FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can participate?
What is the eligibility criteria for a director?
The director must be of Arab nationality or descent and can be living anywhere in the world.
What is the eligibility criteria for a producer?
The producer can come from any country in the world
The producer needs to have demonstrable production experience
What is the eligibility criteria for a writer?
The writer can come from any country in the world but preference is given to writers with Arab nationality or descent.
A screenwriter must have experience of realized scripts in any form, including shorts, TV, web series, or theatre.
What are the criteria for an application to be considered a Saudi project?
There are three points to this category:
- the director must be of Saudi nationality
- the story must have a local subject and be shot entirely or partly in Saudi Arabia
- The producer can come from anywhere
- Preference will be given to projects with a Saudi writer attached.
What experience does a director require to be eligible?
The program is aimed towards first or second-time feature directors, and so directors must have experience in the field, as demonstrated through one to two previous works that will be submitted via the website. These previous works can be: short films, music videos, commercials, features, documentaries, or TV/web series.
What experience does a producer require to be eligible?
Producers must have produced audio-visual works; these works can be: short films, music videos, commercials, features, documentaries, or TV/web series.
What experience does a writer require to be eligible?
A writer must have tangible experience in writing and have had their work realized or published in one of the following fields: theatre, literature, journalism, advertising, TV, radio, and film.
Must a producer be attached to the project?
All applications must have a producer and director; if the director is not also the writer, there must be a separate writer attached to the project.
I am a producer/writer with a project, but I don’t have a director on board. Can I apply?
All applications must have a producer and director; if the director is not also the writer, there must be a writer attached to the project.
Can the same person apply as director and producer?
The training is organized for producers and director/writer and it is not possible for one person to follow both strands of the program. As such, applications must be presented by a team of a producer and director/writer.
How do I apply?
Complete the online application form available on the website.
What is a synopsis?
A synopsis is a brief description of the key elements of the whole story, without dialogue. The Red Sea Lodge requires a 1-page synopsis of maximum 350 words or 1,800 characters.
What is a treatment?
A treatment is a written description of the whole story without dialogue. It is more detailed than a synopsis and should read like a short story told in the present tense describing events as they happen. It should include information on the cinematic style, locations, and motivation of the director. The Red Sea Lodge requires a treatment of 5–10 pages, maximum 3,500 words or 18,000 characters.
What is a Director’s Vision?
The director’s vision provides information about the creative approach of the director and should offer a strong sense of how the film will look. It can be represented by a mood board, a project-book (a few pages of a storyboard, a color script, a series of drawings or photographs) or by a video (maximum 3 minutes). It visually complements the written concept, and describes the project through images.
What can we send by way of previous works?
The Red Sea Lodge asks for two examples of previous works by the director, to be included in the application. Pieces need to be seen in their entirety, as such, showreels are not accepted. The online link to your film needs to be available for three months after the deadline and must be subtitled in English.
The work should demonstrate the director’s ability and also to give an idea of his visual style. Ideally, applicants should submit examples that complement the proposed project; it is possible to explain the relationship between your previous films and the proposed project in the treatment section of your application.
What do you mean by casting idea ?
This document describes the cast you would like to involve in your project, or actors who have already indicated an interest. It is not necessary to send a letter of intent from actors, but photo references can be sent to support the casting idea document (1-page, maximum 350 words or 1,800 characters).
What is a financial plan?
A financial plan explains the strategy to fund the film through all stages from development through to completion. It should include the financiers who have already committed, those who have been approached whose response is still pending, and those who have been identified but are yet to be formally approached. It should include all financiers, producers, co-producers, funds, awards, etc. In the written explanation, you can provide the logic of your plan.
What do you mean by biography and filmography?
The biography can be written as a text describing the educational background and work experience of the applicants. The filmography should be in the form of a list comprising the following information: all previous works including the title, year, length of the film, genre (documentary, fiction, or animation) and role of the applicant in the production.
What is the director’s introductory video?
This video message from the director presents themselves and their work. Each director is free to choose the best way to realize it, though the video must be presented in English - If recorded in Arabic, the video should contain subtitles. The video should be a maximum of three minutes long.
What is an audience engagement plan?
This document outlines how the applicant team plans to create audience awareness of the film, during the development and production stages, as well after completion. For example, the plan might include online communities to target and special events to accompany the film. The Red Sea Lodge requires a 1-page audience engagement plan of maximum 350 words or 1,800 characters.
What is a signed agreement between the producer and the director?
The purpose of this document is to state that, if selected to participate in the program, the director and producer mutually agree to complete the submitted project according to the deadlines and requirements of the call. A memo deal between the two parties is sufficient.
What is a signed agreement between the producer and the writer?
The purpose of this document is to state that, if selected to participate in the program, the writer and producer suggesting that the writer signs off the rights to making the film to the producer.
What should be included in the list of training courses and events?
The Red Sea Lodge requires that applicants detail the film training courses and development programs this project has previously been worked through. This gives the selection team an idea of the development of the project and the team.
Do I have to submit a script?
It is not necessary for the proposed project to have a script in order to be considered for the Red Sea Lodge. However, though it is not a required part of the application, if there is one already written, you can submit a copy in Arabic or English.
When is the deadline for applications?
February 27th, 2021
If my application is selected, do I have to participate in the workshop? What’s the duration of the whole process?
Selected teams for the Red Sea Lodge must be committed to the entirety of the program, and are required to attend all elements, which includes five and work in the periods between workshops. It is not possible to miss workshops or to replace/change the team members during the program.
If my project is selected what costs will I need to cover?
There are no costs to cover neither to apply, nor if a project is selected. The Red Sea Lodge will cover online platform fees, flights, accommodation, visa costs, and meals for all participants, any other incidentals will need to be covered by the participants themselves.
Do I need to credit the Red Sea Lodge in the project materials and completed film?
The selected Red Sea Lodge projects must indicate Red Sea Lodge support after the completion of the program. There are also obligations on completion of the film, including credits and premiere. Please see the following section on credits for a full outline of requirements from the filmmakers.
SELECTION FOR AWARDS
Will the Red Sea Lodge acquire the rights of the projects? What is the rights agreement with the Red Sea Lodge
The director and producer will retain the complete rights for the film. The Red Sea Lodge will require the completed film to receive its world premiere at the Red Sea International Film Festival. There are requirements concerning how the Red Sea Lodge is credited. Once the final selection is made, the teams will sign an agreement with the Red Sea Lodge, defining all the details.
How is the grant to be distributed?
The grant will be paid in three installments according to each project’s production schedules agreed during the last workshop.
Do I need to credit to the Red Sea Lodge in the film?
Projects that are developed at the Red Sea Lodge:
- Are committed to crediting the Red Sea Lodge in the film’s opening credits and verbally acknowledge the Lodge at festivals, in awards speeches, or in any press engagements where the film is discussed.
- Will have the GCC premiere at the Red Sea International Film Festival
Projects that win the Red Sea Lodge award and cash prize, or if they win any awards from the Red Sea Lodge’s Partners:
- The winning project will give the Red Sea Lodge co-producer opening and closing credits
- Award winners from Red Sea Lodge official partners will list the Red Sea Lodge as Co-Producer
- Award winners will have the ARAB premiere at the Red Sea International Film Festival
What happens if my application is rejected? Will I receive feedback?
No, unfortunately, due to the volume of anticipated applications, the Red Sea Lodge will not discuss or give specific feedback on the non-selected projects.