CineGouna SpringBoard

All selected projects in development and films in post-production will compete for awards that will be decided by a jury of industry experts. The best project in development and film in postproduction will receive a CineGouna Platform Certificate and a cash prize of US $15,000 each. Additional awards and cash prizes are presented through partnerships with the local and regional institutions listed below. A total prize value of more than US $250,000 will be awarded during the CineGouna Platform Awards Ceremony to be held at the Marina Theatre on September 26, 2019.
-US $15,000 from Drosos Foundation
-US $15,000 from El Taher Media Production
-US $10,000 from iProductions
-US $10,000 from Arab Radio & Television Network (ART)
-US $10,000 from Synergy Films
-US $10,000 from Ergo Media Ventures
-US $10,000 from New Century Production
-US $10,000 from Lagoonie Film Production
-US $10,000 from Rotana
-US $10,000 from Maqam Productions
-US $5,000 from Waraq powered by Magic Beans
-US $5,000 from Art City for Cinema and TV Production
-US $50,000 pre-sale from OSN
-US $15,000 value for the participation of a screenwriter in the Film Independent Spirit Awards Residency (7 days in LA) from Film Independent and U.S. Embassy
-US $15,000 value for the participation of a creative producer in the Film Independent Forum Residency (7 days in LA) from Film Independent and U.S. Embassy
-US $10,000 worth of post-production services (edit and color grading) from The Cell Post Production
-US $10,000 worth of color grading services from The Cell Creative Media Solutions
-Participation of two filmmakers in IEFTA's Global Film Expression initiative, and sponsorship to attend a partnering festival lab or workshop from IEFTA
-Unlimited location shooting service from Dakhli West El Balad

Filmmakers from across the Arab World can submit their applications for the CineGouna SpringBoard awards until July 18, 2019. Following the deadline, an internal committee selects 12 projects in development and 6 films in post-production to participate in the program. During CineGouna Platform, the selected projects pitch to a jury of international and regional experts, along with a group of 90 international decision makers and industry delegates. Additionally, CineGouna SpringBoard facilitates private meetings between the delegates and the filmmakers of the selected projects; and each team is assigned a mentor to provide tailored feedback on the project.

Selected feature narrative projects in development for the 3rd edition of CineGouna SpringBoard are:

 Plum Season by Rim Mejdi (Morocco)

 Severed Head by Lotfi Achour (Tunisia)

 Straight to the Goal by Tamer Ashry (Egypt)

 Tunis - Djerba by Amel Guellaty (Tunisia)

 Harvest by Ely Dagher (Lebanon)

 It's a Sad and Beautiful World by Cyril Aris (Lebanon)

 Daughters of Abdul-Rahman by Zaid Abu Hamdan (Jordan)

Feature documentary projects in development are:

 The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Mohamed Taher (Egypt)

 Those Who Remained by Lina Sinjab (Lebanon)

 Yalla, Baba! by Angie Obeid (Lebanon)

 Looking for Sa’adah by Areen Omari (Palestine)

 Ethel by Mohamed Siam (Egypt)

 

The two feature narrative films in post-production are:

 Another Day in Baghdad by Maysoon Pachachi (Iraq)

Mica by Ismaël Ferroukhi (Morocco).

The three selected documentary films in post-production are: 

A Long Breath by Remi Itani (Lebanon)

 Captains of Za'atari by Ali El-Arabi (Egypt)

 Far From the Nile by Sherief Elkatsha (Egypt)

Our Dark 70s by Ali Essafi (Morocco)

 

Article 1

Submissions are invited in the following general categories:

a.    Feature Narratives in development

b.    Feature Documentaries in development

c.     Feature Narratives in post-production

d.    Feature Documentaries in post-production

For the purpose of submission to CineGouna Platform, feature narratives are defined as works of fiction that will be at least 65 minutes in length, while feature documentaries are defined as non-fiction works that will be at least 52 minutes in length.

Projects in development are those for which principal photography has not yet been started. Films in post-production are films for which the principal photography has been completed, and work on post-production is still in progress.

Article 2

All applicants must comply with the following Rules and Regulations.

Article 3

Eligibility

a) The applicant: Director must be a national of or be originally from one of the countries listed below. In addition, at least one of the production companies must be from at least one of the following countries.

List of eligible countries:

Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

b) Projects must have both a director and a producer attached.

