CineGouna SpringBoard

This year, CineGouna SpringBoard is presenting 12 awards with a total of US$150,000, made possible through our sponsors and partners. The jury committee made of Arab and international film experts awards the best projects for the following prizes:
 
 

 

US $15,000

US $10,000

US $10,000

 

 

US $10,000

 

 

 

US $10,000

 

US $10,000

 

US $10,000

 

US $10,000

US $10,000

US $10,000

 

US $10,000

$10,000 (in-kind post-production services)

 

 

 

 

 

US $5,000

 

US $5,000 worth of film packaging services

 

 

 

US $5,000

 

US $5,000

 

Unlimited location shooting service for one Egyptian film

 

 

 

The CineGouna SpringBoard Awards Ceremony takes place on September 27, 2018 at TU Berlin campus, where winners are announced.

Filmmakers from across the Arab World can submit their applications for the CineGouna SpringBoard awards until July 22, 2018. Following the deadline, an internal committee selects 12 projects in development and 6 films in post-production to participate in the program. During CineGouna Platform, the selected projects pitch to a jury of international and regional experts, along with a group of 90 international decision makers and industry delegates. Additionally, CineGouna SpringBoard facilitates private meetings between the delegates and the filmmakers of the selected projects; and each team is assigned a mentor to provide tailored feedback on the project.

For Films in post Production   /  For Projects in Development

 

CINEGOUNA PLATFORM

EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (SEPTEMBER 20 TO 28)

FEATURE NARRATIVE AND FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN POST-PRODUCTION

Rules and Regulations

Article 1

Eligible submissions are in the following categories:

  1. Feature Narratives in post-production
  2. Feature Documentaries in post-production

For the purpose of submission to CineGouna Platform, feature narratives are defined as works of fiction that will be at least 65 minutes in length while feature documentaries are defined as non-fiction works that will be at least 52 minutes in length.

Films in post-production are films for which the principal photography has been completed, and work on post-production is still in progress.

Article 2

All applicants must comply with the following Rules & Regulations.

Article 3

Eligibility

a) The applicant: director and/or producer must be a national of or be originally from one of the countries listed below. In addition, at least one of the production companies must be from at least one of the following countries.

List of eligible countries:

Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

b) Projects must have both a director and a producer attached.

Article 4

Application

a) The application process needs to be completed online. Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

b) The application can be submitted only by the producer or the director of the project. Applications made by any other persons will not be accepted.

c) The applications for feature narratives or feature documentaries in post-production must contain the following:

  1. A completed online application form submitted through the GFF Website;
  2. A cover letter with brief details about the film;
  3. Biographies of director(s), producer(s) and key crew members (150 words max);
  4. Contact information for each director, producer and key crew member;
  5. Short Synopsis (250 words max);
  6. Director’s artistic statement (250 words max);
  7. Video Links of all previous work;
  8. Filmographies of the filmmaker(s) and producer(s);
  9. Financial plan with confirmed financing, and a budget for the requested funds;
  10. Copies of all confirmed financing agreements;
  11. Post-production estimated schedule;
  12. Video Link of a scene assemblage or a rough cut (not less than 30 minutes) of the film. Details such as film title, running time of rough cut, applicant’s name and contact information, must be provided along with video link. The rough cut must be subtitled in English, unless the film is in the English language.
  13. Detailed post-production budget and corresponding financial plan (in addition to the budget and financing plan of the whole production), with detailed information regarding the cost of the work not yet financed, along with an explanation of the budget deficit items and copies of documents regarding confirmed or requested funds.

d) CineGouna Platform reserves the right to use the title, publicity material, digital pictures, or clips of a selected project for promotion purposes.

e) The documents submitted by the applicant to CineGouna Platform must be rendered accessible to the third-party partners and evaluation committees associated with CineGouna Platform as well as to the consultants/experts or Juries participating in CineGouna Platform.

f) The submitted documents will be sent to the aforementioned parties by email. The applicant is aware of and understands the risks associated with correspondence by email . In particular, e-mail can be unwittingly lost or read, received, copied or falsified by outside parties, which may result in considerable damages.

g) The applicant allows GFF to conduct written email correspondence relating to the above-mentioned evaluation and to all matters associated with the CineGouna Platform, as well as to send project documents by e-mail, to the selection committees, consultants/experts, Juries and other third-party partners participating in the CineGouna Platform.

