OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #212 January 2021
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:
Call for funding:
DFI Grants Programme
Call for funding:
World Cinema Fund - Production Funding
submissions: Palm Springs International ShortFest
- Call for
submissions: Santa Barbara International Film Festival
applications: FeatureLab projects 2021
submissions: Micro Minute Film Festival
Two new films at
The RFC's Film Library
Call for funding: Doha Film Institute Grants Programme
of the Doha Film Institute Grants (DFI) Programme are to identify new
talent, seek out new cinematic voices and discover universally
The Institute’s approach is to champion projects that aim to
explore, expand and cultivate authentic storytelling, with a keen
interest in propelling forward the medium of cinema.
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.
1. Funding is available through the DFI's Grants Programme (the “Programme”) to international film
projects that satisfy the below listed criteria.
Development, production and post-production funding is available
for short and feature-length projects.
Funding is subject to the director’s nationality, as detailed in
the Eligibility Per Region table on the website.
For feature films, a first- or second-time director must be
attached. For the purposes of the programme, afirst- or second-time filmmaker is defined as one who is directing
their first or second feature-length (65minutes and over) narrative or documentary film.
Post-production funding is also available for feature films by
established directors from Qatar and the
2. The Institute does not apply restrictions on form or genre.
3. Short films are defined as 5 to 30 minutes in duration, while
feature films are 65+ minutes.
4. A director may submit only one project per
5. Applications for production or post-production funding for
feature-length projects must have a producer and
production company attached.
6. Projects that have received development funding in prior
sessions are only eligible to apply for postproduction funding
consideration. Projects that have received production funding in
prior sessions are not eligible
to apply for post-production funding.
7. A director who has completed a film of 30+ minutes is not
eligible to apply for funding for a short film.
8. A director applying for funding for a feature film must have
directed at least one short film.
If a project is co-directed, both directors must be first- or
second-time filmmakers and meet all eligibility criteria.
9. If a project under consideration has its world premiere prior to
the jury deliberations (stage 2), it is no longer
The deadline is January 17, 2021.
please visit: https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/financing/grants/guidelines
2. Call for funding: World Cinema Fund - Production Funding
Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation
with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German
producers, the World Cinema Fund 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.
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: The
Middle East, Latin
America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa,
Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh,
Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.
Maximum funding: 60,000
Euros per project.
The funding amount cannot exceed 50% of the total production costs.
The total production costs of the supported projects should lie
between 200,000 Euros and 1,400,000 Euros.
The funding must be spent on the production of the film in the
1. A completed online-application form:
a. Financing information:
Detailed budget in Euro and in local currency (if available).
b. Contracts and agreements
All financing agreements and/or letters of intent from financing
partners, which are already confirmed.
Signed existing co-production / co-operation agreement(s) or deal
Clearance of all rights: The rights clearance is a document or a
contract, which transfers the rights from the scriptwriter to the
producer and officially entitles the producer to use the script for
a film project. It is not necessary to attach it if the writer and
the producer are the same person.
c. A visual dossier with mood pictures, casting, locations, etc.
The deadline is February 1, 2021
For more information, please visit:
3. Call for submissions: Palm Springs International ShortFest
Springs International ShortFest is one of the largest showcases of
short-form cinema. The seven-day competitive
festival is Academy Award, BAFTA and Goya-qualifying, screening
annually more than 330 shorts from approximately 60 countries.
ShortFest accepts submissions up to 40 minutes in duration, in the
form of both fiction and non-fiction shorts. Categories include
animation, documentary, and live action. This year's festival will
be organized from June 22 until 28,2021.
The ShortFest Official Selection comprises the 330+ shorts curated
thematically into programs of approximately 90 minutes in duration,
which aim to bring together a diverse cross-section of contemporary
cinema. Distinct works from filmmakers of various international
backgrounds come into conversation with one another in unexpected
and exciting ways.
Completed entry on FilmFreeway.
