NAAS teamed up with Metropolis Cinema to launch a training program, within the framework of the fourth edition of Talents Beirut, dedicated to alternative film exhibition and creative distribution in the Arab region.
The three-day program, “Creative Film Programming: Between Year-Round Cinema and the Film Festival,” brought together twelve exhibitors, distributors and film programmers operating in eight countries in the Arab world and internationally.
The trainees were the representatives of venues operating in Sudan, Algeria and Iraq, and attended the training as part of “Cinapses”, a year-long project designed by NAAS to support its members in their endeavors to build new audiences, expand markets for film distribution, and broaden the geography of film circulation in the region.
NAAS and Metropolis designed a unique curriculum for Talents Beirut, bringing into focus the question of film curation in relation to outreach: Why is curation an essential part of what defines alternative cinema spaces? How can it contribute to making the cinema space sustainable? Programmers and distributors working in various contexts were invited to share with the participants their experience with running festivals, year-round film programs, and film releases and to discuss how these different schemes impact the development of a cinema space and its capacity to engage in a long-term conversation with local audiences, and eventually grow into broader networks.