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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #196 September 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 submissions: Amman International Film Festival
  2. Call for submissions: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film
  3. Call for submissions: Dubai International Content Market 2019
  4. Call for Grant: IDFA Bertha Fund
  5. Call for submissions: Tribeca Film Festival
  6. Call for submissions: The London Film Awards
  7. Call for submissions: Santorini Film Festival - Indie Films Under the Stars
  8. Call for submissions: The Palm Springs International Film Festival
  9. Call for submissions: Stockholm International Film Festival
  10. Call for submissions: Doha Youth Innovation Award Event Theme: Short Films “The Nation By its Youth”

1. Call for submissions: Amman International Film Festival

Submit your film to Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film!  

The inaugural edition of Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) will take place 13 – 18 April 2020 . It is organized under the umbrella of the Royal Film Commission. This is the first international film festival of its kind in Jordan. It will showcase Arab and international movies, with a focus on debut films as well as on the recognition of various talents involved in the making of a film. Submissions are open now!

All Arab and international films have to be produced in 2019-2020.

A - Competitive Arab section

This section is open to Arab filmmakers, with films produced in 2019-2020, and includes the following categories:

1)      Feature-length narrative film

The film doesn’t have to be the debut film for the director. Yet,  AIFF will only award first works in the following categories:

·         Best First Time Director

·         Best First Time Director of Photography

·         Best First Time Screenwriter

·         Best First Time Editor

·         Best First Time Lead Actor

·         Best First Time Lead Actress

Applicants should clearly indicate on the submission form which category they’re applying for (multiple categories per film are admitted).

2)      Feature-length documentary film

The first feature-length documentary by the director will be admitted in this section. Minimum 52 minutes.

Best feature-length documentary will go to the director.

3)      Short film

Only films (maximum 30 minutes) by first-time directors are eligible. This includes: narrative, experimental and animation short films. Short documentaries are not eligible.

·         Best Short Film will go to the director.

An international jury, composed of film professionals, will grant the “Black Iris Award” to the winning films or works in each of the a/m categories.

B- International Section

Non-Arab Debut Film

This section is open to non-Arab films – all genres – from all countries produced in 2019-2020. Films compete for the Audience Award.

·         The film must be the first feature-length work by the director. This includes all genres: narrative, documentary, experimental or animation.


AIFF reserves the right to decide whether an entry is indeed eligible or not.

Submissions close on 1st February 2020

In addition to the above, a non-competitive section – “First & Last Film” - will showcase the work of one Arab helmet filmmaker and one international renowned filmmaker; featuring their debut film and their last production.

The inaugural edition of Amman International Film Festival will also be the setting of the 1st edition of its industry arm, the Amman Film Industry Days (AFID), taking place from Wednesday April 15th to Friday April 17th, 2020. Amman Film Industry Days will host master classes with renowned directors and film-stars in addition to holding seminars and discussions with producers. Amman Film Industry Days will provide a Pitching Platform for projects in development and/or in post-production by Jordanian and resident Arab filmmakers.

For more about AIFF:

For more information about the rules and regulations:

To submit your film to the Arab competition:

To submit your non-Arab debut film:


2. Call for submissions: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

Call for Entries

The Stuttgart International Film Festival (ITFS) is open for submissions. Find here details on film submission to the ITFS at a glance – including submission deadlines, registration forms and regulations

Current submission deadlines: December 1st, 2019

The festival’s sections include:

• International Competition (International short film competition)
• Young Animation (International student film competition)
• Tricks for Kids (International competition for short films)
• AniMovie (International feature-length film competition)


