Calls for Proposals
Two calls for proposals will be launched, in June 2017 and in February 2018, with the objective to support projects implemented by organizations active in the audiovisual sector in the Southern Mediterranean region. The projects will be selected based on their potential to contribute to enhancing the participation female audiovisual professionals on local, regional and national scales and the image of women in audiovisual products. Beneficiaries awarded a grant in the first call for proposals will be eligible to apply for the second call after finalizing their project.
Two meetings will be organized to strengthen the beneficiaries’ management capacities and to enhance their knowledge and professional skills in relation to their project areas and features. Each encounter will take place in a different location, and will focus on capacity building and networking activities amongst sub-grantees, especially women, with the active participation of the consortium partners and invited specialists.
The first 3-day capacity-building activity will take place in Carthage in November 2017 and will take advantage of the Carthage Film Festival (Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage) celebrated in that month. The second capacity-building activity will take place in Beirut mid 2018, possibly on the occasion of the Lebanese Film Festival.
Both activities will include different training sessions, organized by the consortium members and associate, on specific topics such as: Project management and reporting, Researching on relevant topics regarding the image and role of women in the film industry in two or more of the seven target countries, Pitching, Co-production, Financing, Awareness raising, and Advocacy and Lobbying.
The consortium will also organize two networking events in order to offer to sub-grantees and other film professionals favoring gender equality in the SouthMed region opportunities to meet relevant stakeholders and other operators in the sector.
The first 1-day networking event be held in Carthage in November 2017, possibly as a side event of the Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage. Relevant professionals and stakeholders with a solid track record will be invited to talk at the event to share their experience, challenges and successes.
The second 2-day networking event will be held in Marrakesh in December 2018, as a side event of the International Film Festival. The event will be attended by beneficiaries of the first and the second calls of proposals and will include different networking activities and small group dialogues according to topics of interest.
To support networking and learning of the second and first rounds of beneficiaries, the consortium will also organize exchange visits in Carthage and in Beirut. The program of those events will include visits to relevant institutions and organizations active in Tunisia and Lebanon.
Research of the current situation in the seven target countries relating to women’s role in the film sector will be conducted during the implementation of the project. The consortium will prepare an Informative Handbook with best practices, relevant information about co-production, funding, networking, access to industry, learning opportunities and policies for film professionals, with a focus on gender equality and equal opportunities on the SouthMed film sector. It will be based on desk research, interviews to relevant operators, and will take advantage of possible findings of sub-grantees during the implementation of their projects.
Outreach and Raising Awareness
To give visibility to the project’s aims and to raise awareness about the situation and importance of women’s role in the film industry in the Southern Mediterranean region, the consortium will conduct various promotional activities on local, regional and national scales. They will include regional and national campaigns to convey messages in favour of gender equality in the audiovisual sector, the creation of a SouthMed Women’s audiovisual Network, preparation and dissemination of publications, shooting a short documentary and organization of a final regional event where the results of the project will be presented.
An informative handbook to make relevant information on the audiovisual sector accessible especially to female operators; guidelines to include gender issues in audiovisual curricula; a collection of evidence and best practices to show the potential of women in the audiovisual sector in the target countries.