Article 4

Application

a) The application process is to be completed online. Hard copies of applications will not be accepted. 

b) The application can only be submitted by the producer or the director of the project. Applications made by any other persons will not be accepted.

c) The applications for Feature Narratives or Feature Documentaries in development must contain the following:

i. A completed online application form submitted through the GFF website;

ii. Logline (40 words max);

iii. Short synopsis (250 words max);

iv. Director's artistic statement (250 words max);

v. Producer's note (250 words max);

vi. Production details (co-producers, funds, tentative timeline);

vii. Director's profile (150 words max) and filmography;

viii. Producer's profile (150 words max);

ix. Script in original language for narrative films, a mood book for documentaries;

x. English translation of the script for narrative films, English translation of the mood book for documentaries;

xi. Treatment (7 to 12 pages) in original language;

xii. English translation of treatment.

d) The applications for Feature Narratives or Feature Documentaries in post-production must contain the following:

i. A completed online application form submitted through the GFF website;

ii. A cover letter with brief details about the film;

iii. Biographies of director(s), producer(s) and key crew members (150 words max);

iv. Contact information for each director, producer and key crew member;

v. Short synopsis (250 words max);

vi. Director’s artistic statement (250 words max);

vii. Video links of all previous work;

viii. Filmographies of the filmmaker(s) and producer(s);

ix. Financial plan with confirmed financing, and a budget for the requested funds;

x. Copies of all confirmed financing agreements;

xi. Post-production estimated schedule;

xii. Video link of a scene assemblage or a rough cut (not less than 30 minutes) of the film. Details such as film title, running time of rough cut, applicant’s name and contact information must be provided along with video link. The rough cut must be subtitled in English, unless the original language of the film is English. 

xiii. Detailed post-production budget and corresponding financial plan (in addition to the budget and financing plan of the whole production), with detailed information regarding the cost of the work not yet financed, along with an explanation of the budget deficit items and copies of documents regarding confirmed or requested funds.

e) CineGouna Platform reserves the right to use the title, publicity material, digital pictures, or clips of a selected project for promotion purposes.

f) The documents submitted by the applicant to CineGouna Platform must be rendered accessible to the third-party partners and evaluation committees associated with CineGouna Platform, as well as to the consultants/experts or jury members participating in CineGouna Platform.

g) The submitted documents will be sent to the aforementioned parties by email. The applicant is aware of and understands the risks associated with correspondence by email. In particular, email can be unwittingly lost or read, received, copied or falsified by outside parties, which may result in considerable damages.

h) The applicant allows GFF to conduct written email correspondence relating to the above-mentioned evaluation and to all matters associated with the CineGouna Platform, as well as to send project documents by email to the selection committees, consultants/experts, jury members and other third-party partners participating in the CineGouna Platform.

Article 5

Attendance

Once the project in development or film in post-production is selected, either the producer and/or the director of the project must be present in El Gouna from September 21 to 26, 2019.

Participation in the Orientation Session that will be held on September 21, 2019 is mandatory.

Accommodation, travel and accreditation of the director and the producer of the selected projects for CineGouna SpringBoard will be covered by GFF.

Selected international applicants are required to obtain the necessary visa on their own. GFF will provide all the necessary documents.

Article 6

Selection Process

Projects in development will be selected from applications received on or before the last date of submission: July 2, 2019. Films in post-production will be selected from applications received on or before the last date of submission: July 18, 2019

The Selection Committee will select projects or films in post-production on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility.

The Selection Committee’s decision will be final and binding.

Article 7

Applicants may send in more than one submission, but only one project or film in post-production per director or producer will be selected. Each accepted submission will be eligible for any number of awards.

The award will be subject to the terms of the CineGouna SpringBoard. Participants must sign an agreement and accept the terms and conditions of the award before receiving the award.

The winner of the CineGouna Platform Award must commit to holding the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) premiere of the film, when it is ready, at the immediate next edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Article 8

The selected projects in development will compete for the following awards:

Projects in Development

CineGouna Platform Certificate and a cash award of US $15,000

Films in Post-production

CineGouna Platform Certificate and a cash award of US $15,000

Additional grants, funded by different institutions, are expected to join the CineGouna Platform. These funding institutions may require to be acknowledged for their support by way of inclusion of a line and their logo in the credits of the film once the film is completed. By submitting a project to CineGouna SpringBoard, the applicant agrees to include the text and logo in the credits of the film.