- Any animated film including computer generated animation and combinations of live-action and animation completed after October 1st, 2018 may participate.
- The selection will be made on completed films only.
- Any borderline questions that may arise shall be decided by the festival management.
- For the preselection, it is preferable to receive a digital film file.
- In principle, if not with English dialogues, films must be subtitled in English.
- No entry fee will be charged.
- There is no provision for payment of a rental fee for films that are selected.
- For participation in the International Competition, the student film competition Young Animation and the children’s film competition Tricks for Kids are admitted productions up to a running length of 35 minutes.
- For participation in the student film competition Young Animation are admitted films produced by students or graduates of film schools, art colleges or other training institutions for animated film.
- It is not possible to directly submit student films for the International Competition. Animated short films and series (one episode per series only) for children can be submitted to the children’s film competition Tricks for Kids.
- It is a submission requirement for series that a submitted episode has a story or partial story of a narratively self-contained nature.
- For participation in the feature-length film competition AniMovie are admitted productions from a running length of 60 minutes up.
- The films must not have been released commercially in Germany prior to the Festival.


- To submit your film, please use online entry form at

- Entry forms are required to be fully completed and have to include a brief synopsis of the film, a list of cast and credits, a filmography of the director, a dialogue list with time codes in original language and English, a list of subtitles in English, film stills (300 dpi, jpg), available press material and a film upload.

- Closing date for film submissions: December 1st, 2019 (date of receipt).


All film applicants having submitted a film for preselection shall be advised by e-mail by March 1st, 2020 at the latest, whether their entry has been included in the festival programme.

For more information, please visit


3. Call for submissions: Dubai International Content Market 2019

  • Are you a content producer? A distribution company? Content Rights Owner in Jordan?
  • Dubai International Content Market offers you a competitive package to be part of the only regional content marketplace;
  • The event will take place on the 9th & 10th of December 2019 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Conference Centre
  • It will welcome 1000+ participants from 50+ countries in a 2-day event focused on networking, buying, selling and co-producing content;
  • Jordan based companies interested in attending DICM will be part of the Focus on Jordan Hub, which features a dedicated exhibiting area, meeting assistance, complimentary accommodation, as well as daily lunch and coffee breaks;
  • Enjoy the early bird offer, discounted at JOD1,070, be part of the Jordanian Delegation and receive the below:
    • ONE Meeting Table with company signage
    • TWO Exhibitor Market Badges
    • ONE single room for 3-nights at a 4-star hotel in Dubai (8-9-10 December 2019) with breakfast included;
    • Meeting support with potential clients before, during and after the event;
    • Up to 5 titles included in DICM’s Content Hub page;
    • Visa support and discounted flights;
    • Onsite support and translations in English, French and Arabic
    • Access to all conference sessions, networking and social activities;

For more information, please contact DICM Organizers on | | | +971 4 520 8902 | +971 52 308 2428 |

4. Call for Grant: IDFA Bertha Fund

Applications to the IDFA Bertha Fund can be made in a variety of different funding categories. In all categories, the Fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

IBF Classic offers development and production support to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe. IBF Europe aims to stimulate the collaboration between independent European producers and producers from the above regions.

Financial support for production and post-production allows filmmakers to actual realize their projects. The maximum contribution for production & post-production is €17,500.

These contributions can be spent on all forms of production and post-production, from filming and editing to making the documentaries suitable for screening in cinemas, on television and at international festivals.

Applications have to be submitted by a director or producer from a country on the IBF Classic Country List and the contribution must be spent in a country on this list as well.

Next deadlines: December 10th, 2019 & June 10th, 2020.

For more information, please visit:

5. Call for submissions: Tribeca Film Festival

A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through panels, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance.


Feature films invited to participate in the TFF20 will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.



- Feature-length (40 minutes or longer) narrative and documentary films that have not screened publicly in the New York region prior to TFF20.
- Submitted films cannot have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1st, 2019.



