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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #188 Jan 2019



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 for Jordanians and Residents in Jordan: La Fémis Summer School 2019
  2. Call for applications: World Cinema Fund l Berlin International Film Festival 
  3. Call for submissions: Doha Film Institute Grants Programme 2019
  4. Call for applications: Cinephilia Bound Cannes program- 3rd Edition 
  5. Call for submissions: The 68th Melbourne International Film Festival 
  6. Call for submissions: Nashville Film Festival 2019 (Film Competition) 
  7. Call for submissions: Nashville Film Festival 2019 (Screenplay Competition) 
  8. Call for submissions: CineLink Co-production Market 2019
  9. Call for submissions: Tribeca Film Festival (Tribeca X Award) 
  10. Call for submissions: Raindance Film Festival 

1. Call for Applications for Jordanians and Residents in Jordan: La Fémis Summer School 2019

Are you a young director or a cinema student residing in Jordan?
Do you speak French?

The Cooperation and Cultural Action Service of the Embassy of France in Jordan is
offering a scholarship opportunity to a candidate who is resident of Jordan to participate
to the Femis Summer School in Paris from May 31st to July 26th 2019 on the topic of
documentary filmmaking.

This training includes theoretical and practical components that will allow the selected
candidate to reinforce and improve his/her technical knowledge. It is organized by the
Fémis (« Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l’Image et du Son »), main cinema
school in France that is also recognized on an international level.

About the program: 
The Summer University is a two-month training program (31 May - 26 July, 2019) for 15 non-European young film directors or film students who wish to develop their practical and theoretical knowledge of documentary filmmaking in France. This training is supported and organized in partnership with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign affairs since 1989.

Only applicants from countries where French Embassies provide a scholarship for this training can apply (Maghreb, Africa, Latin America, Asia – except South Korea, Japan and Singapore – Eastern Europe – except countries of the European Union – and Middle-East).

Trainees will be selected both by the Cultural Services of the French Embassies and La Fémis, on the basis of the application file and a film directed by the applicant.

The Program:
The program runs for 8 weeks of intensive classes, 5 days per week. Each trainee directs a 5 to 10 minutes documentary.

Along with its preparation, trainees will follow a 4-week theoretical course including many film screenings. The last 4 weeks of the program will be dedicated to the documentary filmmaking.

First part (4 weeks)
Classes are given by professionals from the French film industry (who regularly teach at La Fémis, and some of them are
 Fémis Alumni) in which the following subjects are taught: writing, directing, editing of a documentary and its production conditions (encounters with producers specialized in co-productions and persons in charge of the cinema funds “Aides aux cinémas du monde” and of the “Fabrique du cinéma du Monde”). Technical training workshops take place also during this first part: pocket film workshop (filming with a cell phone), sound and cinematography workshops…
Many screenings illustrate the classes, followed by a Q&A with the director. In 2018, invited directors were: Eric Caravaca (Carré 35), Jean-Baptiste Thoret (We Blew It), Raed Andoni (Ghost Hunting), Olivier Babinet (Swagger), Claire Simon
(Premières Solitudes), Bojina Panayotova (Je vois rouge).

Second part (4 weeks): documentary filmmaking
Trainees are involved in the various stages of the project’s development: writing, location scouting, shooting, editing. Each trainee makes a 5 to 10 minutes documentary film. Each, in turn, assumes the different positions in the shooting.
Throughout this phase, trainees are supervised by professional tutors who regularly teach at La Fémis.

The ability to speak, write and read in French is compulsory.

Applicants must not be over the age of 30 on January 1st, 2019.

This program is reserved for students having a scholarship from the French Embassies.

You can find the Application Form on:

 Please send complete applications to  
Mrs. Hania HADDAD:   

You are kindly asked to send the following documents:

- Application form
- CV in French
- An application letter (in French or in English)

Deadline for submitting the applications: 2 February 2019.

2. Call for applications: World Cinema Fund l Berlin International Film Festival

Are you looking for funding? Check out opportunities offered by the World Cinema Fund 

The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office and with further support by the Goethe-Institut.

WCF works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.

Regions and countries:

The World Cinema Fund supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries. The support is focused on the following regions and countries: Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

Types of funding and necessary documents:

Production Funding
Distribution Funding

You can find detailed information, downloads of the guidelines, forms and more on the page:

The deadline for applications is on 25 February 2019. 

For further information, please visit the website:

3. Call for submissions: Doha Film Institute Grants Programme 2019

The goals of the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme are to identify new talent, seek out new cinematic voices and discover universally resonant stories. 

The Programme provides creative and financial assistance for short and feature-length films, subject to eligibility criteria, by Qatari and international first- and second-time directors, as well as established MENA directors. 

Financial support is also available for TV and web series helmed by MENA scriptwriters and directors, subject to eligibility criteria. 

