Amman, 11th October 2017
The Royal Film Commission– Jordan (RFC) and Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF) signed today, for the second consecutive year, an agreement supporting one of RFC’s flagship training programs “Med Film Factory” (MFF). The program aims to provide advanced training for Arab directors and producers, from the whole Arab region, teaming up to work on their first or second feature narrative film project. This program provides filmmakers with a much-needed specialized training helping them achieve their feature narrative film project in the most proficient way possible.
Organized by the RFC since 2011, MFF gives the participating teams the necessary tools to bring their feature narrative films in development to a further level . Through an intensive workshop, directors and producers are trained by experts using practical and focused methods enabling them to utilize the experience they gain from MFF to work on their current projects, in addition to benefiting from it for their future works. During the workshop, participants will shoot a short film inspired by their narrative feature film project.
The program runs for 10 days from the 20th of October until the 29th. It is worth mentioning the program will host international and local tutors as well as experts to train the participants. Teams will take part at different film markets that correspond best to their project.
This MFF’s edition will host six teams; an increase as compared to previous years following the positive feedback received about this program.
George David, Managing Director of the RFC, values the partnership that has come to shape as a result of this program indicating that “the outcome of our partnership with Abdel Hameed Shoman led to the identification of talents in the region, able to make their voices heard through film, at a time when the Arab region is in dire need to reflect the reality of its society, its vitality and its diversity”.
Valentina Qussisiya, Chief Executive Officer of AHSF, emphasized that AHSF supports MFF for the second year in a row. And said: “We are happy to contribute to this program that provides support and training to young talents in cinema.” She added that these programs are extremely important as they help mature the cinematic projects through training.
It is worth mentioning that, until this day, the program has already contributed to the development of 29 feature narrative film projects, as well as refining the skills of about 55 producers and 55 directors from Jordan and the rest of the Arab world.
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.
Established and funded by the Arab Bank since 1978, The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF) was named after the Bank’s founder as a non-profit organization dedicated to investing in cultural and social innovation to positively impact the communities it works in through Thought Leadership, Literature & Arts, and Social Innovation.