• August 19th, 2019 (10am ET) – Submissions open
• September 25th, 2019 (6pm ET) – Early Deadline ($65 per film)
• October 30th, 2019 (6pm ET) – Official Deadline ($85 per film)
• December 2nd, 2019 (6pm ET) – Late Entry Deadline ($110 per film) *available only to those Features (narrative and documentary) completed after the Official Entry deadline and which have not been screened publicly or otherwise distributed anywhere at the time of submission. All feature film submissions must be received by this deadline.
• Mid-March, 2020 - submitters notified of their status

For more information, please visit:

6. Call for submissions: The London Film Awards

The London Film Awards celebrates and awards the work of independent film's best and brightest contemporary filmmakers and screenwriters spanning the globe. The London Film Awards places a high degree of emphasis on exclusivity, recognizing and awarding only the most finely produced films and screenplays with honors.

Honoring films and screenplays from over 70 countries around the world, the London Film Awards features over 20 distinct competition categories including: Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Student Films, Animation, Television Advertisements, Music Videos, and a screenwriting competition. To preserve the prestige and exclusivity of the awards, only a maximum of one project per competition category is honored with the prestigious Gold Lion Award.


Early Deadline March 31st, 2019
Regular Deadline June 30th, 2019
Late Deadline September 30th, 2019
Extended Deadline November 15th, 2019

Entry Fees

Early Deadline £15 or $30 USD
Regular Deadline £20 or $35 USD
Late Deadline £25 or $40 USD
Extended Deadline £30 or $45 USD
Announcement Date

Winners of the 2019 London Film Awards will be announced December 15th, 2019.

Competition Categories

• Narrative Feature
• Narrative Short (under 40 minutes)
• Documentary Feature
• Documentary Short (under 40 minutes)
• Animated Film
• Experimental Film
• Film Directing
• First-Time Director
• Student Film
• Web Video
• Television Commercial
• Music Video
• Television Pilot
• British Film
• Screenplay: Feature Screenplay
• Screenplay: Short Screenplay
• Screenplay: Stage Plays
• Screenplay: First-Time Screenwriter
• Screenplay: Television Pilot
• Acting / Performance: Actor
• Acting / Performance: Actress
• Acting / Performance: Supporting Actor
• Acting / Performance: Supporting Actress

For more information about rules and regulations, please visit:

7. Call for submissions: Santorini Film Festival - Indie Films Under the Stars

Santorini Film Festival, the first international independent film festival on the island is open to any indie filmmaker, regardless of budget, style or genre.

Rules & Terms:

1. All films must be screened in MP4 or .Mov format.
2. All films not in English must have English subtitles.
3. Films that are produced before 2015 are not accepted.
4. Filmmakers grant the festival the right to publish their trailer, film poster on website and Facebook page.
5. By sending your film you confirm that there are no copyright infringements on your behalf, and the festival takes no responsibility in this matter.
6. Only online screeners are accpeted.
7. Feature-films should be longer than 45 minutes in length, and short films must be less than 45 minutes in length.

Deadlines and Event Date:

• April 1st, 2020: Final Deadline
• April 20th, 2020: Notification Date
• June 17th, 2020: Event Date

For more information, please visit:

8. Call for submissions: The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival presents world cinema in the North American continent.

The festival brings together industry reps and executives from Los Angeles, film aficionados from across the country and filmmakers from around the world. The festival also features filmmaker tributes, special presentations, nightly celebrations and special events and an annual star-studded Awards Gala that honors the best and brightest performances of the past year.

Rules & Terms


1. Submitted films must be ≥70 minutes for either narrative features or documentary features. No short films will be accepted.
2. A digital screener is required (Vimeo preferred).
3. The film must have been completed in 2019 (Exceptions are made for Academy Award Foreign Language Oscar submissions). Films completed in 2018 will only be considered if they premiered in 2019; films premiering prior to 2019 will not be considered.
4. The film must not have been screened previously in the Coachella Valley (exceptions are made on a case by case basis and at the discretion of the Festival).
5. The film must not have been broadcast or available on streaming services in the U.S. prior to January 13, 2020 (exceptions are made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Festival).
6. If you submit a work-in-progress, please inform the Festival what elements of your film are missing by writing with “TECH NOTES ON:” plus your film’s title in the subject line.
7. More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must include a separate entry form and submission fee. Films submitted without proper payment will not be considered. Entry fees are non-refundable.

