Venice Film Fest 2016: Final Cut Funds to Six Films from Africa and Arab World

A documentary on the civil war in Syria and a drama about same-sex desire in South Africa are among the winners of awards at the Venice Film Festival granting post-production support and partnership opportunities.

The awards by the Venice Production Bridge’s Final Cut in Venice workshop are set aside for films from Africa and the Arab world.

The following pictures in advanced stages will receive different types of support, including free color correction, sound mix, distribution, DCP costs and cash:

Felicity, by Senegalese director Alain Gomis. A drama about a single mother living in Kinshasa with her 16-year-old son. France’s Arnaud Dommerc is producing.

The Wound (“Isiko”), by South African director John Trengove. A drama on same-sex desire between young men set against the backdrop of male circumcision rituals practiced by the Xhosa people of South Africa. Brazil’s Elias Ribeiro is producing. Produced by France’s Palmyre Badinier.

Ghost Hunting (“Istiyad Ashba”), by Palestinian director Raed Andoni. A documentary about a group of Palestinians who are former inmates of an Israeli Security Agency detention center. They confront their past by rebuilding a facsimile of their old prison in an empty yard near Ramallah and re-enact a traumatic event that took place there.

Obscure (“Otmah”) by France-based Syrian director Soudade Kaadan. A documentary on the forces that influence perception of the civil war in Syria. Produced by Lebanon’s Salma Kaf.

Final Cut in Venice  is organized by the VPB in collaboration with both the Amiens International Film Festival and the Fribourg International Film Festival.

Six selected projects in post were presented to producers, buyers, distributors and international fest honchos on the Lido to facilitate their post-production process, promote possible co-production partnerships and access to the distribution market.