The current cycle opened 10 JANUARY 2019 and closes at midnight (GMT+3) on 22 JANUARY 2019.


Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Development, production and post-production funding is available to first- and second-time directors from the MENA region for feature-length projects. Short films are eligible for production funding only. Established MENA directors may apply for post-production funding for feature-length projects.

Development funding is available to screenwriters from the MENA region for TV series.
Production funding is available to directors from the MENA region for web series.

Post-production funding is available for feature-length films by first- and second-time non-MENA directors.

Qatari Applicants
The Institute seeks to strengthen and empower Qatari voices in filmmaking
In addition to applying for funding through the Grants Programme , Qatari filmmakers with short and feature-length projects at any stage of evolution are invited to contact the Institute year-round at  to discuss grants, co-financing possibilities, internships with international productions, creative development seminars, mentorship initiatives and exhibition opportunities.

For general film grants guidelines and submission materials for international applicants and for general TV and web series grants guidelines for MENA applicants, please visit:  

4. Call for applications: Cinephilia Bound Cannes program- 3rd Edition

Cinephilia Productions is now accepting applications for its 3rd edition of Cinephilia Bound Cannes program that will take place at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival 2019 in partnership with Maison Des Scénaristes, the International Scriptwriters' Pavilion/WeFilmGood.

Cinephilia Bound Cannes is a 3-day program that aims to facilitate the connection between international producers & screenwriters/filmmakers from the Middle East and Africa who are working on their first, second or third feature film project. 

Cinephilia Bound offers the opportunity to filmmakers to attend one of the world’s most prestigious and industry studded festivals and film markets to pitch their projects to producers and to facilitate a dialogue for possible international co-productions. 

Aside from pitching projects in one-on-one sessions at Maison Des Scénaristes, Cinephilia Bound have introduced a new element to our program. Selected filmmakers will pitch their projects in a group session to a jury of industry professionals who will award “Cinephilia Bound Award” to the best pitch. 

Eligibility requirements

- Career and emerging screenwriters and film directors are welcome to apply. Screenwriters working on literary adaptations must provide rights clearance documents. Screenwriters working on a project without a director attached are highly encouraged to apply. Film directors can be screenwriters-directors or working on directing a screenplay written by another screenwriter. In this case, an agreement between the writer and the director should be presented. Please note: Producers are not eligible to apply.

- Must be citizen of any one of the eligible countries. Applicants residing outside the eligible countries must provide a proof of citizenship.

- Must be in development of their first, second or third narrative or documentary feature film project. Experimental films are not eligible. For documentary filmmakers, projects that have initiated principal photography can be considered. 

- Must have a proven track record of work such as previous short film(s), feature film or produced screenplays (writers who do not have a produced screenplay to their credit will be asked to submit a writing sample from other screenplays.)

- Must be over 21 years old.

- Must have valid passport.

- Must have good command of the English language. 

- Collaborative groups (co-writers or co-directors) must present one application. If selected, Cinephilia Bound covers the cost for only one filmmaker (to be decided among the collaborators themselves).

Eligible countries 

Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates & Yemen. 

ewly added countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Regular Deadline: 10 February  2019

Late Deadline: 25 February 2019

For further information, please visit:

5. Call for submissions: The 68th Melbourne International Film Festival

The 68th edition of the Melbourne International Film Festival is still accepting submissions. The festival will take place from 1st until 18th August 2019.


To be eligible for consideration, all 
films must meet the following requirements:
- Films must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
- Films must not have been/will not be screened in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form prior to August 19, 2019. This includes television and internet broadcasting. The only exceptions to this requirement are for private screenings held for cast, crew or investors, and film school graduation screenings.
- Films must be in their original language with English subtitles if the original language is not English.
- Please note that the Festival reserves the right to program films completed prior to 1 January 2018 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2019 Festival.

- Short Film: 40 minutes and 29 seconds or less. 
- Feature Film: 40 minutes and 30 seconds or more. 
- Australian Film: If Australian funds were used in the development or production of the film, if the film was shot in Australia, and/or if the post-production work was done in Australia, a film can be classified at least as an Australian co-production and is eligible to be submitted under the Australian category. 
- International Film: This category includes all films that do not come under the Australian definition. 

Regular deadline: 5.00pm AEST 1 February 2019
Late deadline: 5.00pm AEST 29 March 2019

For further information, please visit the website: 

6. Call for submissions: Nashville Film Festival 2019 (Film Competition)

Submit Your Film: 

You can now submit your feature or short film to the 2019 Nashville Film Festival. 
Founded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and one of the acclaimed festivals in the South. Hosted in Music City, USA, NashFilm attracts enthusiastic film lovers from all across the country. 

The 50th edition will take place from 3rd until 12th of October 2019. 

Rules and regulations: 

- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries. 

