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Frequently Asked Questions “FAQ” about JFF

  • When can I apply to The Jordan Film Fund?
    We will announce the timeline of the sixth JFF’s cycle early March 2021.
  • When & how will the jury’s decision be announced?
    For this cycle, all applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision through an official email, by mid- August 2020.

  • Who can apply?
    • Applicants should be 18 years or above.
    • A Jordanian national or an Arab residing in Jordan for five years minimum can apply.
    • A Jordanian national or an Arab national, who has been residing in Jordan for at least five years, should occupy one or more of these roles to be eligible to apply: producer, director or writer.
    • In the short film category, Jordanian nationals or Arab national, who has been residing in Jordan for at least five years are eligible to apply. 
    • JFF supports feature-length narratives and documentaries (60 minutes and above) at development, production and post-production stages; also, the production of shorts (narrative, documentary and animated) films (5 to 25 minutes); it also supports the development of TV series.
    • At least 50% of all dialogue, narration, voiceover and any form of communication within the project must be in Arabic.
    • At least 50% of the production must be in Jordan.
Please refer to JFF guidelines & regulations for complete information on eligibility and non-eligibility.  

  • What is the maximum grant amount to request from JFF?
    Please check the amounts per category in the below table:
    Category Min. Amount (JD) Max. Amount (JD) Fixed Amount (JD)
    Development of Feature-Length Narrative and Documentary     5,000
    Development of TV Series 5,000 7,000  
    Production of Feature-Length Narrative 10,000 50,000  
    Production of Feature-Length Documentary 10,000 25,000  
    Post-Production of Feature-Length Narrative and Documentary 10,000 25,000  
    Production of Shorts and Animation (Narrative & Documentary) 5,000 10,000  

  • How will the granted projects be selected?
    Projects will be selected through an independent jury of established film and TV professionals, who 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 an important information/update with the jury after the submission deadline?
    Yes. In case there are essential developments related to the project such as materializing financial support or co-production among others at least a month before the jury decision. 
  • Could applicants ask for the jury notes after announcing the results?
    Applicants can require jury notes within five working days after receiving the official response.
  • Is industry experience required for applicants?
    Applicants should have industry experience only when applying for production and post- production of feature-length films (narrative & documentary).
  • 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.  
  • 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 both languages Arabic and/or English. 
  • What is meant by the “shooting format” within the application form?
    It means how the project will be filmed (e.g. 4K). For animated projects, it means which application will be used (e.g. Autodesk Maya). 
  • Does JFF Point System apply for the short film category?
    No. It applies only for the production and post- production of feature-length films (narrative & documentary).
  • What is the Production Agreement required within the supporting materials checklist?
    It is an agreement between the rights holder: director, writer or producer and the producer stating the rights and obligations of both or all parties. It must be attached when applying to production and post-production categories.
  • 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.
  • In short film category, should all main applicants be Jordanian nationals or Arab nationals, who have been residing in Jordan for at least five years?
    Yes. Producer, director and writer should be Jordanian nationals or Arab nationals, who have been residing in Jordan for at least five years. 
  • If my short film was granted, is there a time-frame to complete its production?
    Short films should go into production within six months from the date of signing the grant agreement.
  • In production of short animated films, could producer and director be the same person?
    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 commence production before the jury decision?
    The JFF does not cover retroactive expenses. 
  • What is the Financial Plan within the required supporting materials?
    It is a plan which clarifies the financial situation for the project according to the total budget and shows 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.