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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #179 April 2018

15/04/2018

OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #179 April 2018

N.B. The information below is provided directly by the organizers of events, festivals, audio-visual organizations or independent film projects. The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) cannot be held accountable for it.

 

In this bulletin:

  1.  Call for applications: The 3rd Cycle of the Jordan Film Fund 
     

  2. Call for submissions: The 15th Dubai International Film Festival - MUHR Awards 
     

  3. Call for applications: Malmo Arab Film Festival Development Funding Application  
     

  4. Call for entries: The 5th edition of Talents Beirut 2018 
     

  5. Call for submissions: The 14th Zurich Film Festival 
     

  6.  Call for entries: The 7th International Film Music Competition
     

  7. Call for participation: ART CINEMA = ACTION + MANAGEMENT Training Program by the International Confederation of Art Cinemas
     

1. Call for applications: The 3rd Cycle of the Jordan Film Fund

The Royal Film Commission - Jordan supports the activities and programs that develop the potential of the independent local film industry, as well as its economic viability and continuity. To that end, the Jordan Film Fund (JFF) has been established to enable filmmakers to tell their stories as well as develop the independent film industry and contribute to its sustainability, especially in Jordan.

Financial assistance is offered to feature narrative and documentary at development, production and post-production stages, production of short (narrative and documentary) and animation as well as TV Series at development stage.

JFF Application Timeline 2018

Application for all categories opened on 6th March 2018. Deadline for Cinema category is midnight of 3rd May 2018 (Jordan Time).

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should be 18 years or over.

  •  At least a Jordanian national should occupy one or more of these roles: producer, director or writer.

  • At least 50% of all dialogue, narration, voiceover and any form of communication within the project must be in Arabic.

  • Projects applying for production fund must consider 50% of production is set in Jordan.

Guidelines to Application:

If you’re eligible to apply for The Jordan Film Fund, please read the Regulations and Guidelines carefully for very important details regarding the manner, in which funds are allocated, eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Download the Application Form relevant to your project category from the below list, fill it in, sign and email it to the address given below before the deadline. Please make sure to include all the documents on the "Support Material Checklist" required for project category along with your application form.

Application Forms:

  • Production of Short (Narrative and Documentary) and Animated Films

  • Development of Feature Narrative and Documentary

  • Production and Post-Production of Feature Narrative

  • Production and Post-Production of Feature Documentary

  • Development of TV Series

If you still have questions, get in touch with the JFF team at The Royal Film Commission- Jordan, Tel: +962 6 4642266 ext. 13 or Mobile: +962 797 557 229 or Email:apply@film.jo

2. Call for submissions: The 15th Dubai International Film Festival - MUHR 
Awards

Muhr Awards submissions for the 15th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), are currently closed and will open on 1st May, 2018

In 2006, DIFF launched the Muhr competition for short and feature films originating from the United Arab Emirates and Arab world. The prestigious competition is heavily contested and has emerged as a definitive platform for Arab film, nurturing and rewarding filmmaking excellence in the Arab world. The competition has helped raise profiles of award recipients on the international stage and drawing attention to cinema from the region. The competition is adjudicated by prestigious international juries.

Muhr Feature Awards

  • Best Muhr Fiction Feature - AED 200,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film

  • Best Muhr non-Fiction Feature - AED 100,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film

  • Special Jury Prize Muhr Feature (Fiction or Non- Fiction) - AED 50,000. The prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film

  • Best Director - AED 20,000

  • Best Actor - AED 10,000

  • Best Actress - AED 10,000

Muhr Short Awards

  • Best Muhr Short – AED 50,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

  • Special Jury Prize: Muhr Short - AED 25,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

Muhr Gulf Short Awards

  • Best Muhr Gulf Short - AED 50,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

  • Special Jury Prize: Muhr Gulf Short - AED 25,000. The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

Muhr Emirati Awards

  • Best Muhr Emirati Feature – AED 75,000 The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

  • Best Muhr Emirati Short – AED 50,000 The cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

  • Best Emirati Director – AED 20,000

Eligibility for People’s Choice Award:

All films selected in DIFF Official Programme with the exception of Cinema for Children and films which are out of our General Eligibility rules.