- Feature films are 
at least 40 minutes.  Short films are under 40 minutes in length.

- Films not in English must be subtitled in English. Films that have shown theatrically or been broadcast on television in Nashville prior to the Festival or are available on DVD or VOD are not eligible for consideration. Additional cash and non-cash prizes are eligible in many categories for films that elect to have their World or North American Premieres at the 2019 festival.

- Entries must not have been publicly shown before January 1, 2018.

- Works in progress are accepted but are not encouraged. 

- You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.

Regular deadline: 28 February 2019 
Late deadline: 30 April 2019 
Extended deadline: 31 May 2019 

For further information, please visit:

7. Call for submissions: Nashville Film Festival 2019 (Screenplay Competition)

You can submit your screenplay to the 2019 Nashville Film Festival that will place from 3rd until 12th of October 2019. 

Rules and regulations:

Original Content: All entries submitted to the Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) Screenwriting Competition must be original works by the applicant. If the script is an adaptation or based on source material to which the entrant doesn’t own the rights, permission to adapt the original work must be submitted as the first page in the screenplay PDF.

Submissions: Submissions must be made online. No mailed or emailed entries are accepted.

Multiple Categories: Entrants may submit the same entry to more than one category. Each category entered requires an entry fee for that category.

Formatting: Screenplays must be formatted according to industry standards. Pages must be numbered and typed in 12 point Courier font. All entries must be submitted in English. Include title only on title page. The author’s name should NOT appear on the title page or anywhere on the script, to preserve anonymity and fairness. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, and Celtx are suggested programs.

• Feature Scripts: 40 – 130 pages
• Short Scripts: 1 – 40 pages
• Teleplay (30 minute pilot): 1 – 35 pages
• Teleplay (60 minute pilot): 31- 65 pages

Late deadline: 15 February 2019 
Extended deadline: 5 April 2019 

For further information, please visit: 

8. Call for entries: CineLink Co-production Market 2019

Sarajevo Film Festival & CineLink Industry Days announce the call for entries for CineLink Co-production Market 2019. 

CineLink Co-production is looking for exciting new feature-length fiction projects in development and financing stages from first and second time filmmakers. Projects can be at a very early stage, but should at least have a producer, writer and a director attached when applying. It is possible to apply with a treatment, but a script will be asked for if the project is short listed by 
mid-February 2019. 

The final selection will be announced by the end of February. Selected projects will take part in the CineLink 4-day-long project development workshop in April 2019 to work with script editors, discuss their financing and production plans, devise marketing strategies and work on the general presentation of their projects with top industry professionals. CineLink's dedicated team will regularly follow up with the filmmakers from April to July 2019 to prepare their participation in the
 CineLink Industry Days event in August during the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival. 

By taking part in CineLink you will:

• Gain international visibility for your project.
• Meet potential co-producers, sales agents, funders, distributors and broadcasters.
• Get a chance to win one of the cash awards. 

The deadline for submitting your project is 1 February 2019.

For further information, please visit: 

If you have any questions, please write to:

9. Call for submissions: Tribeca Film Festival (Tribeca X Award)

As part of the 18th Tribeca Film Festival, 24 April - 5 May, the Tribeca X Award is a juried award for storytelling, supported by a brand recognizing the intersection of advertising and entertainment. 

The Tribeca X Award is open to all work funded with support of a brand in collaboration with artists or filmmakers. The finalists will be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival, and a jury will award the winning selection at the Festival.

Eligible projects include scripted and documentary work for film, TV, digital, social, and VR/AR, in both feature or short length that were funded with support of a brand in collaboration with artists or filmmakers. Submitted projects must have a storytelling element; projects that are strictly intended as commercial spots will not be considered. 

Read the complete rules and regulations: 

Dates and deadlines: 

Mid-March, 2019 - submitters notified of their status

Late deadline: 30 January 2019 (6pm ET) – Late Deadline. ($500 per project) All submissions must be received.

For further information, please visit: 

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to:

10. Call for submissions: Raindance Film Festival

Raindance Film Festival invites UK and international producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 27th edition that will take place from 25 September – 6 October 2019 in central London.

The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the best in new cinema from the UK and around the world and specializes in first-time directors and discovery.

How to Submit: 
You can submit via FilmFreeway ( and via Withoutabox (  

Categories for Submission: 

The festival accepts feature films (over 45 min), short films (under 45 min), music videos (under 6 min), VR and AR experiences (under 25 min) and web series. Projects of all lengths and genres are welcome. 

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Short
Animation Short
Music Video
Queer (Feature)
Virtual and Augmented Reality Experiences

Web Series


This year the Raindance Web Fest will be hosted online for the duration of the Raindance Film Festival on the Raindance website).

Early deadline: 26 April 2019 
Regular deadline: 17 May 2019 
Late deadline: 31 May 2019 

For further information, please visit: