Venezia 2019: Final Cut selects six projects

The seventh edition of the workshop dedicated to the film industries of the African countries and the Middle East will take place from 31 August-2 September

The six work-in-progress films for the seventh edition of Final Cut in Venice have been selected. Final Cut in Venice is a project that has, since 2013, been providing valuable assistance to enable the completion of films from all African countries and those from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. Final Cut in Venice is one of the projects launched by the Venice Production Bridge of the Venice International Film Festival, directed by Alberto Barbera.

The workshop offers the opportunity to present films still in the production phase to international film professionals, in order to facilitate post-production and promote co-production partnerships and market access. The workshop consists of three days of activities, during which the working copies of the selected films are introduced to producers, buyers, distributors, post-production companies and film-festival programmers. The first two days of the workshop (31 August and 1 September) are devoted to the screenings, while a special one-to-one meeting session between the selected projects and the professionals attending the Venice Production Bridge will be organised on the third day, 2 September.

The six work-in-progress films selected are:

Another Day in Baghdad – Maysoon Pachachi (Iraq/France/Germany/UK/Kuwait)
Mica – Ismaël Ferroukhi (Morocco/France)

Captains of Za’atari – Ali El-Arabi (Egypt)
Makongo – Elvis Sabin Ngaibino (Central African Republic/Argentina)
Nardjes, Alger, Mars 2019 – Karim Ainouz (Algeria/France/Germany/Brazil)
On the Way to the Billion – Dieudo Hamadi (Democratic Republic of Congo/France/Belgium)

Final Cut in Venice will conclude with the awarding of prizes, either in kind or in cash, for the financial support of the films at the post-production stage. Studio l’Equipe (Brussels) and Cinémathèque Afrique of the Institut Français (Paris) are providing two new awards.