Nominations & Eligibility

Detailed nominations and eligibility information for the Global Media Makers program


Applications to Global Media Makers will be considered by nomination only.


Qualified applicants must:

1) Be a citizen and/or current resident of one of the eligible program countries:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Morocco
  • Lebanon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

U.S. citizens, residents or green card holders are not eligible for this program.

2) Be mid-career filmmakers with at least one to three completed projects (in film, television and/or serial web content) as writer, producer or director. College graduates from the classes of 2017 or 2018 are not eligible for the LA Residency but can benefit from Film Independent’s follow-up Workshop Trips presented in their country.

3) Submit information about a project currently in advanced development or production that addresses issues of local importance in the applicant’s home country or the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

4) Fiction filmmakers must have a completed screenplay or teleplay and documentary filmmakers must have a fully formed proposal.

Selected participants are required to focus on and develop the project with which they applied to the program. Global Media Makers cannot support projects which have not been reviewed by the program’s selection committee.

Film Independent will contact qualified nominated candidates with instructions and a link to an online application form.

Candidates may apply as individuals or as a two-person creative team comprised of writers, directors and producers only. Preference will be given to creative teams, but individuals will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.

Please note: Selected participants must attend the full length of the program in Los Angeles. Global Media Makers fully covers the costs of the program, including transportation and accommodation, for selected participants. Participants may not be accompanied by family members or dependents.

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