Viu, one of the leading entertainment streaming services in the MENA region, has partnered with the Cairo International Film Festival to launch a program encouraging the development and production of short films directed by emerging Egyptian filmmakers.
This initiative is part of Cairo Industry Days, a segment of CIFF which, in its second round this year, brought significant developments to the Egyptian film industry. The funding selection for the production of short Viu films will be announced in early 2020, after the CIC committee, made up of industry experts from the region, will meet to assess the projects submitted and select the best projects to receive. funding.
Offering a total budget of $ 100,000, at least three Egyptian filmmakers will receive funding to produce or complete their films, given that they comply with the rules of the fund: that filmmakers must be of Egyptian nationality or be of Egyptian origin with a creative dossier on a non-professional level. The script for the film must be an original work by the scriptwriter and in the final development phase. The film must be linked to a production company. Applications to finance the production of short Viu films are accepted until January 20, 2020 via the project website.
“At CIFF we are committed to maintaining our longstanding legacy of bridging the Arab cinematic world with the global industry. This year, we have doubled down on our focus on regional cinema. We are delighted to be partnering with Viu, the leading OTT platform in the region. As part of the partnership, emerging professionals in the region will have the chance to be recognised and directly contribute to the evolving filmmaking scene. “commented Mohamed Hefzy, president of the CIFF.
Wesam Kattan, VP of Viu Middle East, said that “by partnering with the CIFF to bring this competition to life, we seek to build a better infrastructure for up-and-coming filmmakers in the region. The initiative reinforces Viu’s pioneering role in stimulating the content sector of the region by allowing emerging storytellers to be heard by giving them the opportunity to showcase their films to industry experts as well as the chance to host it exclusively on Viu.”