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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Jordan and Belgium Sign an Audiovisual Co-Production Agreement

05/07/2021

Jordan and Belgium Sign an Audiovisual Co-Production Agreement

Amman, 5th of July 2021

In the framework of the cooperation between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Belgium, and with the support of the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) and the Embassy of Belgium in Amman, Jordan signed an audiovisual co-production agreement with the Government of Flanders in Belgium for five years.

The signing took place today – at the RFC’s premises – between the Ministry of Culture, represented by the Minister of Culture Ali Al-Ayed, and the Government of Flanders, represented by Luc Delrue on behalf of Jan Jambon, Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy, Culture, Digitalization and Facilities.

The signing was attended by Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein Chairman of the RFC’s Board of Commissioners; Mohannad Al Bakri the RFC’s Managing Director; Filip Vanden Bulcke the Ambassador of Belgium in Jordan; members of the Ministry’s staff and a delegation from Belgium.

The agreement aims to establish a framework for the relations between the two countries in the audiovisual sector, and more specifically for their co-productions. This cooperation contributes to the vitality of the audiovisual industries in both regions and thus to the development of their economic and cultural exchanges.

The nineteen articles of this agreement detail the conditions for obtaining audiovisual co-production status, eligibility of beneficiaries, rights of co-producers, conditions for participating in international film festivals, co-productions with third parties, facilitating the entry and residence of the related creative and technical personnel in the two countries, facilitating the import and re-export of equipment necessary to the production and distribution of audiovisual works that fall within this agreement, crediting the respective Jordanian and Belgian Governments in the credit titles of the co-produced audiovisual works.

Al-Ayed pointed out that this agreement contributes to fostering cultural exchanges and free flow of ideas as well as providing training and marketing opportunities, in addition to encouraging further co-productions.”

Commenting on the signing, Jambon said: “I am delighted to strengthen the cooperation between Flanders and Jordan. This agreement brings many new opportunities for Flemish filmmakers, such as Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah who are currently shooting their new film “Rebel” in Jordan.”

Al-Bakri stressed the importance of international agreements in the field of film and TV production. He said: "This co-production agreement goes in line with the RFC’s efforts to provide additional opportunities for the Jordanian film industry. Cinema is a demanding cultural sector, which requires resources at various levels: artistic, technical and financial. We are confident that this cooperation is a gateway to the necessary resources and benefits available in each country. It was a difficult year for Jordanian filmmakers, especially in terms of funding, and we hope that this will be a step towards reviving the film production scene in Jordan.”

On the other hand, Vanden Bulcke said: “The signing of this agreement is an important step in reinforcing the cultural relations between Jordan and Belgium, in particular the Flemish region, especially as it is only the second such agreement Jordan concludes after the one with Canada. Film production by Belgian production companies in Jordan is already an established practice and will benefit from this agreement.”

For more details, please check the agreement:

Audiovisual co-production agreement between Jordan and Belgium

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For more information, please call: Marian Nakho 0797557116

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.