CINEPHILIA BOUND CANNES 2019

MIDDLE EASTERN & AFRICAN AUTHORS/FILMMAKERS – INTERNATIONAL PRODUCERS MEETINGS AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL


2019 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED


APPLICATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. FIRST, READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, prepare the following material before starting the application process:

. Synopsis (500 words)
. Biography and Filmography (list of previous films and awards if any)
. Filmmaker Statement (500 words)
. Project status
. Link(s) to your past work
. Link to pitch video (see guidelines below)

Once you have this material ready, fill the online application form (find below) and settle application fee. 
Applicants will receive an automated confirmation email. Use your application confirmation number for future correspondence.

Pitch Video:

Your pitching video is the most important material in your application. Make it the best possible.

Requirements for pitch video:
. Do not make it a trailer
. Do not read your pitch on camera
. Maximum duration: 2'30" (2 minutes and 30 seconds) Longer videos will disqualify your application.
. No edits. No cuts. No special effects. No music. It's just you for two and a half consecutive minutes telling the story of your film as you would do to a producer sitting across the table from you. You want to convince them that you know your story, and you know it so well. 
. Sound quality: make sure your voice is audible and clear (avoid crowded spaces when filming. Obviously, you shouldn't be in the street or a cafe!) 
. Image quality: Make it look the best it can. We encourage you to use a digital camera and to have someone film you if possible. Cell phone videos are okay however, avoid selfie and strange angles. Keep the camera fixed and steady. No motion and no handheld.

Upload the video to a private link (preferably Vimeo with a password and make sure download setting is on). We do not accept videos by email. Do not send us emails with downloadable links or attached videos. Your link should go in the application form that you submit online.

IMPORTANT: Videos will be kept confidential and will only be accessible to the selection committee and later to the producers attending the pitching sessions. If selected, your pitching video will be uploaded to the Maison Des Scénaristes/WeFilmGood private platform where producers attending the market will have access to watch your videos and based on it book a meeting with you. So make your pitching video stand out. We can’t stress enough on this point.

If you have any questions, please email us at bound@cinephiliaproductions.com by/before the application deadline date. 

Pitching videos that fail to meet the requirements above will not be considered and will automatically disqualify your application.


APPLICATION DEADLINES & FEES

Regular fee: $45 (USD) / Regular Deadline: February 10, 2019
Late fee: $60 (USD) / Late Deadline: February 25, 2019
Extended fee: $60 (USD)/ Extended Deadline: March 5, 2019

The application fee is non-refundable.
Please do not email us to request waiver requests. We do NOT waive application fees.
This fee covers administrative expenses and costs for the review panel.
If you are in a country where credit cards are not available, please find a friend or family member in a country where they have access to online pay and have them help you out.


SELECTION PROCESS

Finalists will be notified by email on March 15, 2019.

Finalists are requested to send the following materials by March 20, 2019:
. Treatment of maximum 8 pages of the proposed project
. Proof of citizenship (passport or national ID)

Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision.
Final selection will be announced on March 30, 2019.

Selected filmmakers who require Schengen visa are advised to start their visa process immediately to avoid delays.


Application feedback

Cinephilia Productions does not provide a feedback to applicants. However, we understand how important it is for your creative process to receive constructive criticism on your work that contributes to your progress. Applicants have the option to receive a 2-page feedback on their project from the review committee for an additional fee or to have a consultation Skype session with our consultants. Please email us at bound@cinephiliaproductions.com with your request. (Subject: 'Cinephilia Bound 2019_Application feedback'). This request will only be taken into consideration within 1 month after selection announcement.


READ THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING. HERE
APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED THE APPLICATION FEE.