Eligible core team members are the producer, writer and director considering the following:
- Should be 18 years or above.
- Jordanian or Arab national, who has been residing in Jordan for at least five years. Please note:
- For the production and post-production phases for feature–length narratives and documentaries: at least one of the three key positions must be eligible
- For the development phase of the feature-length narrative and TV series categories: the writer must be eligible.
- For the development phase of the feature-length documentary: the director must be eligible.
- For the production phase of shorts (including animation): The three key positions (director, producer and writer) must be eligible.
- What is the maximum grant amount to be funded by JFF?
Following is a table with the funding amounts per category/phase:
|Category / Phase||Min. Amount (JOD)||Max. Amount (JOD)||Fixed Amount (JOD)|
|Development of Feature Narrative and Documentary|| || ||5,000|
|Development of TV Series||5,000||7,000|| |
|Production of Feature Narrative||10,000||50,000|| |
|Production of Feature Documentary ||10,000||25,000|| |
|Post-Production of Feature Narrative and Documentary||10,000||25,000|| |
|Production of Short (Narrative, Animation & Documentary)||5,000||10,000|| |
- What is JFF’s selection criteria?
An independent jury of established film and TV professionals will evaluate eligible applications. Their assessment will consider projects’ originality, creative merit, feasibility, as well as the filmmakers’ credentials and abilities.
- Is it possible to share important information/updates with the jury after the submission deadline?
Yes. In case there are essential developments related to the project such as receiving financial support or signing a co-production agreement or joining a development program, etc.
- Could applicants ask for the jury notes after announcing the results?
Applicants may require justification to the jury’s decision within five working days after receiving the JFF official response.
- Is industry experience required for applicants?
- Industry experience is required from the director and producer, when applying for the production and post-production phases of feature-length films (narrative or documentary).
- Industry experience is not required when applying for the production phase of short films.
- Should the language of the film be Arabic?
At least 50% of all dialogue, narration, voiceover and any form of communication within the project must be in Arabic.
- Should the shooting/production location be in Jordan?
Required shooting percentage in Jordan per category as follows:
- Production of feature-length narrative: 50%
- Production of short and animated films: 100%
- In the Production of feature-length documentary category, the production could take place outside Jordan if the director is a Jordanian national, and the topic is directly related to Jordan.
- Can I apply for the fund with English script/treatment while the language of the film is Arabic?
Yes. The script/ treatment can be submitted in either Arabic or English.
- Does the JFF Point System apply to the short film category?
No. It applies only for the production and post- production of feature-length films (narrative & documentary).
- What does the “Production Agreement” mean, mentioned in the supporting materials checklist?
A production agreement is a legal contract between the rights holder/s (writer, writer/director) and a producer to execute the production of a film, television program, commercial, or any media production. It regulates the relationship in between the parties, clarifies the rights and obligations further to overseeing the production of the project. The agreement’s components could include the development of the project, its production, post-production, exhibition and distribution.
- Is it obligatory to have a production company attached to the project when applying for production or postproduction categories?
No. The producer can be either an individual or a production company.
- How can I register the intellectual property of my project: script/ treatment?
Scripts can be registered at the Department of National Library (دائرة المكتبة الوطنية) – Amman/ Jordan Tel: +962-6-5662845 or the Writers Guild of America. Treatments and TV series could be registered online via the Writers Guild of America.
- What is the TV bible mentioned in the supporting material checklist?
The TV bible is the treatment or pitch document of the TV series. It usually includes summary pitch, synopsis, story-world, timeframe, character profiles, genre and tone, significance of the story and the team as well as visuals.
- Who will sign the grant agreement with the RFC?
The eligible producer is the only person allowed to enter into an agreement with the RFC except for the development phase where the writer (or director in documentaries) can sign.
- Could the producer and the director be the same person when applying for production and post-production phases?
No. The producer and the director must be two different individuals; but duality is allowed in the case of the writer/producer or writer/director.
- Is it possible to start production before the jury’s decision?
Principal photography should commence post the jury decision; the JFF does not cover retroactive expenses.
- What is the Financial Plan mentioned in the supporting material checklist?
It is a plan that states the financial status of the project including the current and proposed sources of funding.
- Is it allowed to change cast & crew after submission?
Main team members: producer, director and writer are not allowed to change. If necessary, to change other members, please notify JFF team prior to the jury meeting.
- When & how will the jury’s decision be announced?
The jury decision will be announced early July 2021 and all applicants will be informed through an official email.