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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | The 28th European Film Festival (EUFF) – Celebration of European Cinema in Jordan

03/10/2016

Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali, the annual EUFF, organised by the EU Delegation in Jordan and EUNIC in partnership with the Royal Film Commission (RFC), will run in Amman between the 5th and 10th October 2016.

The opening ceremony will be held on October 5th, at 6:30 pm, at the Royal Film Commission. An open air panel discussion on the "role and importance of Cinema in Europe and Jordan" will gather Princess Rym Ali, Member of the Board of Commissioners at the RFC, Mr. Andrea Fontana, EU Ambassador to Jordan, Mr. David Bertolotti, French Ambassador to Jordan, Mr. Aqel Biltaji, Mayor of Greater Amman Municipality, and Mr. Bassel Ghandour, writer and producer of “Theeb”. The screenings will kick off with the projection of French award-winning movie "Chante ton Bac d’Abord" (We Did it on a Song).

The Festival will stay in the neighbourhood and continue at Rainbow Theatre until the end, with two screenings per day (6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m). A total of 11 films will be showcased and introduced by representatives of their respective embassies. A closing musical event will take place at Nofa Creative Space in Rainbow Street on October 10th.

After Amman, the European Film Festival goes on a tour to several universities in the country: Jordan University for Science and Technology in Irbid, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University in Ma’an, the Hashemite University in Zarqa and Ajloun National University in Ajloun.

In the words of H.E. Andrea Matteo Fontana, EU Ambassador to Jordan, “the festival has been the EU’s flagship event on the cultural calendar since its inception. Each year, it brings the Jordanian and European communities together and opens up a space for intercultural exchange and dialogue. It is a thrilling opportunity for European embassies in Jordan to take the public on a cinematographic journey to discover Europe's people, landscapes, culture and traditions".

The EUFF is the longest-running foreign film festival in Jordan. Old doesn't mean lifeless. Under this year's theme "new trends in European Cinema", film lovers will be able to feel a breeze of fresh air through a fine selection of recent European productions. A good number of award-winning movies will be featured. These winds of change are also reflected in a new approach to the festival with the introduction of music performances, competitions, exhibitions, multimedia actions, talks and a dedicated interactive website (www.euffjordan.com).