Goethe-Institute Backstory Film Residency 2017 for Emerging Filmakers from the MENA Region – Lebanon, Beirut (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: Deadline: February 1st, 2017.

Goethe-Institut Lebanon, Beirut Art Residency (BAR) and Metropolis Art Cinema Association are pleased to announce the call for submissions for the “BACKSTORY”- residency in 2017.

The call is open to emerging filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa countries (MENA Region) as well as Germany to participate in a residency in Beirut.

The program is designed:

  • To support regional filmmakers in shaping their professional careers by providing creativity-enhancing working conditions
  • To initiate and facilitate networking in the region and between the region and Europe
  • To provide opportunities for exchange and exposure
  • To give Master Classes to enhance the capabilities of filmmakers
  • To give technical support for film projects by providing technical equipment

Eligibility Requirements:

“BACKSTORY“ invites emerging filmmakers:

  • Who have already professional work experience and are up to 40 years old
  • Who plan to realize a film project or part of it (pre-production, production or post-production)
  • Who are working on any film genre except commercial ads
  • Who must be citizens of, and currently residing in, an eligible country:
    – Algeria – Jordan – Morocco – Tunisia
    – Bahrain – Kuwait – Oman – UAE
    – Egypt – Lebanon – Saudi Arabia – Palestine
    – Iraq – Libya – Syria – Qatar
    – Yemen – Sudan
    – Germany


“BACKSTORY“ will provide:

  • Accommodation at Beirut Art Residency
  • Stimulating workspace in the heart of Gemmayzeh, Beirut’s artistic district
  • Administrative and logistical support
  • Access to technical equipment according to project needs
  • Specialized master classes provided during the residency
  • Flights to and from Beirut
  • Monthly stipend of USD 1,000


There will be 2 residencies offered in 2017.
Residency 1: May 29 – July 30, 2017
Residency 2: September 1 – October 31, 2017

Application Procedure:

Please fill in the application online and include all the necessary information and files related to your work. Deadline: February 1st, 2017.

The Jury selection will take place in March 2017.
Applicants will also be notified in March 2017.


Goethe-Institut Lebanon
Nahr Ibrahim Street
Facing Sacré Coeur School back entrance
P.O.B. 113-5159

 To consult BACKSTORY coordinator Mr. Abdallah Annan, please contact phone:  
+961 1 570125 Ext.: -205 or email:

[email protected]

[email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Goethe-Institute Backstory Film Residency 2017


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