The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) has announced 13 cinematic projects to receive the Jordan Film Fund’s (JFF) financial support with a total amount of JOD 233,000.
An independent jury evaluated 45 eligible cinematic projects in four categories: production of short and animation films; development of feature-length narratives and documentaries; production of feature-length narratives and documentaries and post-production of feature-length documentaries. Four JFF jury members met earlier this week in Amman to make the final selection:
Jordanian/Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri, who directed and produced several films that were screened worldwide and won over 60 international awards. Masri’s first narrative film, “3000 Nights” (2015) had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and was screened in several international film festivals where it won over 23 awards and was selected to represent Jordan at the 2017 Oscar Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film and Palestine at the Golden Globes;
Tunisian producer and Managing Director of Cinetelefilms Habib Attia, among his award-winning films “Beauty and The Dogs” 2017, “Zaineb Hates the Snow” 2016, “Challat of Tunis” 2014 and “Falastine Sterio” 2013;
German distributor and producer Irit Neidhardt, founder of Mec Film, an international sales and distribution company exclusively for films by Arab directors, among her film credits “Samman Bil Day’ia” (The One Man Village) 2008, “Fidai” 2012;
Egyptian film critic and programmer Ahmed Shawky, who is currently the assistant artistic director of Cairo International Film Festival and the Secretary General of Egyptian Film Critics Association (EFCA). He is also film programmer at Ismailia International Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, Luxor European and Egyptian Film Festival, Malmo, Mumbai and Tripoli Film Festivals.
Commenting on the submissions and selection process, the jury noted: “The jury enjoyed exploring 45 diverse projects representing different genres, trends and generations active mainly in the Jordanian film industry. Despite the difficulty of the selection, as most submitted works are highly artistic, the committee adopted its decisions unanimously and leaned towards supporting new voices and promising Jordanian talents, in the hope that it will help the execution of these projects and create more partnerships and co-production opportunities.”
George David, Managing Director of the Royal Film Commission - Jordan, added: “The Jordan Film Fund aims to support Jordanian talent by providing the necessary funding for their projects to take off. We also encourage co-productions with Arab countries and this is reflected by the selection. This is our humble contribution towards telling our Jordanian/Arab stories to a global audience.”
The grant recipients of the third cycle of the JFF include:
Production of Feature Narrative Projects:
1. ‘Daughters of Adbulrahman’ (Director: Zaid Abu Hamdan; Producer: Saba Mubarak)
2. ‘A Dog’s Tail’ (Director: Rami Yasin; Producer: Linda Mutawi).
3. ‘The Alleys” (Director: Bassel Ghandour; Producer: Rula Nasser).
4. ‘Another Day in Baghdad’ (Director: Maysoon Pachachi; Producer: Jamal Al Adwan).
Production of Feature Documentary Project:
‘Trapped in the Wild’ (Director: Christian Abi Abboud; Producer: Khaled Haddad)
Post-Production of Feature Documentary Project:
‘Tiny Souls’ (Director: Dina Naser; Producer: Dina Naser and Palmyre Badinier)
Development of Feature Narrative Projects:
1. ‘The Camp Beauty Queen’ (Scriptwriter: Hanadi Elyan)
2. ‘Amnesia’ (Scriptwriter: Dima Hamdan)
3. ‘The Common Land’ (Scriptwriters: Firas Taybeh, Alexia de Tillesse)
4. ‘My Corpse & I’ (Scriptwriter: Aseel Mansour)
Development of Feature Documentary Project:
‘Quiet Waters are Deep’ (Writer/ Director: Hind Dabbagh)
Production of Short Narrative Projects:
1. ‘Give Up The Ghost’ (Director: Zain El Duraie; Producer: Alaa AlAsad)
2. ‘From the Mountain’ (Director: Faisal Attrache; Producer: Deema Dabis)
For more information, please call: Royal Film Commission, Marian Nakho, tel: 06-4642266/ Ext: 23
For enquiries related to the grants, please contact Jordan Film Fund Manager: email@example.com
About The Royal Film Commission – Jordan:
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.