Spain’s Fundacion Autor, the training arm of Spain’s SGAE authors rights collection body, has launched a new initiative, Mediterranean Films Crossing Borders.
MFCB aims to deliver intensive training in film and TV distribution and promotion to producers, directors, screenwriters and film and TV execs based in 10 Mediterranean-rim territories: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and the Palestinian territories.
MFCB will be structured around four 2½-day seminars running at this year’s Cannes and San Sebastian fests and at Berlin and Cannes in 2007. Given the limited financial resources of many participants, travel and attendance at MFCB will be paid for by its organizers.
Among professionals signed up to talk at the debut Cannes seminar are Cannes market topper Jerome Paillard; Claudia Landsberger, prexy of the European Film Promotion; Strategic Film Marketing head John Durie; and Moroccan film director-producer Nabil Ayouch.
Ten films from participants will be screened at the Cannes fest’s Short Film Corner mini-mart.
MFCB is totally financed by the European Union’s Euromed Audiovisual II. It is organized by Fundacion Autor and Madrid-based Conectando Culturas in collaboration with the Cannes Market, Lebanon Cinema Foundation, Se.Sam association of independent Turkish producers and MEDA Film Developpement, a new Moroccan film development course.
MFCB is modeled on the EU/Fundacion Autor European Films Crossing Borders, which Variety co-sponsors.