|About the sessions: For the thirteenth consecutive year, the Royal Film Commission - Jordan is pleased to invite you to take part in the upcoming Digital Filmmaking Workshop. This year, the main focus will be on developing the filmmakers’ expertise and upgrade their know-how to a professional level.|
Participants will learn new methods in scriptwriting, producing and directing under the supervision and with the support of well-experienced trainers. Also, participants will have the chance to produce their own short film, giving them the opportunity to participate in regional and international film festivals.
Language of the workshop: Arabic and English.
About the instructor:
Writer, director and producer Mohamed Al-Daradji was born in Baghdad. Al-Daradji studied Film and Television Production at the Media Academy in Hilversum, before traveling to the UK to complete two Masters Degrees in Cinematography and Directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds.
In 2003, Al-Daradji made his first feature film ‘Ahlaam’, an insight into the chaos and confusion of a war-torn Iraq. ‘Ahlaam’ was screened at more than 125 international film festivals, received over 23 awards, and represented Iraq at the Oscar Awards and Golden Globe Consideration in 2007.
Al-Daradji carried on to shoot his 2nd feature film; ‘Son of Babylon’ (2010), that went on to screen at Sundance and Berlin, receiving the Amnesty and Peace Prize, followed by a British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), Netpac and 30 more awards globally. It was Iraq’s official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards. In 2010, he received the award of Variety’s Middle Eastern Filmmaker of the year when his documentary “In My Mother’s Arms” that premiered at Toronto IFF and won the Asia Pacific Screen Academy Award for best Documentary.
In 2013, he began working on his 5th feature film “In The Sands of Babylon”, a film that tells, for the first time, the horrors of the forgotten 1991 Iraq Uprising. The film launched at Abu Dhabi IFF and won Best film from the Arab World.
Alongside his work as a filmmaker, Al-Daradji established the Iraqi Independent Film Center in order to cultivate an independent spirit and approach for feature films and shorts for both experienced and emerging filmmakers alike. Through the center, he has produced numerous workshops for young filmmakers, so far 12 shorts have been produced – screening in Berlin IFF and London IFF.
Today, Al-Daradji is in post-production with his latest film ‘The Journey’ about a female suicide bomber whilst developing his new feature film ‘Birds of Paradise’.
- 2016 Writer/Producer/Director “ The Journey” (Post Production)
• 2012-2015 Producer 12 x 35mm Short Films, through Human Film’s 35mm Baghdad Workshop, “Gift of My Father” (6 min) Best Short Film – Generation Berlinale 2015, “Kingdom of Garbage” (7min) Tribeca 2015. “Happy Birthday” (10 mins) Berlin IFF 2014, ‘Nesma’s Bird’s
(9 mins) London BFI 2014
• 2013 Writer/Director/Editor: “In The Sands of Babylon” (90mins) 35mm/HD
Feature Film ‘Best Arab Film’ Abu Dhabi IFF 2013, Human Film & Iraq Al-Rafidain
• 2012 Writer/Director/Editor “In My Mother’s Arms” (81 mins)
Officially selected Toronto IFF documentary, co-produced with Al Jazeera English
• 2010 Writer/Director/Editor “Son of Babylon” 35mm feature film (90mins) 7 country
Co-production – won Peace Prize & Amnesty Award Berlinale IFF 2010 & The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
• 2010 Writer/Director/Editor “Iraq, War, Love, God & Madness”
(75 Mins) Documentary
• 2005 Writer/Director “Ahlaam”, 35mm award winning feature film, Oscar & Golden Globe Consideration – Iraq
Fees: 75 JD
This workshop is aimed at : beginner filmmakers, filmmaking students and anyone interested in Digital Filmmaking/Scriptwriting/Directing/Producing/Cinematography/Sound Design/Editing.
To apply please submit an updated resume in addition to your short film idea by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and type the following title under the subject: “Digital Filmmaking Workshop”.
Deadline for submissions: Thursday, 29th June at 1:00 PM .
Please do not apply for the workshop if you cannot fully commit to these full-time training sessions for 3 weeks. Also note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
For further information, please contact the RFC: 06 4613835 ext. 103 or 109