Arab region filmmakers seek funding through Zoomaal‘s Must See Film Challenge

August 25, 2014

The Must See Film Challenge was launched by Zoomaal at the beginning of June. Now, the challenge is seeking funding online for some 36 movies, ranging from Lebanese films to Moroccan documentaries.

Each of the filmmakers comes from the Arab region and wants to shed light on a different topic using his/her own style. A Syrian filmmaker is examining the impact of the Syrian conflict on expats, in particular the psychological effect of the violence caused by the relationship between Syrians and the country they had to leave. Tunisia is featured in a documentary series discussing immigration issues and social conditions. And a short Libyan animated film is seeking funding. These are just some examples of the many submissions hoping to become full-fledged films.

The moviemakers have until 20 September to receive matching funding from the $20.000 made available by Mideast Creatives (an initiative of Hivos). The matched funding principle holds that each project may receive funding for every dollar that is donated to a film project by the public. Even after the $20.000 runs out, the projects still have a chance to be funded. The previous Women Pioneers Challenge proved to be quite successful, raising over $187.000.

Be sure to visit the Must See Film Challenge and support your favourite(s)!