An international jury of film experts, invited by El Gouna Film Festival, will meet the representatives of the projects in development or films in post-production selected for the 3rd  edition of CineGouna SpringBoard to discuss their projects and help them fine-tune their projects.

The award will be decided by a jury of industry experts and announced at the CineGouna Platform Closing Ceremony to be held on September 26, 2019.

The cash amount of the awards will be disbursed to the applicant who has submitted the project to CineGouna SpringBoard, or to any other producer associated with the film that is nominated and authorized by the applicant to receive the grant. Such a nomination must be conveyed in writing to El Gouna Film Festival.

Article 9

CineGouna Platform reserves the right to invite a project or a film in post-production.

Article 10

CineGouna Platform reserves the right to change the Rules and Regulations of the programs without prior notice. Changes will be published on the festival’s official website.

Article 11

Credits

The applicant confirms, undertakes and agrees that in the event that the applicant’s project or film in post-production is selected for an award or a grant by CineGouna Platform, the applicant shall not be entitled to release her/his film based on the said project without giving credit to CineGouna Platform and inserting the CineGouna Platform logo in the credits of the film, on its poster and all its publicity material once finalized. The logo at the appropriate resolution will be sent upon request. Fulfilling this condition is a prerequisite for the project’s eventual release on any distribution platform.

The applicant agrees to provide a DVD copy of the finished film along with one of each publicity material used prior to the release of the film to enable CineGouna Platform to ascertain that the credits and placement of the CineGouna Platform logo are accurate. In the event that CineGouna Platform notifies the applicant in writing to change the credits or placement of the CineGouna Platform logo, then the applicant shall be bound to carry out such changes. The applicant agrees and understands that CineGouna Platform shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief against the film in the event of the applicant’s breach of this obligation to accord CineGouna Platform with appropriate credits as directed by CineGouna Platform.

Article 12

CineGouna Platform is an industry-oriented event whose aim is to enable film industry professionals to promote their projects and make valuable business contacts in the film circles. The role of El Gouna Film Festival in holding and organizing the CineGouna Platform is limited to providing a platform to the professionals in their interest and for the purpose specified above. The applicant agrees and undertakes that in case of a dispute in relation to the project submitted to CineGouna Platform with any third party, including but not limited to Intellectual Property Rights infringement claims or otherwise, the applicant will not make any claim against El Gouna Film Festival in this regard and will initiate claim only against the concerned individual before the appropriate forum.

Article 13

Applicants agree to be bound by the laws of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Disputes, if any, will be subject exclusively to the jurisdiction of the Courts in Egypt.

The selected projects in development are:

  • The  Official Award of Cinegouna Platform: Harvest, directed by Ely Dagher
  • Drosos Foundation award: Harvest, directed by Ely Dagher

  • iProductions award: Straight to The Goal, directed by Tamer Ashry

  • Ergo Media Ventures award: Straight to The Goal, directed by Tamer Ashry

  • Waraq powered by Magic Beans award: Straight to The Goal, directed by Tamer Ashry

  • Participation of a screenwriter in the Film Independent Spirit Awards Residency: Straight to The Goal, directed by Tamer Ashry

  • Unlimited location shooting service from Dakhli West El Balad: Straight to The Goal, directed by Tamer Ashry

  • El Taher Media Production award: Yalla, Baba!, directed by Angie Obeid

  • Arab Radio & Television Network (ART) award: Daughters of Abdul-Rahman, directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan

  • Rotana award: Daughters of Abdul-Rahman, directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan

  • Synergy Films award: The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, directed by Mohamed Taher

  • Participation of a creative producer in the Film Independent Forum Residency: The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, directed by Mohamed Taher 

  • Participate in IEFTA’s Global Film Expression Initiative: Plum Season,  directed by Rim Mejdi 

  • Lagoonie Film Production award: Severed Head, directed by Lotfi Achour

  • Art City for Cinema and TV Production award: Looking for Sa’adah, directed by Areen Omari

 

The selected films in post-production are:

  • The  Official Award of Cinegouna Platform: A Long Breath, directed by Remi Itani
  •  New Century Production award: Captains of Za’atari, directed by Ali El-Arabi

  • The Cell Creative Media Solutions award: Captains of Za’atari, directed by Ali El-Arabi  

  • Participate in IEFTA’s Global Film Expression Initiative: Captains of Za’atari, directed by Ali El-Arabi

  • The Cell Post Production award: Our Dark 70s, directed by Ali Essafi

  • OSN award: Mica, directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi