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Self-Distribution for Social Impact Documentaries

Date of Event: 20-November-2020 -

Time of Event: 07:00

Location of Event: Online


Subject: The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Amman and the American Film Showcase (AFS), is pleased to invite you to participate in a master class entitled “Self-Distribution for Social Impact Documentaries”.

Time & Date: November 20th 2020. At 7:00 PM Amman Time/ 9:00 AM Los Angeles Time.

Location: The Royal Film Commission – Jordan will host the master class via an online ZOOM session.

About the Master class:

This master class comes to support Jordanian and Arab filmmakers to have a deeper understanding about the topic. It aims to have them ready to develop their projects for regional and global distribution.

Language: English. Proficiency in English is a must.

About the instructor:

Sarah Moshman

Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Netflix, Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women, “Girls Rock! Chicago” (2010) and “Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run” (2012), she set out to direct her first feature documentary “The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things” (2014) which has been screened over 700 times around the US and around the world in schools, groups, organizations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. With Indieflix as the distributor, the film has been sponsored by major brands like Nordstrom, American Girl and Microsoft to spread this message far and wide. Moshman’s second feature documentary, “Losing Sight of Shore” follows the incredible journey of four women, who rowed across the Pacific Ocean. The film was released globally in 190 countries on Netflix in May 2017. “NEVERTHELESS” is Moshman’s third feature documentary, which takes a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time’s Up to shine a light on the sexual harassment crisis.
Moshman is dedicated to telling stories that uplift, inform and inspire as well as showcase strong female role models on screen.

Prior to focusing on documentaries, she worked as a field producer on the hit American TV show “Dancing with the Stars” for 10 seasons as well as shows on NBC, MTV, Lifetime, Bravo and the Food Network. She also directs branded content for EllenTube, Tastemade, Mattel, AT&T featuring Reese Witherspoon, and more. Moshman is an inspiring public speaker, an adjunct professor in documentary film and author of a new book (Empowered Filmmaking: How To Make a Documentary On Your Own Terms), passionate about empowering the next generation of storytellers and travels the globe to do so!

Workshop Fees: Free of charge.

Who can apply: Filmmakers at an intermediate and advance levels from Jordan and the Arab World.

To apply, please fill-out the form in the below link: ODU5UTE3UTlZMkVCOVpWSVYxQktEMzdCVi4u

  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
  • Applications partially completed or received after the deadline will be disregarded.
  • Seats are limited, we advise all applicants to apply as early as possible.

Please do not apply for the workshop if you cannot fully commit to the full-time session.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 17th of November, 2020.

For further information, please contact the RFC at: 

Date of Event: 20-November-2020 -

Time of Event: 19:00

Location of Event: Online

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan is pleased to invite you to watch online

The American Family Movie

“Microplastic Madness”

On Friday 20th of November 2020 at 7 PM (Local Time)

Followed by a virtual discussion with the film directors & producers
and a Jordanian environmental activist

The link to watch the film will be shared on our social media platforms

and it can only be viewed in Jordan

Microplastic Madness

Atsuko Quirk and Debby Lee Cohen, 76 minutes, Documentary, In English, USA, 2019

Followed by an online discussion with the directors & producers Atsuko Quirk and Debby Lee Cohen and Jordanian environmental activist Safa' Al Jayoussi

“Microplastic Madness” is an optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with an inspiring take action message.

Fifth graders from Public School 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn - a community on the frontline of Climate Change - spent two years investigating plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists, community leaders, and advocates, these 10-11 year olds collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their impressive data to inform policy, testifying and rallying at City Hall. They take the deep dive into the root causes of plastic pollution, bridging the connection between plastic, climate change, and environmental justice before turning their focus back to school. There they take action to rid their cafeteria of all single-use plastic, driving forward city-wide action and a scalable, youth-led plastic-free movement.

With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists, this alarming, yet uplifting narrative conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms with a take action message to spark youth-led plastic free action in schools everywhere.

The film has been screened in 30 film festivals and it has received several awards including: Grand Jury Award at Greenpoint Film Festival, Best Documentary at Raw Science Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary Film and Audience Choice at Providence Children’s Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature Award of Youth Jury at Children’s Film Festival Seattle, Best Solution Award at Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Art Festival and Peggy Charred Award for Excellence at Boston International Kids Film Festival.

Film Trailer