Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of CGP, where two projects will be awarded $20,000 worth of production and post-production services.
El Gouna Film Festival has partnered with Filmlab: Palestine for the second edition of its Sunbird Stories programme. The programme was launched in partnership with Cinephilia Productions and Drosos Foundation.
For the fifth year, El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) continues to build on collaborations and partnerships with key industry players to empower and support Arab filmmakers and cinema in the region and internationally.
A state-of-the-art development and production programme, Sunbird Stories was created by Filmlab: Palestine and Cinephilia Productions to instigate the growth of imaginative and thought-provoking films for young audiences across the Arab world.
For its second edition, Sunbird Stories will work on the development of five narrative short films, shortlisted from a number of submitted projects, by emerging Arab filmmakers in the genre of children, teens, family and coming of age stories. Sunbird Stories will offer the filmmakers advanced project development and training, as well as production packaging and financial and distribution plans.
Sunbird Stories received a total of 51 submissions from different countries across the Arab that include 37 submissions from Egypt, five submissions from Lebanon, three submissions from Palestine, three submissions from Jordan, two submissions from Iraq and one submission from Sudan. It is worth noting that 20 female filmmakers submitted their projects this year.
After the shortlisted projects are announced, a jury of industry professionals will organise a table-read for each of the five projects, followed by a Q&A session during the forthcoming edition of CineGouna Platform (CGP), set to take place from October 16-21, 2021.
Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of CGP, where two projects will be awarded, each, $20,000 worth of production and post-production services offered by Drosos Foundation.