The initiative Talents Beirut was launched by the Metropolis Association (Beirut) and the Goethe Institute in Beirut, in collaboration with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille. Its purpose is to support a new generation of Arab filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa.
In September 2014, fifteen participants will attend a four-day programme of master classes and workshops. This first event focuses primarily on the areas of camera, cut, audio and soundtrack – aspects of film production for which there are not enough opportunities for education currently on offer in the Arab world, according to the organizers.
The non-profit Metropolis Art Cinema Association was founded in 2006 in order to develop Lebanon’s cinema culture. Since 2008, it has planned the programme for the Metropolis Empire Sofil Cinema in Beirut and run its own distribution service for auteur films. The cinema shows current film art, holds retrospectives and is the host of the European Film Festival, the Docudays, and the Lebanese Film Festival.
URL Talents Beirut: http://www.talents-beirut.com
Metropolis Art Cinema Association: http://www.metropoliscinema.net/
Source: shortfilm-Newsletter No. 65