The deadline for receiving applications is October 6, through the festival's official website.
The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) through Cairo Industry Days, has opened submissions for Egyptian TV projects in its final development stages. The potential applicants can submit to TV Pitch Market which is being held for the second year in partnership with the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI), under the US Department of State.
Deadline for receiving applications is October 6, through the festival’s official website.
Eligible TV projects must be original or adapted from a literary work, made by Egyptian writers/directors residing in the country with previous artistic works, and have an Egyptian producer attached to the projects who produced at least one film or TV show.
This initiative is an opportunity for a selected Arab and Egyptian TV content creators to pitch their projects directly to Arab and International TV executives and buyers, including digital platforms and production companies.
By organising the TV Pitch Market, Cairo Industry Days aims to select six Egyptian TV projects in its final stages of development to join other nine Arab projects picked by the Middle East Media Initiative to be part of a mentorship and development programme led by the initiative’s experts.
Through a series of workshops, the selected TV content makers will be equipped to develop their project to eventually pitch it to local and international TV producers, as well as Arab and international platforms and buyers. Cairo Industry Days will also host online pitching sessions for selected projects and festival guests who will not be able to join the pitch in Cairo.
Aliaa Zaky, Head of Cairo Industry Days, said: “Cairo International Film Festival is keen to continue its role as a major supporter of the entertainment industry in Egypt and the Arab world by providing more opportunities for both distinguished film and TV projects, noting that cooperation with MEMI will give content creators the opportunity to directly engage with international and Arab platforms to pitch their projects and discuss ways of cooperation. This is a key role that the festival is keen to present to TV creators, in parallel with what it already offered to filmmakers through the Cairo Film Connection.”
Zaky also revealed that the summit that was organised during the last edition of Cairo Industry Days in cooperation with MEMI, provided opportunities for communication between Arab TV creators and executives of major platforms and production companies in the world. Those selected participants were able to obtain opportunities to attend conferences and pitch their projects to more potential partners.
Cairo Industry Days is held in partnership with the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), and provides an important space for discussions, communication, meetings, workshops and masterclasses, and partnership opportunities between Arab talents and regional and international key industry professionals to further support Arab Cinema.