Article 5

Attendance

Once the project in development or film in post-production is selected, either the producer and / or the director of the project must be present in El Gouna from September 21 to 27, 2018. Participation in the Orientation Session that will be held on September 22, 2018 is mandatory. Accommodation, travel and accreditation of the director and the producerof the selected projects for CineGouna SpringBoard will be covered by GFF.

Selected international applicants are required to obtain the necessary visa on their own. GFF will provide all the necessary documents.

Article 6

Selection Process

Projects in development will be selected from applications received on or before the last date of submission: July 22, 2018.

The Selection Committee will select projects or films in post-production on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility.

The Selection Committee’s decision will be final and binding.

Article 7

Applicants may send in more than one submission, but only one film in post- production per director or producer will be selected. Each accepted submission will be eligible for any number of award.

The award will be subject to the terms of the CineGouna SpringBoard. Participants must sign an agreement and accept the terms and conditions of the award before receiving the award.

The winner of the CineGouna Platform Award must commit to holding the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) premiere of the film when it is ready at the immediate next edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Article 8

The selected film in post-production will compete for the following awards:

CineGouna Platform Certificate and cash award of US $15,000

Additional grants, funded by different institutions, are expected to join the CineGouna Platform. These funding institutions may require to be acknowledged for their support by way of inclusion of a line and their logo in the credits of the film once the film is completed. By submitting a project to CineGouna SpringBoard, the applicant agrees to include the text and logo in the credits of the film.

An International jury of film experts, invited by El Gouna Film Festival, will meet the representatives of the projects in development or films in post-production selected for the second edition of CineGouna SpringBoard to discuss their projects and help them fine-tune their projects.

The award will be decided by a Jury of industry experts and announced at the CineGouna Platform Closing Ceremony to be held on September 27, 2018.

The cash amount of the awards will be disbursed to the applicant who has submitted the project to CineGouna SpringBoard or to any other producer associated with the film that is nominated and authorised by the applicant to receive the grant. Such a nomination must be conveyed in writing to El Gouna Film Festival.

Article 9

CineGouna SpringBoard reserves the right to invite a film in post-production.

Article 10

CineGouna SpringBoard reserves the right to change the Rules and Regulations of the programs without prior notice.

Article 11

Credits

The applicant confirms, undertakes and agrees that in the event the applicant’s project in development is selected for an award of a grant by CineGouna Platform, the applicant shall not be entitled to release his film based on the said project (“Film”) without giving credit to CineGouna Platform and inserting the CineGouna Platform logo in the credits of the film, on its poster and all its publicity material once finalized. Appropriate resolution logo will be sent upon request. Fulfilling this condition is a prerequisite for the project’s eventual release on any distribution platform.

The applicant agrees to provide a DVD copy of the finished film along with one of each publicity material used prior to the release of the film to enable CineGouna Platform to ascertain that the credits and placement of the CineGouna Platform logo is accurate. In the event CineGouna Platform notifies the Applicant in writing to change the credits or placement of the CineGouna Platform logo, then the applicant shall be bound to carry out such changes. The applicant agrees and understands that CineGouna Platform shall be entitled to seek injunctive reliefs against the film in the event of the applicant’s breach of this obligation to accord CineGouna Platform with appropriate credits as directed by CineGouna Platform.

Article 12

CineGouna Platform is an industry oriented event whose aim is to enable film industry professionals to promote their projects and make valuable business contacts in the film circles. The role of El Gouna Film Festival in holding and organizing the CineGouna Platform is limited to providing a platform to the professionals in their interest and for the purpose specified above. The applicant agrees and undertakes that in case of a dispute in relation to the project submitted to CineGouna Platform with any third party including, but not limited to Intellectual Property Rights infringement claims or otherwise, the applicant will not make any claim against El Gouna Film Festival in this regard and will initiate claim only against the concerned person/ individual before the appropriate forum.

