Diversity of locations: the diversity of filming locations in Jordan is particularly attractive, as they include over ten different types of deserts, several beaches, forests and historical sites. Locations in Jordan can be used to film scenes that are set in almost any part of the Middle-East as well as other parts of the world. Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Afghanistan, Spain and New Mexico can all be artistically recreated in Jordan.
Low cost: the relatively low cost of cast, crew and production services are also a plus for any foreign production seeking Jordan’s locations. Furthermore, the Jordanian government has recently passed a law exempting foreign and local productions from sales taxes, thus reducing the costs of production in the country.
Free public locations: Public locations - historical sites, public squares and urban neighborhoods – are usually free of charge.
Efficient infrastructure: telecommunications, hotels, transportation, hospitals, etc. run very well in Jordan and are at affordable prices.
Stable political and social environment: Jordan continues to be a safe country for foreign productions, while the region is unfortunately in turmoil.
Royal and Governmental support: there is a genuine official interest in supporting the film industry and facilitating its work and development. Procedures are easy and there is no red tape.
Over a hundred feature-length films – local and foreign, narratives and documentaries - have been shot in Jordan. Jordan has also hosted hundreds of T.V. series productions, video clips, and commercials.
The first Jordanian films date back to the second half of last century. Although these films had not received the international recognition they deserved, they remain important milestones in the history of the local industry. These films include: “Struggle in Jerash” in 1957, “Watani Habibi” in 1962, “Storm on Petra” in 1965 and “The Snake” in 1971.