FLC plays a powerful and effective federating role in the Lebanese audiovisual industry, by supporting the development of a competitive Lebanese film industry and establishing Lebanon as a prominent international production location.
1.We Support the development of the film industry in Lebanon by:
– Organizing annual workshops for filmmakers and specialized seminars
– Stimulating the development of Lebanese funds to support and finance local films.
2. We Facilitate local film production by:
– Launching a database of the Lebanese audiovisual professionals in Lebanon and abroad.
– Assembling and disseminating the right information and assisting in the administrative procedures with the appropriate public bodies.
3. We Promote Lebanon as a key destination for international film production by:
– Hosting, organizing and participating in regional and international festivals and events.
– Crafting and creating bridges between local and international professionals.
– Participating in the public debates that contribute to the policy making process offering financial incentives for film makers.
4. We Preserve the Lebanese audiovisual heritage by:
– Restoring and digitalizing old feature films and the archives of old public productions.
– Making such archives available for research and film making
Beirut Cinema Platform – Second Edition
For the second time, the FLC partnered with Beirut DC to establish the BCP- Beirut Cinema Platform.
32 experts, sales agents, producers, festival directors were invited to attend the platform. They came from Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar and Norway. The directors and producers came from Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Bahrain, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan, Qatar and Iraq.
For 3 consecutive days, 25 project holders got the chance to network with the foreign counterparts, meet with them on one-to-one, brainstorm, screen rough cuts and pitch their films
On Saturday the 18th of March, 3 presentations took place:
The Arab Film Institute represented by Paul Baboujian and Jana Wehbe.
The Lebanon Factory on which the FLC is partnering, represented by Dominique Welinski, Maya de Freige and Myriam Sassine (Abbout productions).
Global Media Makers on which FLC partnered on a producers’ workshop in Beirut in March 2017, was represented by the American Oscar winning producer Alix Madigan.
On Sunday the 19th of March, a jury composed of Danielle Arbid (Filmmaker), Khalil Benkirane (Doha Film Fund) and Christope Leparc (Director of the fortnight of Cannes Film Festival, Artistic Director of Montpellier Film Festival) awarded the films as below:
The Beirut City Award: “You will die at Twenty”by Ahjad Abualala and Hosam Elouan.
The OIF award : “Dream Away” by Marouan Omara and Johana Domke and produced by Mark Lotfy.
The participation in Dubai Film Market award :“Harvest” by Ely Dagher. This project is participating in the Writing-workshop 2017 of FLC.
The participation in Berlinale Film Forum : “Soad” by Ayten Amin and Mark Lotfy.
The Enjaaz award : “Panoptic” by Rana Eid and MyriamSassine.
Coloring and DCP Creation award offered by The Postoffice :“We are from there” by Wissam Tanios and Christian Eid.
The Sound Mixing offered by 360 Media Studios and Elia el Haddad :“We are from there” by Christian Eid and Wissam Tanios.
Round table – Distribution of Arab films in the Arab countries
On the 18th of March, Fondation Liban Cinema, organized in the framework of Beirut Cinema Platform, a round table on Distribution of Arab films in the Arab countries.
Distributors and VOD managers were invited to be part of it: Hania Mroueh (MC distribution), Youssef Shazli (Zawya), Mario Jr. Haddad (Empire Cinema), Dora Bouchoucha (Tunisian Producer, member of AFI, ex-president of Carthage Cinema Days), Afnan Sarraj (ART), Karim Safieddine (Cinemoz).Maya De Freige inaugurated the round table and Antoine Khalife moderated it.
The lack of Arab films in Lebanon and in the Arab countries was the main idea of the round table. Even though the Arab films are tackling important issues but still, they lack audiences in the Arab countries, therefore, the discussion evolved around the factors that prohibit Arab films from being distributed there.
Suggestions and solutions were enumerated such as:
– try to keep a film in theatres for at least a month, in return for incentives
– Create a star system in Arab films to make it more accessible to the audience
– Televisions should help boosting the whole system by buying rights of the films and screening them.
– Subtitling the different Arab dialects to be understood by everyone. Apart from the Egyptian dialect, no other dialect is understood by all the Arab countries.
– Use digital platforms to promote Arab films, since they have more freedom in experimenting with films and with the audience.
– Having more noncommercial and experimental movie theaters in each country.
– Distribute Arabic movies same way than American movies
-Encouraging co-productions between Arab countries
– Encourage the exchange of Arab actors
– Exchanging figures and statistics
-Abolishing censorship: Having the freedom to deal with all subjects brings the audience closer to the movies
In Lebanon 25% of the box office comes from Lebanese Films. FLC is working on improving the number of entries. A film doesn’t exist without an audience and an Arab audience that speaks the same language is a must.