Rotterdam Lab will be launched virtually this year as part of the Rotterdam Film Festival.
Continuing to support Arab cinema, the Arab Cinema Center has selected Saudi film producer Mohammed Alhamoud and his Jordanian counterpart Rand Beiruty to be part of the Rotterdam Lab (1- 5 February) held within the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
This comes as part of a partnership between the Arab Cinema Center and the Rotterdam Lab that was initiated in 2016, which contributed to the participation of several Arab producers at the prestigious workshop.
Mohammed Alhamoud is a Saudi film producer who founded the Riyadh-based production house, Last Scene Films in Riyadh, KSA, specialised in producing independent arthouse features, documentaries, and short films. The company’s debut features is Last Visit by director Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan, marking the first Arab film selected at East of the West competition in Karlovy Varry International Film Festival and the Jury Award winner at Marrakech International Film Festival. The company produced several award-winning films, including Ertidad by Mohammed Alhamoud, which marks the first Saudi film at Claremont Font for short films.
Rand Beiruty has studied at several schools, workshops, including the Berlinale Talents, Beirut Talent, Film Leader Incubator Asia, Documentary Campus, Locarno Documentary School and Ji.hlava Academy. She’s now developing her first feature documentary titled Tell Them About Us that won her the Arab Cinema Magazine award at Cairo Film Connection, within Cairo International Film Festival.
Organised by Cinemart, the Rotterdam Lab will be launched virtually this year as part of the Rotterdam Film Festival (IFFR). A five-day training workshop for promising emerging producers from all over the world, the Rotterdam Lab offers a place to over 74 producers from over 40 countries. The aim of Rotterdam Lab is to provide emerging professionals with the means to build and develop an international network with providing confidence and skills to navigate the world of international film financing, sales and distribution.