Cairo Industry Days (November 21-26), Cairo International Film Festival’s industry platform is proud to partner with EAVE ON DEMAND for the second year in a row, in organising a film script development lab dedicated to 6 teams of Arab writers and producers. The call for submission is open until September 5th.


The 4-day workshop objective is to cover all aspects of the development stage of feature fiction film projects including script development strategies, the role of the producer, marketing and international sales, budgeting and financial planning as well as pitching.


All projects should have a writer and a producer attached and submit a project package in both English & Arabic through an electronic form. All details about EAVE Development Lab and the submission requirements are available on Cairo International Film Festival website


EAVE Development Lab will combine the long experience that EAVE has in international training and networking with a tailor-made approach for film industry professionals from the Arab Region, taking into account their specific needs.


This year’s EAVE experts are producer Diana Elbaum (“Frankie” by Ira Sachs -Cannes competition 2019, Elle by Paul Verhoeven -Cannes competition 2016, “A Screaming Man” by Mahamat Saleh Haroun – Cannes competition 2010 and winner of Jury Prize), Gabor Greiner Head of Acquisitions at  Films Boutique (“Macondo” by Sudabeh Mortezai- Berlinale Competition, “The way he looks” by Daniel Ribeiro- The Teddy and Fipresci Award winner and the Sundance and Berlinale Audience Award winner “Direct” executive produced by Angelina Jolie, and renowned script consultant Clare Downs(“United States of Love” – Berlin Best Screenplay 2016, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” – Winner Cannes Un Certain Regard 2016, “The Accused” – Venice, Toronto 2018).


EAVE Development Lab will consist of masterclasses (open to all CIFF accredited guests and delegates), group work sessions as well as individual meetings for the selected 6 teams of writers and producerswith their projects at development stage. The group and individual sessions will enable the teams to cover the challenges facing the talents, knowledge sharing and case studies, discussions of the group’s projects from both perspectives as well as setting a plan for following steps of the project.

EAVE – European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, is one of the leading professional training, project development and networking organizations for audiovisual producers. Working with a worldwide network of partners we are involved in programmes for producers in Europe, Russia, Latin America, the Arab world, Asia and Africa.


Cairo Industry Days is the industry platform of Cairo International Film Festival that launched during the 40th edition of the festival in partnership with Arab Cinema Center. Cairo Industry days provides an important space for discussions, networking, meetings, workshops, masterclasses and partnership opportunities between Arab talents and regional and international key industry professionals to further support Arab Cinema. Cairo Industry Days will run from 21st to 26th of November, 2019.