Designed to increase co-productions between Arab and European film professionals, Interchange is a project development programme for teams of writer/director and producer from Europe and the Arab world that are currently working on a feature-length fiction film.  

Each year, approximately 10 teams of are brought together for workshops in Torino and Dubai that are conducted by international tutors.  The training is structured to match the needs of the participants, who get to enhance their skills through concrete guidance on the development of their projects.  In addition, three Arab trainee script consultants undergo training as story editors and work on the selected projects.

Supported by the European Union’s MEDIA International scheme, Interchange is a partnership between the TorinoFilmLab, EAVE and the Dubai International Film Festival that was launched in 2010.


Projects must comprise of a writer/director and producer.

Writers and producers must come from Europe or one of the listed Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The applicant producers should have a demonstrable track record of producing in their own country and perhaps internationally. This could include the production of feature films, documentaries, music videos and television commercials.

European applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear relationship to or involvement with the countries indicated above and proposed projects should come from or be related to them.

The working language of all Interchange workshops and events is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.



Participants’ activities will take place across six months in 2013 as follows:

27 June - 2 July 2013: 1st four-day residential workshop in Torino: assessment of projects’ status, development and pitching workshop with group sessions, lectures and case-studies.

July - August (until August 30) 2013: 1st on-line/Skype/e-mail development session: feedback & consulting, task-setting. By the end of this session all participants must deliver their materials for the Book of Projects (the catalogue for the final pitching event).

September - October (until October 30) 2013: 2nd on-line/Skype/e-mail development session: feedback & consulting, task-setting. By the end of this session all participants must deliver the project materials necessary for the group work during the next workshop (i.e. a treatment for the writers; financing plan, budget and other production-related documents for the producers).

Please note that participants who will not deliver the requested materials by the given deadline at the end of each of the two on-line sessions will be considered dropouts and therefore they will not be allowed to participate in the final pitching event at the Dubai Film Festival!

December 2013: 2nd five-day residential workshop in Dubai: final script assessment, project advice, pitching training, producers’ coaching, case studies + Pitching event and one-to-one meetings at Dubai Film Connection with film industry professionals from EU and Arab regions.

The training of writers/filmmakers, producers, and story editor trainees is carried out simultaneously in both residential workshops and, as mentioned above, the curriculum is designed around project development and co-production strategies, as well as pitching training in the final session.

Participants will continue working on-line between the two residential workshops and will receive feedback on project development through a schedule of Skype/e-mail consultations.

A Head Producer will supervise all 10 teams. Each team’s project will also be analyzed in depth by one of the 3 professional tutors. 


There is no entry fee.

Participants’  accommodation expenses (hotel and meals) during the workshops are covered by Interchange.

Travel expenses to Torino and Dubai have to be covered by the participants.



Applications for Interchange 2014 will open in November 2013:

You need to apply through the TorinoFilmLab website, at:

Teams of writers/director and producer applying with a project need to send:

  • Application Form
  • Full curriculum vitae (all applicants)
  • Synopsis (1 page maximum/only for writers)
  • Treatment (10 page maximum /only for writers)
  • Letter of motivation for doing Interchange (1 page maximum/all applicants). For European projects, the producer should also explain in which way the project is related to the Arab countries which are part of the Interchange Programme.
  • Development/production timetable (for producers)
  • Detailed budget, incl. development budget (for producers)
  • Financing plan (euro currency): please include detailed info about the funds’ country of origin, region of interest and their relevant deadline, and mark any funds already obtained (for producers)
  • One previous short film or extract of previous materials, (not mandatory/only for writer-directors)*

*only 1 per applicant; show reels will not be accepted; the short film should be uploaded on line and the link sent by e-mail to  via Pando ( or YouSendIt (

Film professionals applying as trainee script consultants need to send:

  • Application form
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation for doing Interchange (1 page maximum)

Only entries with complete form and materials will be accepted.


Drawing on the EAVE and TFL’s tested pedagogical methods and building on both organisations’ previous experience of working with DIFF and the Gulf Film Festival the workshops will benefit participants in the following ways:

  • Establishing an extensive network of professional contacts both in the Arab region and Europe
  • Experiencing first-hand the European and Arab region film market opportunities
  • Developing practical professional skills in project development, financing, co-production, international marketing which can be applied to current and future projects 
  • Furthering opportunities for success in having their project produced.
  • Realizing projects along a development ‘fast track’ through help from international experts/ tutors
  • Personal and professional development for shaping a marketable audiovisual product
  • Acquiring lifelong/ teachable professional know-how in implementing a broader creative vision
  • Establishing international audiovisual industry relations through TFL, EAVE and DIFF partners’ industry network comprising producers, financiers, financial, legal, business advisors and decision-makers, which will then also be accessible for future projects
  • Understanding of Arab and EU markets and what projects may be suitable for co-production
  • Promoting audience taste for Arabian audiovisual works in the EU markets and vice-versa
  • Practice at the final pitching for connecting with industry - at future Festivals or co-production Markets
  • Acquiring strengths for operating internationally backed by reputable networks

The tutors and trainers are experienced and well-connected professionals, both at a European and international level.

Click Here to download the Interchange Book of Projects 2012

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