Documentary Film Grant

Documentary Film Grant | Al Qasimi Foundation | Emirati | UAE heritage | GCC | Community Engagement

Documentary Film Grant

Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF) Film Grant provide modest start-up funding (25,000 AED) to create short documentaries on topics relevant to the United Arab Emirates and broader Gulf region. One grant is awarded annually each year through a competitive application process. Films produced through the RAKFAF Film Grant are screened at the festival the following year.

 

 

Grant Objectives

  • Increase the number of documentaries available on topics relevant to the United Arab Emirates and Gulf region
  • Present a wider range of stories about Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates
  • Support talented young film directors and media professionals to help them establish their careers

Grant Eligibility

  • Directors must have a background in film making and/or media studies.
  • Directors should either be (1) current university students who have completed at least two years of their academic program,  or (2) have graduated with their BA or MA degree within the last five years.
  • Directors must have shown at least one film at a film festival in the United Arab Emirates, Gulf region, or overseas.
  • Proposed story ideas must be for a short documentary (less than 30 minutes). Ideas addressing important topics in the United Arab Emirates and Gulf region are especially encouraged.
  • Final documentaries must be in Arabic or English (with subtitles in the other language) to ensure accessibility among diverse audiences.

Application Process

The Selection Committee will only consider complete proposals submitted by the stated deadline. The application deadline for the 2017 submission cycle is June 30, 2017. To apply, interested individuals and organizations should submit the following materials to events@alqasimifoundation.rak.ae. Materials may be in Arabic or English:

  • Introductory cover letter addressing reason(s) applying for the Documentary Film Grant and a brief summary of the proposed documentary topic.
  • Director’s CV and names/roles of other individuals who will be involved in the documentary project.
  • Detailed storyboard for the proposed documentary.
  • Completed budget template detailing all expected costs and a list of facilities, special equipment, or other resources necessary for making the documentary. If other individuals, organizations, or sponsors are also providing financial or in-kind support (e.g., expertise, use of equipment) it should be noted. The Al Qasimi Foundation’s financial contribution should not exceed 25,000 AED.
  • List of locations and areas where the documentary will be filmed. This should include whether permission will be required for any locations.
  • Anticipated timeline for the documentary project, including filming and editing milestones and associated deliverables.
  • Letter of recommendation from a colleague or organization.
  • Two samples of the director’s latest films on DVD.

The Selection Committee will review all complete proposals and identify finalists to invite for an interview. The interviews may take place in-person or via Skype. Once all interviews are complete the Selection Committee will make a final recommendation and choose the Documentary Film Grant recipient for the year. Applicants can generally expect to receive a formal decision on the status of their proposal within six to eight weeks of the annual submission deadline.

Grant Awards

Grant funds may be used for production-related activities only. Anticipated expenses should be detailed in the proposed budget during the documentary grant application process. Examples of acceptable production-related expenses include: location and equipment rentals, such as studio time or lighting and sound equipment necessary for filming; make-up, costumes, or props; commission or purchase of music soundtracks; editing or animation software; and Arabic/English translation and subtitles.

Successful applicants will have five to six months to complete the production of their documentaries. The Al Qasimi Foundation and Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival reserve the right to check the quality of the film and flow of the story during the production process and to edit the story as needed in collaboration with the director.