Amman, 29 October 2017 – Six producers and six directors from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Tunisia conclude today an innovative film training program at the Royal Film Commission in Amman. The training has started on the 20th of October and is supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF).
The teams were selected to participate at the Med Film Factory’s (MFF)’s 5th cycle - an advanced training program for filmmakers from the Arab World, initiated by The Royal Film Commission - Jordan in partnership with Sud Ecriture - Tunisia and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media - Ireland. The directors and the producers of those teams benefitted from MFF’s two workshops: The Producers’ Coaching Program and the Directors’ Workshop, which were combined this year into one intensive workshop to allow for an integrated learning approach.
For the first five days of Med Film Factory, producers and directors worked with national and international film and production experts on techniques of producing, pitching, distributing and marketing their film projects. Team members made use of the mutual training sessions. On the sixth and seventh days of the program, they got a taste of the real life production process. They were mentored by international directors and film experts on and off set, as they went into production to shoot and edit one scene from their feature length projects. Skilled local cast and crew contributed also to the training, which enhanced the quality of the participants’ experiences.
Depending on where each project is, Med Film Factory will help find opportunities to develop or to gain exposure. Filmmakers working on well-developed MFF projects will therefore get the chance to network with significant names in the industry and pitch their works to parties that would assist them in realizing their feature length projects.
Dora Bouchoucha, MFF Pedagogical Committee Member, indicated that “there is no quality film without development. MFF was, and still is, a remarkable platform for enabling films like “Full Moon Night” (directed by Fares Naanaa & produced by Sarra Ben Hassen from Tunisia) and “Until the End of Time” (directed by Yasmine Chouikh & produced by Karima Chouikh from Algeria), which participated at previous MFF’s sessions and have made their way to the big screen.”
Meryam Joobeur, Director of “Roman Ruins” - one of MFF’s participating teams for this year – described her experience in the program thus far as both beautiful and very challenging “because you are stripped down of who you are as a filmmaker and in effect who you are as a person. I have come to realize that if you are open, then all the marginal noise will disappear to reveal the heart of your story.”
Med Film Factory’s Pedagogical committee comprised of Dora Bouchoucha (Tunisia), Lina Chaaban (Tunisia) and Rod Stoneman (UK).
Tutors and experts for this workshop included: Nelleke Driessen (Netherlands), Marianne Dumoulin (France), Andrew Meehan (Ireland), Edoardo Fraccia (Italy), Isabela Araujo (Brazil) Rula Nasser (Jordan), Deema Azar (Jordan), Yahya Alabdallah (Jordan), Magali Negroni (France), Hager Karray (Tunisia) and Anabelle Pangborn (UK.)
Here is the list of the participating teams and projects:
- From Saudi Arabia and Egypt, director Hanaa Alfassi and producer Waleed Bedour teaming up on their film “The Flower Men”.
- From Jordan, director Amjad Al Rasheed and producer Aseel Abu Ayyash teaming up on their film “Inshallah Walad”.
- From Lebanon and Egypt, director Meedo Taha and producer Wesam Nassar teaming up their film “A Road to Damascus”.
- From Syria and Jordan, director Faisal Attrache and producer Deema Dabis teaming up on their film, “Aflaton”.
- From Iraq, director Ahmed Al Daradji and producer Huda Al Kadhimi teaming up on their film “Children of the Forbidden”.
- From Tunisia, director Meryam Joobeur and producer Sarra Ben Hassen teaming on their film “Roman Ruins”.
About the Royal Film Commission – Jordan
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.
About Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation
Established and funded by the Arab Bank since1978, 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.
For more information, please call: Marian Nakho, tel: 06-4642266/ Ext. 23