Arab Documentary Funding

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) has announced the winners of its Documentary Film Program Grants for the year 2010.  The grant of a total of 300,000 USD was given to 15 winners, along with a series of workshops and consultations with international advisors for the following year.  In partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, the Arab Documentary Film Program is dedicated to supporting contemporary nonfiction films produced by filmmakers targeting the audience in the Arab world.

The program objectives are three-fold.  First, it aims to contribute to the development and growth of the regional industry and talents in the field of documentary filmmaking.  Second, it aims to open opportunities for Arab directors and producers to participate in key international events and to promote Arab work in major international markets.  Third, is to reinforce competitiveness of Arab audiovisual works within the framework of an open and competitive Arab market.  The winners were Ahmed Fawzy Saleh, Egypt: The Tanneries Concerto/ Akram Zaatari, Lebanon: Twenty Eight Nights and a Poem/ Amer  Al  Shomali, Palestine: The Wanted 18/ Dima Abu Ghoush, Palestine: Emwas/ Elias  Moubarak, Lebanon: My Uncle, The Terrorist/ Habib Attia / Director Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia: Challat, the Best a Man can Get/ Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lebanon: Lebanese Rocket Society/ Karima Zoubir, Morocco: Woman with a Camera/ Laila Hotait Salas, Lebanon/Spain: The crayons of Askalan/ Louly Seif, Egypt: Take me Back to Sydney/ Malek  Bensmail, Algeria: Origins/ Nahed  Awwad, Palestine: The Mail/ Orwa Nyrabia / Director Omar Amiralay, Syria: Seduction/ Rania Stephan, Lebanon: The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni/ Regine Abadia, Algeria: Yasmina and Mohammed.

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) is a non-profit organization registered in Zurich, Switzerland with its regional office in Amman, Jordan.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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