TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Red Sea Lodge nurtures the next generation of filmmakers from Saudi and the Arab world, in partnership with TorinoFilmLab.
After a successful inaugural year, it returns in 2021 bigger and better than ever. The intensive8-month program (duration is subject to change depending on the to-be-announced festival dates) is for emerging filmmakers on their first or second feature; more established names with truly daring new concepts and approaches will be considered. Open to teams from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, working on a feature film project at any stage of development. In 2021, the program will include five workshops, including one residential during the Festival in Jeddah.
Following the intensive development process, teams will have the opportunity to pitch for the Red Sea Lodge Production Awards, two prizes of 100,000$, and a Premier at Red Sea Film Festival.
Additional funding opportunities for Saudi and Arab films will be available. More information to be provided soon. Keep an eye out on our social media for more info
Following the program, teams will have a fully developed project including a log line, synopsis, treatment and script, plus budget, director’s statement, producer’s note, production and post-production schedule, financing strategy, financing plan, and a pre-recorded pitch.
Each team will understand the process of project development and will be equipped with the necessary skills to fully realize this and future projects. With the confidence to work effectively in the international marketplace, it provides Arab filmmakers with the insight to move their careers to the next level and get their films made.
A maximum of 12 project teams will be selected, at least 6 of which will be Saudi, with the remainder from across the Arab world. A project qualifies as a Saudi project if it has a Saudi director, telling a Saudi story, and will be shot entirely or partly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Deadline for applications is Saturday, 27 February 2021, at 11:59p KSA time
Full terms, conditions, and application requirements are outlined below. For further information contact: email@example.com
Who Can Apply?
- Applications must be made in teams, comprising:
- a writer-director and producer or
- director, writer, and producer
- The director should be of Saudi nationality/origin or of Arab nationality/origin.
- Preference will be given to projects with producers and screenwriters of Arab nationality/origin, but projects with team members of other nationalities will be considered provided the director is of Arab nationality/origin
- Aimed at first or second-time feature directors, applications from more established voices will be considered if they demonstrate daring new ideas and approaches
- The producer needs to have demonstrable production experience
- A screenwriter must have experience of realized scripts in any form, including shorts, TV, web series, or theatre.
- The team must confirm their full availability for all five workshop sessions as per the schedule outlined below, as well as at the Red Sea International Film Festival once dates are announced.
- The working language of the workshops, meetings, and events is English; therefore, a good knowledge of English is preferred however, should an applicant need Arabic translation they should advise the Red Sea Lodge, so arrangements can be made accordingly.
What kind of film project?
- Arab projects, directed by an Arab director with an Arab story
- Saudi projects should be directed by a Saudi director, with a Saudi story, and will be shot entirely or partly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Submissions can be for any film form – fiction, creative documentary, experimental animation, or any other
- Considering the prize award is $100,000, the producers must be able to demonstrate suggested funding for the remainder,
- Selected participants will follow an intensive project development program scheduled across 7-months (duration is subject to change depending on the to-be-announced festival dates). The program will explore projects from all perspectives including script consultations and work with experts in the fields of directing, cinematography, sound, editing post-production, financing and sales, and audience engagement. Producers will enjoy a dedicated program tailored to their development.
- All training will take the form of group and one-to-one sessions, and include presentations, screening and case studies.
- All team members must be committed to participating in the full duration of the training, including attendance at all sessions, meeting the demands of the program as outlined by mentors and course moderators, as well as making themselves available to work on their projects between workshops and meeting the required deadlines.
The selected 12 project teams will attend five workshops, four taking place online, one taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:
Workshop One | Project Development Part I – An introduction to the programme, the tutors and project teams. Exploring dramatic potential of the projects; an overview of the role and business of the producer.
When? Saturday, 3 April to Saturday, 10 April (Friday off)
Following the completion of this workshop participants will be given assignments to continue developing their projects for a deadline of Thursday 20th May
Workshop Two | Project Development Part II - Feedback on updated project documents and introduction to the fundamentals of being a producer.
When? Saturday, 5 June to Thursday, 10 June
Following the workshop participants will continue to work on their treatments/scripts and production documents for a deadline in early July
Workshop Three | Visualization – taking the script from the page to the screen working with film professionals including directors and cinematographers to understand how to visually realize the script. Producing programme and script development work continues
When? Thursday, 8 July to Tuesday, 13 July (Friday off)
Participants continue to work on the scripts, production documents and materials for the Red Sea Film Festival Catalogue for September 1st deadline.
Workshop Four | Production and Post-Production, participants have the opportunity of to discuss their projects with editors, sound-designers, and post-production specialists. Producing programme and script development work continues
When? Sunday,12 September to Thursday,16 September
Following this session participants will have the opportunity to update their script and Project Dossier to submit them for Award consideration. Deadline 22nd September
Workshop Five | Festival preparation, getting ready for pitching and meeting industry professionals before launching your project at the Red Sea Souk
When? TBC depending on the confirmed dates of the Red Sea International Film Festival
Where? Jeddah, KSA
- By the end of the Lodge of the programme the teams will have all the necessary documents to approach potential regional and international partners towards realizing their feature film project.
- All the participants will have an in depth understanding of the project development process from creative, production and marketing perspectives and have developed skills and knowledge that they will be able to utilize to on all future projects.
- At the end of the Lodge program, teams will present their projects to an audience of international producers, sales agents, and other film industry professionals at the Red Sea International Film Festival
- During the Festival, the teams will also have one-on-one meetings with key decision makers and will gain visibility through the Red Sea Lodge Book of Projects and network.
- Two winning teams will receive an award of $100,000 each. These awards will be announced during the Festival.
- A committee of jurors will make the award selection,
Acknowledgement & Credits:
1. 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
2.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
Documentation required to apply to the Red Sea Lodge - to be presented in English, if documents are written in Arabic, a translated copy to English should be submitted alongside the original one. If your script is written in Arabic, submit it as is, however, you might be asked to translate it or a part of it in a later stage.
- Synopsis (1 page, max 350 words or 1,800 characters)
- Treatment (5–10 pages, max 3,500 words or 18,000 characters) that fully outlines the narrative of the project
- Director’s vision represented by a mood board, a project-book (pages of a storyboard, a color script, a series of drawings, or photographs) or by a video (max 3 minutes). These should visually complement the written concept, and elucidate the project through images
- Biography and filmography of the director, writer, and the producer. The biography is a general written description about a person’s career and accomplishments. The filmography must comprise: all previous works including the title, year, length of the film, genre (documentary or fiction) and role in the production.
- Previous works by the director (max 2) digital or on film, to be uploaded directly to the website
- Casting idea (1 page, max 350 words or 1,800 characters)
- Budget sheet
- Financial Plan, the producers must include a Financial Strategy document which demonstrates additional guaranteed funding sources for the remainder
- Production company profile
- Introductory Video by the director - video message from the director presents themselves and their work (max 3 minutes) in English or Arabic (if Arabic – subtitles must be provided)
- Audience engagement plan (1 page, max 350 words or 1,800 characters), which describes how to create audience awareness through online communities
- Producer- Director agreement: Signed document between the producer and the director
- List of training courses and events where the project has previously circulated
- Director’s introductory Video
- Script (optional) it is not necessary to have a script for the project to be considered by the Red Sea Lodge, but if one is already written, a copy may be submitted in English or Arabic. In the initial stages of the programme participants will work in treatment form so pleasure ensure that your treatment is a good reflection of your script if you have one.