About the Programme

What was the MENA Programme?

In the wake of the Arab Spring and in response to calls for a training course aimed at Middle Eastern and North African filmmakers, we launched the MENA programme in 2012 in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Kairo and organised tailor-made workshops in Cairo, Tunis, Leipzig and Berlin from 2012-2014. Among other things, the programme gave filmmakers from the region the chance to tell their stories from the Egyptian, Libyan and Tunisian revolutions, the impact they have had on society and the deception people have felt, particularly in Egypt, when their revolutionary aims were not realised.

The Middle Eastern and North African programme was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office as part of the German-Egyptian (-Tunisian) Transformation Partnership. The course offered professionals and talented up-and-coming filmmakers a unique opportunity to enter the international non-fiction market. The training included directors and producers from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Lebanon.

HERE you can find a summary of The MENA Program and some of its finished films.

Here is a short highlight clip from our workshop in Cairo 2013

How it worked:

Participants attended three workshops aimed at developing their stories for the international market. In 2012 and 2013, these took place in Cairo, Tunis and Leipzig. After the final workshop in Leipzig, two participants got the chance to pitch their projects to commissioning editors at the Leipzig Networking Days.

In 2014, we held a one week-long workshop in Berlin and selected again two participants for Leipzig.

Sessions focused on storytelling, budgeting, the legal aspects of international coproductions, distribution, crowdfunding and finance, making a trailer, project presentation and pitching.