Digital screener – Vimeo link (preferred) or
Submissions must be uploaded and submitted no later than the
deadline date to qualify for the respective submission fees.
Submission fee paid.
Shorts must have been completed in 2019, 2020 or 2021.
Shorts must be no more than exactly 40 minutes in length, credits
If selected, shorts must be available for projection in DCP.
All non-English-language shorts must have English subtitles.
deadline is February 19, 2021
information, please visit:
Call for submissions: Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven-day
event held in the seaside city of Santa Barbara, California. The
festival will be held from March 31 until April, 2021.
has devoted sections for documentaries that address social justice
issues, nature and oceanography, food, and the performing arts. In
addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes and
galas, SBIFF also offers seminars with industry
professionals including directors, writers, producers and women in
the business panels, as well as Q&A sessions with a diverse
selection of filmmakers.
Rules & Terms:
Entry fee is non-refundable.
Priorities are for US and World Premieres.
Films that have been publicly broadcast in the United States and/or
films that are publicly streaming online prior to the 2021 film
festival are not eligible.
Finished projects must be completed no earlier than November 2019 to
be eligible for the 2021 film festival.
No music videos or commercials.
More than one entry may be submitted.
If your feature film is selected, you will be asked to provide:
digital stills from the film; digital press materials; and three
27x40 printed poster (no other poster size will be allowed).
Films produced in languages other than English must have legible
The deadline is February 5, 2021
For more information on these and other SBIFF programs at
5. Call for applications:
FeatureLab projects 2021
FeatureLab focuses on film projects: fiction, creative
documentaries, experimental, animation and any possible kind cinema
form at an advanced stage of development.
FeatureLab projects will have the chance to compete for the
Torino Film Lab (TFL)
Production Awards (including a number of international
co-productions, provided that they fulfill conditions of
eligibility), and collateral prizes supporting the production
FeatureLab focuses on artistic and creative aspects as well as on
production and promotion strategies in the development of 1st and
2nd feature films. It is aimed at teams of director and producers
(together with a scriptwriter, if on board), working on projects
that are already at an advanced stage. The programme takes place
over a period of six months.
Who can apply?
FeatureLab is dedicated to creative teams of a director and a producer
(together with a scriptwriter, if on board) from all over the world,
developing a 1st or 2nd feature film project.
Conditions of eligibility:
The project must be the director’s 1st or 2nd feature film.
At least a first draft of the script (or an analogue document,
according to the type of project) must be ready when applying.
Shooting must not begin earlier than December 1, 2021.
Two workshops in June and September, plus a final session and
participation in the TFL Meeting Event in November 2021.
The deadline is January 18, 2021
For more information please visit:
Call for submissions: Micro Minute Film Festival
The Micro Minute Film Festival (MMFF) was created to offer filmmakers the
opportunity to showcase their micro minute films with the audience
and support of fellow filmmakers. Networking and potential for
future collaboration is pivotal to the festival's goals.
The films are concluded with a Q&A, so filmmakers can take pride in
their work and meet like-minded filmmakers.
competition categories are open to the United States and
in the minute category and trailer category can not exceed 1
minute, or 60 seconds, including opening and closing credits.
in the 2-minute category cannot exceed two minutes, or 120
seconds, including opening and closing credits.
Screenplays should be 1 page or equivalent to 1-minute of film
if they were shot.
Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles.
Entries must have been completed in the past two years.
decisions made by the festival are final and at their
The deadline is February 24, 2021.
For more information, please visit:
7. Two new films at The RFC's Film Library
New films are available
to watch or borrow from the Film Library of The Royal Film
Commission - Jordan.
The Iranian narrative film “3 Faces” by Jafar Panahi .
Trailer of the film:
2- The Egyptian narrative film “In The Last Days of the City”
by Tamer El Said
Trailer of the film:
Film Library opens from 9:00 Am – 6:00 PM during week days, and on Saturday
1:00 PM – 6:00PM.
For more information please send an email to:
or by phone: 064613835 ex. 111