Celebrating the Region’s Unsung Talents
Launch of Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film in 2018
Cannes, France – 22/5/2017
The first edition of Amman International Film Festival – Awal
Film, due to take place in 2018, was announced today during the 70th Cannes
Film Festival. This new festival offers a different and innovative concept in
the Arab World. It is organized by the Royal Film Commission – Jordan and MAD
Solutions, in collaboration with the Arab Cinema Center.
The festival’s main competitions will be dedicated to debut Arab
films, not only in the field of directing, but also in six other cinematic
professions: writing, cinematography, editing, music, set design and acting.
The competitions will include narratives and documentaries, both long and
short. Debut films from around the world will be screened out of competition.
Furthermore, the festival will comprise of a section that hosts leading
filmmakers showcasing their first film in addition to their latest. Other
sections and activities will be announced at a later stage, including in-kind
HRH Princess Rym Ali, President of Amman International Film
Festival – Awal Film, introduced the festival saying: “We are launching today
this unique festival that has a different edge, by focusing on and encouraging
promising talents. It is in line with what we strive at: developing and
promoting an Arab cinema that reflects the creativity of the region and tackles
the issues that are prevalent today.” She also added: “We hope that this
festival will soon be known as a major platform, a home for new talents in the
The Film and Television Careers Connection (FTCC), which is an
annual event held in Amman that connects professionals in the audiovisual
industry, will be expanded in 2018 to coincide with and complete the festival.
This will pave the way for talents in the various trades associated to the
industry to be celebrated. Princess Rym Ali said: “The aim is to
encourage all those who work behind the scenes and give them greater
recognition in the region.”
The 1st Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film is
scheduled to take place from Wednesday 20th June until Monday 25th June 2018.
more information, please call: Marian Nakho, tel: 06-4642266/ Ext. 23
About The Royal Film
Commission – Jordan:
The Royal Film Commission –
Jordan (RFC) 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.