Submission for the 5th edition of CineGouna Platform is now closed!
a) Short narratives in development
b) Short narratives in post-production
Short narratives are defined as films with a maximum runtime of 30 minutes.
Short narratives in development are films for which principal photography has not yet begun. Short narratives in post-production are films for which the principal photography has been completed, and post-production work is still in progress.
All applicants must comply with the rules and regulations written herein or added hereafter.
i. A completed online application form submitted through GFF’s website
ii. Logline (40 words max)
iii. Short synopsis (250 words max)
iv. Director's artistic statement (250 words max)
v. Producer's note (250 words max)
vi. Production details (co-producers, funds, tentative timeline)
vii. Director's profile (150 words max) and filmography
viii. Producer's profile (150 words max)
ix. The script in the original language of the narrative
x. An English translation of the script
xi. Director’s treatment in the original language of the narrative (2 to 5 pages)
xii. An English translation of the director’s treatment
d) The applications for short narratives in post-production must contain the following:
i. A completed online application form submitted through GFF’s website
ii. A cover letter with brief details about the film
iii. Biographies of director(s), producer(s) and key crew members (150 words max)
iv. Contact information of each director, producer and key crew member
v. Short synopsis (250 words max)
vi. Director’s artistic statement (250 words max)
vii. Video links to the applicant’s previous work(s), if applicable
viii. Filmographies of the filmmaker(s) and producer(s)
ix. A financial plan with confirmed financing and a budget for the requested funds
x. Copies of confirmed financing agreements
xi. A tentative schedule of the post-production activities
xii. A video link to a scene assemblage or a rough cut of the film. Details such as the film title, the running time of the rough cut, the applicant’s name and contact information must be provided with the video link. The rough cut must have English subtitles, unless English is the original language of the film.
xiii. A detailed post-production budget plan and a 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 any documents regarding confirmed or requested funds.
e) GFF reserves the right to use the title, publicity material, digital pictures, or clips of a selected project for promotion purposes.
f) The documents submitted by the applicant to GFF must be rendered accessible to third-party partners and evaluation committees associated with GFF, as well as participating consultants/experts or jury members.
g) The submitted documents will be sent to the above-mentioned parties via email. By agreeing to these rules and regulations, the applicant is aware of and understands the risks associated with correspondence by email. In particular, emails can be unwittingly lost, or read, received, copied or falsified by outside parties, which may result in considerable damages.
h) The applicant allows GFF to conduct written email correspondence relating to the above-mentioned evaluation.
a) Once the project in development or film in post-production is selected, the producer and/or the director will be invited to attend activities of GFF, in particular the activities of CineGouna Platform taking place during the festival from October 16 to October 21, 2021.
b) Participation in the orientation session that will be held on October 16, 2021 is mandatory.
c) Accommodation, travel and accreditation of the director and the producer of the selected projects will be covered by GFF.
a) Projects in development will be selected from applications received on or before the last date of submission, September 12, 2021. Films in post-production will be selected from applications received on or before the last date of submission, September 12, 2021.
b) The selection committee will select projects or films in post-production on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility.
c) The selection committee’s decision will be final and binding.
- Applicants may send in more than one submission, but only one project or film in post-production per director or producer will be selected. Each accepted submission will be eligible for the Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers.
- To be eligible for receiving the award, participants must sign an agreement and accept the terms and conditions of the festival and/or the award in question.
- The selected projects will receive a certificate and a cash award of USD $10,000.
- A three-member jury will evaluate and choose the winning project from the submissions based on its merits. The jury is comprised of one representative from GFF, one family member of the late Khaled Bichara, and one industry expert.
- If the nominated project wins the award, the aforementioned cash amount will be disbursed to the applicant who has submitted the project, or to the producer, who must be authorized to receive the grant. Such authorization must be conveyed by the applicant in writing to GFF.
GFF reserves the right to invite a project or a film in post-production.
GFF reserves the right to add to, modify, or change the rules and regulations of the programs without prior notice. Changes will be published on the festival’s official webpage.
a) The applicant confirms, undertakes and agrees that in the event that the applicant’s project or film in post-production is selected for an award or a grant, the applicant shall not be entitled to release her/his film without giving credit to CineGouna Platform and inserting the CineGouna Platform logo in the credits of the film, on its poster, and all publicity materials once finalized. The logo at the appropriate resolution will be sent upon request. Fulfilling this condition is a prerequisite for the project’s eventual release on any distribution platform.
b) 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 are accurate.
c) In the event that CineGouna Platform notifies the applicant in writing to change the credits or placement of the CineGouna Platform logo, the applicant shall be bound to carry out such changes.
d) The applicant agrees and understands that CineGouna Platform shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief against the film in the event that the applicant breaches this obligation to accord CineGouna Platform with appropriate credits, as directed by the CineGouna Platform.
The award has been established to honor the memory of the late Khaled Bichara, former CEO of Orascom Development Holding, and his legacy of faith in those who think and act outside the box. The award was announced during the 4th edition of GFF and henceforth will become an annual and regular feature of the GFF awards.
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.
Completed entry form and all required enclosures should be submitted online.
For more information or inquiries, please email us at Gouna Short Film Form at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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