DIFF’s out of competition sections; Cinema of the World, Arabian Nights, Cinema for Children and DIFFerent Reality are curated by DIFF’s programmers and therefore not open for submissions.

For any further questions regarding DIFF Submissions, please visit:https://dubaifilmfest.com/en/page/260-2/diff_contact.html

3. Call for applications: Malmo Arab Film Festival Development Funding Application

The application to Malmo Arab Film Festival's funding initiative MAFF Development Funding opened on 1st of April and will close 31st of May - 2018.

The funds aspire to stimulate co-productions between Sweden and the Arab countries and are available for feature films, short films and documentaries.

MAFF Development Funding is an initiative aiming to create a platform for new international partnerships and innovative stories that concern issues of identity, exile, and diversity. MAFF Development Funding focuses on providing support to film projects that are in a state of development. Projects should focus on issues that concern Arab culture, identity, and exile or are co-produced by Swedish and Arabic producers.

MAFF Development Funding is established with the aim of creating a platform for new international partnership, and thereby lay the basis for a wider diversity in film production. The initiative is established for three types of film projects – feature, short and documentary.

MAFF Development Funding Feature & Documentary is presented in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute. MAFF Development Funding Short presented in cooperation with Film i Skane.

MAFF Development Funding
Feature - 150 000 SEK (in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute)
Documentary - 50 000 SEK (in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute)
Short - 30 000 SEK (in cooperation with Film i Skane)

More information on the qualifications is available on the website:http://maffswe.com/funding/ 

4. Call for entries: The 5th edition of Talents Beirut 2018

Applications for the 5th edition of the Talents Beirut 2018 are open until May 3rd 2018. Talents Beirut will be held from September 13-17, 2018 in Berirut.

Talents Beirut is a project that aims to support film talents from the Arab World, allowing them to reflect on their own works by connecting with other emerging and confirmed talents, and by discovering new ways to approach the art of film making, whether from technical or theoretical point of views. It is a branch of the Berlinale Talents (formally known as the Berlinale Talent Campus) which invites every year more than 300 talents from the four corners of the globe during the Berlin International Film Festival to meet film experts and discuss film related matters, such as production distribution and filmmaking at large.

QUALIFICATION
Your application for Talents Beirut 2018 will only be processed if you meet the following requirements:

  1. You have submitted a complete application, including a sample of work. Please note that the application is individual and we cannot accept team applications. You must have obtained the consent of the other copyright owners for the use of the work sample submitted.

  2. You work in one of these areas: cinematography, editing, sound design/score composition.

  3. You have directly contributed to at least one short film with a credit as cinematographer, editor or sound designer/score composer, this film was screened at a recognized film festival, OR you have worked on this film with afore-mentioned credit as a student at a film school or in a film programme.

  4. You must be a citizen of one of the following Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. You must be residing in one of these countries and be at least 18 years of age by September 2018. Participants must be fluent in English and Arabic. French is a plus.

For further information, please visit: http://www.talents-beirut.com

5. Call for submissions: The 14th Zurich Film Festival

The 14th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will take place from September 27 – October 7, 2018. Films can be submitted via the platform Withoutabox.

The competition comprises of the following three categories:

  • International Feature Film Competition

  • International Documentary Film Competition

  • Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature Films and Documentary Films)

The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25,000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition by two separate juries. The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 20,000 cash prize will be awarded in the competition category Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria by a separate jury. Winning films with Swiss distribution further profit from P&A contribution for a theatrical release in Switzerland.

Submissions to the competition must fulfill the following criteria:

  •  Director’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length film (> 60 min)

  • Projects completed after October 1, 2017

  • Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at Zurich Film Festival
    Non Competition Features
    Submissions to all Non Competition Sections (Documentary Films and Feature Films).

