Call for submissions: Short documentaries on the human rights of religious minorities in the Middle East and North Africa

Deadline for Applications

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Call for submissions: Short documentaries on the human rights of religious minorities in the Middle East and North Africa (closing date: 15 March)

انقر هنا لقراءة هذه الدعوة لتقديم الطلبات باللغة العربية.

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) invites documentary filmmakers to tender for the production of a documentary film on issues related to freedom of religion and belief in one (or more) of our target countries: Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Syria.

In a brief decided in collaboration with MRG, you will produce, direct, shoot and edit an 8-to-10-minute documentary film. The filmmaker will bring their unique combination of journalistic news-gathering and cinematic eye to cover the issue sensitively and compellingly.


Challenges to freedom of religion or belief and abuses to the human rights of religious minorities are on the rise across the world. Many of religious minorities in the Middle East and North Africa are still experience continuation of social, political, and economic marginalisation and insecurity. The abuses of human rights of religious minorities can be seen in many aspects including but not limited to restrictive legislation, prevalence of hate speech in the political and religious discourse, engrained prejudice, and prosecution.

This film will not be about MRG’s work per se, but about the issues faced by the people we aim to support through our work. The film should focus on a specific religious minority community and/or pressing human rights issues that they are facing. Issues that are under-reported will be prioritised. It is desirable that the film could also focus on vulnerable groups within religious communities such as women and people with disabilities who often face multiple discrimination.

The film should be a newsworthy documentary that takes a nuanced and intersectional approach to the topic. Your own creative input will be highly important.

The film is aimed to build awareness of issues facing religious minorities among the general public and policies makers in the domestic, regional and international context.


Budget: 10,000 EUR

MRG will additionally pay for the post-production formatting (into TV format), conversion to the social media content and submission for film festivals.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form in English or Arabic.


  • Deadline to submit applications: 15 March 2021
  • Expected start date: 15 April 2021
  • Final film submission to MRG: 15 October 2021

If you have any queries, please contact mrgmena(at)minorityrights.org

About the project

Minority Rights Group (MRG) is an international non-governmental organisation working to secure rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities worldwide and to promote co-operation between communities. The grants are financed by ‘Protecting the Rights of Religious Minorities‘, a four-year project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

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