The 6 project that are going to participate in Final Cut in Venice have been selected. The workshop, promoted by La Biennale di Venezia and the Venice Production Bridge has the purpose to provide concrete assistance in the completion of films from all African countries and from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
Final Cut in Venice
The workshop offers the opportunity to present films still in production phase to international film professionals, in order to facilitate post-production and promote co-production partnerships and film market access.
The workshop consists in three days of activities, in which the working copies of a maximum of six selected films are introduced to producers, buyers, distributors and film festival programmers.
This year a special one-to-one meetings session between the selected projects and the professionals attending the Venice Production Bridge will be organized on September 3rd within the programme of the VPB.
Final Cut in Venice will conclude with the awarding of prizes, in kind or in cash, for the financial support of the films in their post-production phase.
For the second year La Biennale di Venezia will give a prize of € 5,000 for the best film in post-production; the prize will be attributed by a jury composed of three members named by the Festival Director. The other prizes, offered by the partners - which could include colour correction, sound mixing, production of DCP, subtitles - will be awarded by final and irrevocable decision of the Festival Director, in conjunction with the project partners and the heads of the institutions involved.
The selected projects
The 6 selected projects are:
Certified Mail (Egypt) by Hisham Saqr
Haifa Street (Iraq, Qatar) by Mohanad Hayal
Mother, I am suffocating. This is my last film about you (Lesotho, Germany) by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Movement (Morocco) by Nadir Bouhmouch
Untamed (South Africa, Zambia) by Simon Wood
The Waiting Bench (France, Chad, Germany) by Suhaib Gasmelbari
Final Cut in Venice will conclude with the awarding of prizes:
- € 15,000 for the color correction of a feature-length film, offered by Laser Film (Rome) for up to 50 hours of work (technician included);
- up to € 15,000 offered by Mactari Mixing Auditorium (Paris) for the sound mixing of a featurelength film (up to 12 days of work, sound re-recording mixer not included);
- up to € 5,000 for color-grading; up to € 3,000 for the production of a DCP master, i-Tunes, Google or Netflix files; up to € 2,000 for French or English subtitles (translation not included), offered by Titra Film (Paris);
- up to € 7,000 for the production of the DCP master and Italian or English subtitles, offered by Sub-Ti Ltd. (London);
- up to € 7,000 for the accessible contents of the film for audiences with sensory disabilities: subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired and audio description for the blind and visually impaired, with audio subtitles, in Italian or English, offered by Sub-Ti Access Srl (Turin). The SDH file and the audio described soundtrack for DCP will be provided;
- € 5,000 for the purchase of two-year broadcasting rights by Rai Cinema;
- € 5,000 offered by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) to an African or Arab film from a member-country of La Francophonie;
- € 5,000 offered by Lagoonie Film Production for one Arab project;
- $ 5,000 awarded to one of the Arab projects and an invitation to participate in the industry platform CineGouna offered by the El Gouna Film Festival;
- participation in the production costs of a DCP (€ 2,500), offered by the Festival International du Film d’Amiens;
- participation in the production costs of a DCP (€ 2,500), offered by the Festival International de Films de Fribourg;
- marketing, publicity and distribution in the Arab World for one Arab project, offered by MAD Solutions (except for projects already attached to MAD Solutions);
- one of the selected films will have the possibility to benefit from the Eye on Films label, that will present the film to distributors and festivals affiliated to EoF and will contribute to the communication of the film for a value of € 2,500 during its world premiere in an A-category festival.