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EU to support filmmakers in the south Mediterranean

ICAM (Investing in Culture & Arts in the South Mediterranean) have created a programme - co-funded by the European Union - that will provide funding to a reported 120 productions over three years with a sum of £1.4m (€2m).

The initiative will support filmmakers from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Filmmakers could be awarded grants between £3,525 (€5,000) and £14,100 (€20,000) for feature-length films, documentaries, shorts, web content and possibly other types of project, depending on their scope. ICAM is aiming to invest a total of £352,000 (€500,000) per year to the programme.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, Catherine Buresi, one of ICAM’s initiators, said on the new scheme: “The idea was to create a programme to support the development of projects, training measures and networking events as a forum for producers from the nine Arab countries.

“We also want to give young artists an opportunity to collaborate with filmmakers. For example, if a production company decides to work with a young composer from the region, they could apply for a grant for this once the contract has been signed with the composer.”

The project is now working with a slew of local partners throughout the designated territories including SEMAT which focuses on production & distribution in Cyprus/Egypt, Jordan’s Luminus Media, Rabii Films Productions in Morocco, Algeria’s M.D. Ciné and Belgium’s non-profit association Cap Network.

ICAM is currently in the process of raising extra funds from institutions and foundations across Europe as the £1.4m provided by the European Union amounts to only 80% of the programme’s budget.