For more information, please visit:

9. Call for submissions: Stockholm International Film Festival

During the 29th Stockholm International Film Festival over 150 films from 60 countries were presented to more than 150,000 visitors and over 1000 industry officials and accredited journalists.

Following the decision of an official festival jury of film critics, filmmakers, actors and producers, the Stockholm International Film Festival Awards will be presented to competing feature films in the following categories: Best Film (Bronze Horse), Best Documentary (Bronze Horse), Best Director (Aluminium Horse), Best Screenplay (Aluminium Horse), Best Cinematography (Aluminium Horse), Best Actor (Aluminium Horse), Best Actress (Aluminium Horse), Best First Feature Film. (Aluminium Horse), Best Short Film (Aluminium Horse). The winner of the Impact award receives 1 million SEK and an award designed by Ai Wei Wei.

Rules & Terms


- The festival only accepts submissions through FilmFreeway.
- Only digital submissions are accepted (i.e. private Vimeo link or similar online video service).
- For your film to be considered by the programing staff the correct fee must be paid in full.
- Please note that to be selected for the Stockholm Impact competition, the Festival requires at least European premiere. For other sections, minimum requirement is Swedish premiere.
- 1 Km Film is only open for Swedish short films.

For more information, please visit:
10. Call for submissions: Doha Youth Innovation Award Event Theme: Short Films “The Nation By its Youth”

The Doha Youth Innovation Award Event aims to develop the spirit of innovation and creativity among young people in various scientific, literary and artistic fields. The event provides an appropriate environment for creative youth to highlight innovative efforts and unleash creative skills.


Program Details:
During this competition, the Doha Youth Innovation Award will be distributed following the Short Films Theme.


The Award and the deadline for the submission of works would be announced according to the specified schedule and no contributions would be accepted after that deadline. The name of the winners in each field would be announced during the closing ceremony of Doha, Capital of Islamic Youth events on January 17, 2020.

A- General conditions

Participants must be from 18 to 30 years old for both genders.
Participation is allowed to young people of OIC Member States or youth representatives of non-OIC Member States.
The participant must adhere to the event’s regulations and procedures as stated by the organizing committee.

B- Registration and Participation Mechanism:

The participation form shall be sent before the specified deadline for the registration for the event.
Curriculum Vitae and required information should be attached through the following link on the website of Doha, Capital of Islamic Youth:

The selected winners will receive an invitation to participate in the closing ceremony of Doha, Capital Islamic Youth 2020 via their emails as indicated in the registration form.
Technical Criteria for Participation in the Short Films Theme:

The participation would be open from June 16 to October 1, 2019, through registration and following up the participation steps on the website. This is an essential step for those wishing to participate.
Only one film is allowed per participant
The length of the film should be between 1 and 5 minutes.
The film may be presented in any language, but must include translation in both Arabic and English (if your film is presented in either Arabic or English, you must include a translation for either language only)
You must obtain written permission from each person shown in your film, and the written consent of the owner of any site you use in your film.
Avoid filming brand names in your movie.
Your film should not be uploaded online, on social media or other public platforms before and after it is sent to us.

Your film should not have participated in any previous film festivals or contests.
The jury shall be allowed to decide to exclude any of the submitted films if they do not meet the specified rules.
Decisions of works selection and arbitration committees are final and may not be objected or challenged.
The sent film file shall bear the person’s first and last name (in English).
The Ministry of Culture and Sports and its assistants are entitled to use the winning films while maintaining the intellectual property of the work’s owner.
The films are to be uploaded to the event’s link, and no other means of sending the films would be accepted:

Jury committee will be formed to choose the best 5 films to be screened during the closing ceremony of Doha, Capital of Islamic Youth events on January 17, 2020. Only 3 films will be awarded:
1st Prize: 30,000 QAR
2nd Prize: 25,000 QAR

3rd Prize: 20,000 QAR

For more information on the application deadline please visit:


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