Call for Applications

Arab Funds for Arts & Culture (AFAC) 2016 Cinema call for applications

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Application Deadline: August 1st, 2016.

As part of its 2016 general grants program, AFAC launched its cinema open call on May 1st 2016. AFAC’s cinema funding is open to all kinds of film projects – short films, feature narratives, short documentaries, feature documentaries, animation and experimental film. AFAC offers funding for development/scripting, production and post-production.

The call is open to Arab directors and producers living in the Arab region or in the diaspora. A non-Arab producer can apply for a grant provided that the film director is Arab. It is preferred that film projects applying to the production and post production grants have producers attached to them.

Cinema applications must be submitted online no later than August 1st, 2016. The results will be announced in November 2016. Applications can be submitted in either Arabic or English.

AFAC supports projects in the following fields:


Performing Arts: AFAC offers funding for development and production of theatre, dance and other forms of performing arts.


Visual Arts: AFAC offers funding for production and organization of art exhibitions, installations, and other forms of visual arts.


Cinema: AFAC offers funding for development and scriptwriting, production and post-production of animation, documentary, experimental and narrative films in short, medium and feature lengths.

Music: AFAC offers funding for music productions, performances, collaborations, album recordings and other musical projects.

Research, Training and Regional Events (RTR): AFAC offers funding for studies and workshops in cultural and artistic fields, collaborative projects among artists and academics, multi-media libraries, archives and cultural documentation.

Literature: Starting from 2014 for a period of three years, and as a result of an assessment of the last cycles of the literature general call and the feedback of our juror committees, this category is being replaced by a special program designed to develop the creative writing capacities of aspiring Arab authors. This special program is called the AFAC Novel Writing Program.

Eligible Candidates

AFAC is open to receive project applications from all Arab individuals working in the cultural and artistic. Project applications are accepted irrespective of age, years of experience, country of residence, ethnicity, gender or religion.

For cinema applications, a non-Arab producer can apply for a grant provided that the film director is Arab. It is preferred that film projects have producers attached to them. Either the producer or the director may apply for the grant.

AFAC also accepts proposals from local, regional and international institutions whose projects are related to Arab culture. These include artistic, cultural, social and educational institutions, centers and organizations, governmental and non-governmental, that are engaging with contemporary Arab arts and culture.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Arab Funds for Arts & Culture (AFAC) 2016

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