The goals of the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme are to identify new talent, seek out new cinematic voices and discover universally resonant stories.
The Institute’s approach is to champion projects whose thrust is to explore, expand and cultivate authentic storytelling, with a keen interest in propelling forward contemporary work that demonstrates a deep understanding of the specific possibilities of the medium of cinema.
The Programme provides creative and financial assistance for short and feature-length projects, subject to eligibility criteria, by Qatari and international first- and second-time directors, as well as established MENA directors.
The Institute seeks to strengthen and empower Qatari voices in filmmaking that have the potential to make significant contributions to the art of cinema. Its focus on the growth and evolution of Qatar’s film community includes providing creative and logistical support for, and financial contributions to, work by filmmakers from Qatar.
In addition to applying for funding through the grants programme, Qatari filmmakers with short and feature-length projects at any stage of evolution are invited to contact the Institute year-round at email@example.com to discuss grants, co-financing possibilities, internships with international productions, creative development seminars, mentorship initiatives and exhibition opportunities.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Development, production and post-production funding is available for first- and second-time directors from the MENA region for feature-length projects. Short films are eligible for production funding only. Established MENA directors may apply for post-production funding for feature-length projects.
Post-production funding is available for feature-length projects by first- and second-time non-MENA directors.
There are two submission cycles annually. The next cycle opens 6 January, 2016 and closes at midnight (GMT+3) on 19 January, 2016.
Applications sent by email will not be considered. Please submit via the online form, accessible only while submissions are open.
**If you are unsure which regional criteria apply to your application, please click on the links to country lists below, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For General Guidelines and Submission Materials for International Applicants please click on this link for PDF download
Source : Doha film Institute, January 11th, 2016