Article 13

Applicants agree to be bound by the laws of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Disputes, if any, will be subject exclusively to the jurisdiction of the Courts in Egypt.

 

CINEGOUNA PLATFORM

EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (SEPTEMBER 20 TO 28)

FEATURE NARRATIVE AND FEATURE DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

Rules and Regulations

Article 1

Eligible submissions are in the following categories:

  1. Feature Narratives in development
  2. Feature Documentaries in development

For the purpose of submission to CineGouna Platform, feature narratives are defined as works of fiction that will be at least 65 minutes in length while feature documentaries are defined as non-fiction works that will be at least 52 minutes in length

Projects in development are those for which principal photography has not yet been started.

Article 2

All applicants must comply with the following Rules & Regulations.

Article 3

Eligibility

a) The applicant: director and/or producer must be a national of or be originally from one of the countries listed below. In addition, at least one of the production companies must be from at least one of the following countries

List of eligible countries:

Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

b) Projects must have both a director and a producer attached.

Article 4

Application

a) The application process needs to be completed online. Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

b) The application can be submitted only by the producer or the director of the project. Applications made by any other persons will not be accepted.

c) The applications for Feature Narrative or Feature Documentary in development must contain the following:

  1. A completed online application form submitted through the GFF website;
  2. Logline (40 words max.)
  3. Short synopsis (250 words max);
  4. Director's Artistic Statement (250 words max.);
  5. Producer's Note (250 words max.);
  6. Production details (co-producers, funds, tentative timeline);
  7. Director's profile (150 words max.) and filmography;
  8. Producer's profile (150 words max.);
  9. Script in original language for narrative films, a mood book for documentaries;
  10. English translation of the script for narrative films, English translation of the mood book for documentaries;
  11. Treatment (7 to 12 pages) in original language;
  12. English translation of treatment.

d) CineGouna Platform reserves the right to use the title, publicity material, digital pictures, or clips of a selected project for promotion purposes.

e) The documents submitted by the applicant to CineGouna Platform must be rendered accessible to the third-party partners and evaluation committees associated with CineGouna Platform as well as to the consultants/experts or Juries participating in CineGouna Platform.

f) The submitted documents will be sent to the aforementioned parties by email. The applicant is aware of and understands the risks associated with correspondence by email . In particular, e-mail can be unwittingly lost or read, received, copied or falsified by outside parties, which may result in considerable damages.

g) The applicant allows GFF to conduct written email correspondence relating to the above-mentioned evaluation and to all matters associated with the CineGouna Platform, as well as to send project documents by e-mail, to the selection committees, consultants/experts, Juries and other third-party partners participating in the CineGouna Platform.

Article 5

Attendance

Once the project in development or film in post-production is selected, either the producer and / or the director of the project must be present in El Gouna from September 21 to 27, 2018. Participation in the Orientation Session that will be held on September 22, 2018 is mandatory. Accommodation, travel and accreditation of the director and the producerof the selected projects for CineGouna SpringBoard will be covered by GFF.

Selected international applicants are required to obtain the necessary visa on their own. GFF will provide all the necessary documents.

Article 6

Selection Process

Projects in development will be selected from applications received on or before the last date of submission: July 22, 2018.

The Selection Committee will select projects or films in post-production on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility.

The Selection Committee’s decision will be final and binding.

Article 7

Applicants may send in more than one submission, but only one film in post- production per director or producer will be selected. Each accepted submission will be eligible for any number of award.

The award will be subject to the terms of the CineGouna SpringBoard. Participants must sign an agreement and accept the terms and conditions of the award before receiving the award.

