The Film Residency

Backstory The Film Residency

The project ended in 2019 and will not be continued in this form. We will update you about future residency programs soon.
„BACKSTORY“ invites emerging filmmakers:
  • Who already have professional work experience and are up to 40 years old
  • Who plan to realize a film project or part of it (pre-production, production or post-production)
  • Who are working on any film genre except commercial ads
  • Who must be citizens of, and/or currently residing in one of these countries:
    - Algeria – Bahrain – Egypt – Germany – Iraq – Jordan – Kuwait – Lebanon – Libya – Morocco – Oman – Palestinian Territories – Qatar – Saudi Arabia – Sudan – Syria – Tunisia – UAE – Yemen           

„BACKSTORY“ will provide: 
  • Accommodation at Beirut Art Residency
  • Inspiring workspace in the heart of Gemmayzeh, Beirut’s artistic district
  • Administrative and logistical support
  • Access to technical equipment according to project needs
  • Specialized mentoring formats and master classes provided during the residency
  • Flights to and from Beirut
  • Monthly stipend of USD 1,000
The program is designed:
  • To support regional filmmakers in realizing their filmprojects (logistically, financially, technically, and thematically)
  • To initiate and facilitate networking in the region and between the region and Europe
  • To create opportunities for exchange 
  • To provide a platform for the presentation of filmworks in order to be exposed to a local public
  • To arrange individual mentoring formats to enhance the capabilities of filmmakers
Goethe-Institut Lebanon
Nahr Ibrahim Street
Facing Sacré Coeur School back entrance
P.O.B. 113-5159

To consult BACKSTORY coordinator Elisa Nobel, please contact phone:   
 +961 1 570131 Ext.: -205 or email:

Residents Session 1: July/August 2019

Ahmed Hamed portrait Ahmed Hamed

Ahmed Hamed

Ahmed Hamed is an Egyptian filmmaker and producer.
He gained a BA in Acting & Directing from Helwan University in Egypt.

Angela Dabbak portrait Angela Dabbak

Angela Dabbak

Angela Dabbak is a video editor and filmmaker from Beirut.
Having focused her career on video editing, she is recently branching out and aiming to improve her skills as a filmmaker.

Katrin Winkler portrait Katrin Winkler

Katrin Winkler

Katrin Winkler is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. She works in the fields of expanded cinema, critical research, photography and video installation.

Sama Waly & Rodrigo Brum portrait Sama Waly & Rodrigo Brum

Sama Waly & Rodrigo Brum

Sama Waly lives and works in Cairo. She received her MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rodrigo Brum is a Brazilian filmmaker, currently based in Cairo. He holds an MA in Philosophy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and an MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Residents Session 2: September/October 2019

Roser Corella & Florian Klaeger

Roser Corella is an Independent Documentary Filmmaker currently based in Berlin. She studied Visual Arts at the University of Barcelona, Städelschule in Frankfurt, and in Cuba at EICTV – International School of Cinema and TV. Florian Klaeger is a filmmaker and editor from Germany. Coming from analog film projections and animation, he holds a diploma in editing and was a master student at Béla Tarrs film.factory in Sarajevo.


Albaqer Jafeer

Albaqer Jafeer is an Iraqi director who studied filmmaking at the Iraqi Independent Film Center in 2009. Later on, Jafeer participated in filmmaking workshops inside and outside Baghdad where he studied screenwriting, directing, editing and production management.

Minas Mohamed Isa Edam

Minas Edam is a Sudanese artist/designer and short film maker.
She graduated from Sudan University with a Bachelor in Fine & Applied Art.

Omar Sfeir

Omar Sfeir is a Lebanese filmmaker. He began experimenting with film and photography from an early age till the conception and finalization of his two short films: Salwa - Empreintes d'un album photo, and one feature documentary “Album”.

Backstory residents 2017, session 1 © Beirut Art Residency

Residents 2017

Portraits of the 8 residents who worked on their filmprojects in Beirut between June and October 2017.

Residents 2018

Portraits of the 8 residents who worked on their filmprojects in Beirut between July and October 2018.

The Jury

Rania Stephan © Marwan Tahtah

filmmaker - video artist
Rania Stephan

Rania Stephan is a Lebanese filmmaker and video artist from Beirut. Anchored in the turbulent reality of her country, her documentaries give a personal perspective to political events.

Jowe Harfouche © Jowe Harfouche

Jowe Harfouche

Jowe Harfouche is a Lebanese director, based in Beirut. the executive director of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens, a regional organization that supports ​cinema spaces offering alternative film programming in the Arab world. 

Youssef Shazli © Youssef Shazli

Youssef Shazli

Youssef Shazli is an Egyptian director from Cairo. He is currently managing two initiatives of Misr International Films: The Panorama of the European Film and Zawya Cinema, one of Egypt's first arthouse cinemas.

Birgit Kohler © Birgit Kohler

Film curator
Birgit Kohler

Birgit Kohler is a German film curator, based in Berlin. She is co-director of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and a member of the selection committee for the International Forum of New Cinema, a sidebar of the Berlin Film Festival.


The residency is an opportunity for those who want to upgrade their professional capabilities through Master Classes that will be available to residents (according to their interests) as well as for individuals who want to realize their filmmaking projects at any stage i.e. pre-production, production and post-production. It provides the chance to concentrate on their project by providing costs of living and accommodation; equipment if necessary and travel expenses.
This project is designed for emerging professionals who are able to work on their projects independently. Additionally, Master Classes will be provided as well as professional guidance and technical help in case residents need guidance in how to use the equipment.

The artists can be working on one or several stages of their filmmaking project:
  • Pre-production including scriptwriting
  • Production
  • Post-production
  • Algeria - Jordan - Morocco - Tunisia
  • Bahrain - Kuwait - Oman - UAE
  • Egypt - Lebanon - Saudi Arabia - Palestine
  • Iraq - Libya - Syria – Qatar
  • Yemen - Sudan
  • Germany
  • Feature
  • Documentary
  • Experimental
  • Animation
  • Short Film
  • Other