required reports and project results.
Payment Conditions & Schedule
For development grants, the grantee will receive 70% of the grant amount as a first payment. Once the project is completed and the grantee has submitted the deliverables, narrative and financial reports, the remaining 30% will be transferred.
For production grants, grantees will receive 25% of the grant amount as the first payment. When 80% of the first payment has been spent AND the shooting has started, the grantee must submit an interim narrative and financial report to AFAC. Once the report is approved, grantees will receive 60% of the grant total amount as a second payment.
With submission of the final deliverables and reports, the remaining 15% of the grant total amount will be transferred and the grant will be closed.
For post-production grants, grantees will receive 50% of the grant amount as the first payment. Once the project is completed and the grantee has submitted the deliverables, narrative and financial reports, the remaining 50% will be transferred.
Grantees should provide AFAC with ten copies of the final outputs of the project, when applicable.