Goethe-Institut BACKSTORY Residency for Filmmakers from the MENA Region

Goethe-Institut BACKSTORY Residency for Filmmakers from the MENA Region

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 2019.

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 realizing their filmprojects (logistically, financially, technically, and thematically)
  • To initiate and facilitate networking in the region and between the region and Europe
  • To create opportunities for exchange
  • To provide a platform for the presentation of filmworks in order to be exposed to a local public
  • To arrange individual mentoring formats to enhance the capabilities of filmmakers


  • Backstory invites emerging filmmakers:
  • Who already have 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/or currently residing in one of these countries:
    -Algeria – Bahrain – Egypt – Germany – Iraq -Jordan – Kuwait – Lebanon – Libya – Morocco Oman – Palestine – Qatar – Saudi Arabia – Sudan – Syria – Tunisia – UAE – Yemen


    Backstory will provide:

  • Accommodation at Beirut Art Residency
    Inspiring workspace in the heart of Gemmayzeh, Beirut’s artistic district
  • Administrative and logistical support
    Access to technical equipment according to project needs
  • Specialized mentoring formats and master classes provided during the residency
  • Flights to and from Beirut
  • Monthly stipend of USD 1,000
  • Contact:Goethe-Institut Lebanon
    Gemmayzeh Nahr Ibrahim Street
  • Facing Sacré Coeur School back entrance
  • P.O.B. 113-5159
  • Beirut
  • Lebanon
  • To consult Backstory coordinator Elisa Nobel, please contact phone:
    +961 1 570131 Ext.: -205 or email:Elisa.Nobel@goethe.de or info@beirutartresidency.com
  • Apply Now for the Goethe-Institut Backstory Residency 2019

    How to Apply

  • For more information and fellowship application details, see; application details, see; Goethe-Institut BACKSTORY Residency for Filmmakers from the MENA Region

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