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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #169 June 2017

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. Job opportunity at the Royal Film Commission - Jordan: Technical Filmmaking Support
  2.  Call for applications: Debut Documentary Program
  3. Call for applications: Med Film Factory’s 5th Round
  4. Call for submissions: The Arab Film Institute Post-Production Grant
  5. Call for applications: Zurich Film Festival Master Class 2017
  6. Call for submissions: The 16th Dhaka International Film Festival 2018

1. Job Opportunity at the Royal Film Commission - Jordan: Technical Filmmaking Support


This position provides technical and training support to Capacity Building training projects and filmmakers.


- Manage and maintain all film and multimedia production-related applications.
- Research the new trends and up-to-date technical solutions and technologies.
- Participate in the overall capacity building and multimedia production programs.
- Train young filmmakers on video editing software, and assist them throughout the whole process of post-production.
- Provide editing assistance for filmmakers.
- Maintain and update the inventory database and create safety backups.


- University graduate preferably in filmmaking or in a related field.
- A good knowledge in editing software and film structure.
- Ability to provide training to groups as well as individuals.
- Very good command in Arabic and English both written and spoken.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Please send your application to the following email: no later than 30 June 2017, and indicate clearly in the subject of your email the title of the position you are applying for.

2. Call for applications: Debut Documentary Program

The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) is accepting submissions for the Debut Documentary Program.

The program gives Jordanians or residents in Jordan the opportunity to produce Arabic language documentaries, within the framework of a training program and under the supervision of professional specialists.


This program is open to Jordanian citizens documentary filmmakers and documentary filmmakers residing in Jordan.

English transcripts are accepted provided that they are translated into Arabic later.

·   Applicants can only submit one treatment for a feature documentary.

·   This submission should be the first feature documentary for all applicants.

·   The applicants can be as follows: Two applicants (Producer and director).

How to apply:

Please send the following documents by email to: and type "Debut Documentary Program" under the subject.

• A cover letter introducing yourself and your project
• Logline describing your project in one sentence only
Synopsis of the project in one page only
The RFC allocates five thousand Jordanian Dinars (5,000 JOD) for each documentary. The participating producer is expected to secure additional funds and/ or in-kind sponsorship  
The submission of a budget breakdown should not exceed twelve thousand five hundred Jordanian Dinars (12,500 JOD).
The director's vision and creative approach to implementing the project
A biography of each of the applicants
Copies of any previous work (documentaries, shorts, TV commercials, etc.), if available
Marketing and distribution plans

The deadline for applications is on 15th July 2017.

For further information, please send an email to:

3. Call for applications: Med Film Factory’s 5th Round

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan welcomes applications to the fifth round of Med Film Factory (MFF), which will be held in Jordan in 2017. Six teams will be selected (two teams from Jordan and four teams from the Arab world) to participate in this year’s cycle.

Med Film Factory is a specialized training program aimed at semi-professional teams of Arab film directors and producers. MFF offers those teams the opportunity to advance their creative and professional skills, while supporting the realization of their projects, through two training sessions:

- The Producers’ Coaching Program
- The Directors’ Workshop

The deadline for applications is on 5th July, 2017.

To apply and for more information please visit  or write to  or call the Royal Film Commission- Jordan at: +962 6 461 3835 Ext: 108.

The 5th cycle of Med Film Factory is supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Jordan.

4. Call for submissions: The Arab Film Institute Post-Production Grant

As part of the Arab Film Institute (AFI) programme to support its members at any stage of their projects, the Post-production in-kind grant provides colour grading and online facilities to feature length projects in both fiction and non-fiction films.

Eligible for the call are filmmakers, producers or production company members of the Arab Film Institute. Those who are not yet members of the institute and would like to benefit from this opportunity, they are asked to complete their membership registration before submitting their projects. The grant will not be a monetary one – beneficiaries will rather be a variety of post-production services free of charge.

The contribution is limited to a maximum two weeks’ work for both fiction and non-fiction projects, and may not exceed the proposed timeframe. Applicants should complete the online application form.

A link for the rough-cut or directors cut must be available online for viewing. Entry forms missing any of the requested information will not be taken into consideration. The shared information will be kept confidential and is for internal use only.

The deadline for submission is on 1st August 2017.

Pixelmob a post-production company based in Beirut, and Mile Studios post-production company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates agreed to launch an open call for submission addressed exclusively to AFI’s members in order to award four feature films (fiction and non-fiction) to benefit of a colour grading, title credits, and online facilities to conform all four selected projects during this year.

Countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain

To apply and for further information, please visit:

5. Call for applications: Zurich Film Festival Master Class 2017

The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) Master Class offers a unique opportunity to learn from international film industry experts and connect with prospective collaborators while exploring the Zurich Film Festival. Application is open now!

Within the framework of the 13th Zurich Film Festival (28 September until 8 October, 2017), the ZFF Master Class takes place from 4 until 8 October, 2017. It addresses aspiring directors, scriptwriters and/or producers which seek for practical improvement.

During the intensive 5-day workshop, the max. 25 participants are invited to discuss their ideas with experts in intimate sessions, share experiences with colleagues and network at numerous industry events at the Zurich Film Festival.

The ZFF Master Class package includes:

• Participation in the ZFF Master Class (from 4 until 8 October 4 until, 2017)
• Free access to the ZFF Masters sessions at Filmpodium
• Industry accreditation for the Zurich Film Festival
• First-class accommodation with breakfast, lunch and selected dinners
• Numerous meet-ups, special screenings and glamorous parties

Eligibility requirements:

• You are an aspiring director, scriptwriter and/or producer who is interested in practical improvement.
• You have worked on either one feature length film, a number of short films, or a TV/web series that has been internationally recognized.
• You are in the first 10 years of your professional career in film and television.

Each year, ZFF Master Class selects participants carefully to ensure an interesting mix of people. Last year, filmmakers from 11 different countries came together in Zurich.

For further information please visit:

6. Call for submissions: The 16th Dhaka International Film Festival 2018

The 16th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) will be held in Dhaka from 12 to 20 January 2018. The general theme of the festival is: "Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society‟. The Festival has been organized on a regular basis by Rainbow Film Society, which has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and in celebrating the global mainstream in film and its social relevance since 1977.

The festival invites filmmakers to participate in different sections: Asian cinema Competition, Retrospective, Cinema of the World, Children's Film, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent Films Section and Spiritual Films Section.

DIFF is devoted to feature films only. Documentary and short films may only be included in Women Filmmaker, Short and Independent, Spiritual Films and in other special sections where it is deemed fit.

Rules and regulations:

Apart from the Retrospective films, all the other film entries should be made in 2017, in special cases the selection committee may accept films made in 2016.

For preview, the festival needs a DVD or a downloadable link.

The submitted films must be festival maiden (meaning the film should not have any record of being screened in any other Bangladeshi film festival before).
No preview DVD will be accepted after 15th October 2017.
The censor board in Bangladesh is intolerant to nudity, obscenity, sexual scenes, promotion of homosexuality, insulting or belittling of any religion or any film or any scene that may jeopardize the country‟s international ties. If you decide to submit your film at the festival, it means that you have agreed and have given the festival the permission to edit and delete as per the terms and conditions of the censorship board.

The deadline for submissions is on 15th October 2017.

For further information, please visit: 

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