  • Gala Premieres

  • Special Screenings

  • New World View

  • Border Lines

  • Window to the World

  • TVision

  • ZFF for Kids

Submissions to the Non Competition sections must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Films must be at least 60 minutes long (except TV Pilots)

  • Projects completed after October 1, 2017

  • Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF
    Submission Fee

  • Early Bird until March 31, 2018: € 50

  • From April 1 until June 30, 2018: € 75
    For technical questions regarding the use of Withoutabox, please contact Withoutabox Support.

For questions regarding submissions, please contact Stefanie Rusterholz(stefanie.rusterholz@zff.com).

Find more information on: www.zff.com/en/industry

6. Call for entries: The 7th International Film Music Competition

A springboard for talented musical composers from around the globe, this year’s International Film Music Competition asks entrants to score HAPPINESS. This short animation film by the renowned London-based illustrator Steve Cutts has garnered over 1.2 million plays on Vimeo in just three months and has been selected to receive its ‘Best of the Year’ accolade. The International Film Music Competition is now open for entries.

The Zurich Film Festival and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich collaborate once again this year with the Forum Filmmusik to present the seventh International Film Music Competition. An international jury of experts comprising composers, music specialists and filmmakers will choose five nominees from the entries received. The five successful compositions will be world-premiered during the Zurich Film Festival by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the musical direction of Frank Strobel on October 4, 2018 at the Tonhalle Maag in the presence of the nominees and the jury of experts. The winner will receive the Golden Eye for ‘Best International Film Music 2018’ endowed with a CHF 10’000 cash prize.

Composers from around the world who have not scored or orchestrated more than three films of more than 60 minutes duration are eligible to enter.

The competition entry fee is € 75; there is an early bird fee of just € 50 if you register before April 20, 2018. Entries must be received on or before June 1, 2018.

A download link for the film to be scored and further information about entering the International Film Music Competition can be found at filmmusiccompetition.ch

7. Call for participation: ART CINEMA = ACTION + MANAGEMENT Training Program by the International Confederation of Art Cinemas

CICAE, the International Confederation of Art Cinemas, offers an international training programme for professionals working in the art-house exhibition industry. The seminar is organized with the support of the Creative Europe’s MEDIA Programme. It brings together around 30 trainers and 50 participants coming from all over the world, for an 8-day programme of lectures, workshops, case studies and screenings.

AIMS OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME

  • Communicate to the new generation of art house managers the specific knowledge (methods, tools, ideas and contacts) they need for programming, event organization and management of an art house cinema.

  • Offer exhibitors a space where they can reflect on their practices, share their experiences and discover new opportunities in their industry.

  • Provide insight into the know-how and the challenges of the sector.

  • Benefit from the skills of around a hundred top-notch cinema professionals and trainers.

  • Create a network of contacts and exchange experiences with one’s peers.

  • Develop short and long-term projects.

PARTICIPANTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA 
The training is suitable for:

  • Exhibitors, programmers and cabin operators of independent cinema theatres.

  • Exhibitors planning to change their cinema into an independent cinema.

  • Exhibitors planning to open an independent cinema theatre.

  • Institutional and other professionals wanting to understand and develop their skills in the independent exhibition industry.

The Venue: 
S
an Servolo Island, Venice, Italy.

Languages:
The working language is English (intermediate skills): it is necessary for the workshops, group work and for taking advantage of the networking opportunities. Simultaneous translation for all lectures will be available in Italian, English, French and German.

Dates: 
The Juniors Session (August 27 – September 2): Suitable for independent operators and programmers with at least 1 year’s experience and to other industry professionals. This is an 7-day residential training programme.

The Executives Session (August 27 – September 1): Suitable for exhibitors and programmers with at least 10 years’ experience in an independent cinema (or at least 5 years of experience covering an executive position within the industry) and to other professionals with extensive experience in the sectorThis is an 5-day residential training programme.

To apply and for further information, please visit: http://cicae.org/en/training-application-cicae

The Royal Film Commission was established in 2003 to promote the audio-visual industry in Jordan. Tel: +962-6-4642266  e-mail: info@film.jo  www.film.jo