The winner of the CineGouna Platform Award must commit to holding the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) premiere of the film when it is ready at the immediate next edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Article 8

The selected project in development will compete for the following awards:

CineGouna Platform Certificate and cash award of US $15,000

Additional grants, funded by different institutions, are expected to join the CineGouna Platform. These funding institutions may require to be acknowledged for their support by way of inclusion of a line and their logo in the credits of the film once the film is completed. By submitting a project to CineGouna SpringBoard, the applicant agrees to include the text and logo in the credits of the film.
An International jury of film experts, invited by El Gouna Film Festival, will meet the representatives of the projects in development or films in post-production selected for the second edition of CineGouna SpringBoard to discuss their projects and help them fine-tune their projects.

The award will be decided by a Jury of industry experts and announced at the CineGouna Platform Closing Ceremony to be held on September 27, 2018.

The cash amount of the awards will be disbursed to the applicant who has submitted the project to CineGouna SpringBoard or to any other producer associated with the film that is nominated and authorised by the applicant to receive the grant. Such a nomination must be conveyed in writing to El Gouna Film Festival.

Article 9

CineGouna SpringBoard reserves the right to invite a project in development.

Article 10

CineGouna SpringBoard reserves the right to change the Rules and Regulations of the programs without prior notice.

Article 11

Credits

The applicant confirms, undertakes and agrees that in the event the applicant’s project in development is selected for an award of a grant by CineGouna Platform, the applicant shall not be entitled to release his film based on the said project (“Film”) without giving credit to CineGouna Platform and inserting the CineGouna Platform logo in the credits of the film, on its poster and all its publicity material once finalized. Appropriate resolution logo will be sent upon request. Fulfilling this condition is a prerequisite for the project’s eventual release on any distribution platform.

The applicant agrees to provide a DVD copy of the finished film along with one of each publicity material used prior to the release of the film to enable CineGouna Platform to ascertain that the credits and placement of the CineGouna Platform logo is accurate. In the event CineGouna Platform notifies the Applicant in writing to change the credits or placement of the CineGouna Platform logo, then the applicant shall be bound to carry out such changes. The applicant agrees and understands that CineGouna Platform shall be entitled to seek injunctive reliefs against the film in the event of the applicant’s breach of this obligation to accord CineGouna Platform with appropriate credits as directed by CineGouna Platform.

Article 12

CineGouna Platform is an industry oriented event whose aim is to enable film industry professionals to promote their projects and make valuable business contacts in the film circles. The role of El Gouna Film Festival in holding and organizing the CineGouna Platform is limited to providing a platform to the professionals in their interest and for the purpose specified above. The applicant agrees and undertakes that in case of a dispute in relation to the project submitted to CineGouna Platform with any third party including, but not limited to Intellectual Property Rights infringement claims or otherwise, the applicant will not make any claim against El Gouna Film Festival in this regard and will initiate claim only against the concerned person/ individual before the appropriate forum.

Article 13

Applicants agree to be bound by the laws of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Disputes, if any, will be subject exclusively to the jurisdiction of the Courts in Egypt.

The selected projects in development are:

  • Barzakh, directed by: Laila Abbas

  • Curfew, directed by: Elyes Baccar

  • Dead Dog, directed by: Sarah Francis

  • Embodied Chorus, directed by: Danielle Davie, Mohamed Sabbah

  • Fouledh, directed by: Mehdi Hmili, Abdallah Chamekh

  • Gaza DC, directed by: Rashid Masharawi

  • Hanging Gardens, directed by: Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji

  • Soad, directed by: Ayten Amen

  • The Doubt, directed by: Ihab Jadallah

  • The Man Who Sold His Skin, directed by: Kaouther Ben Hania

  • Waiting for the Train, directed by: Zeina Sfeir

  • Yam & I, directed by: Nadine Salib

 

The selected films in post-production are:

  • 1982, directed by: Oualid Mouaness

  • Certified Mail, directed by: Hisham Saqr

  • Fataria, directed by: Walid TAYAA

  • I Am a Script Girl, directed by: Mina Nabil  

  • Off Khartoum Sides, directed by: Marwa Zein

  • Underdown, directed by: Sara Kaskas