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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | “Women in Film” Panel Discussion with women filmmakers


The European Film Festival (EUFF), in partnership with the Royal Film Commission - Jordan and the British Council in Jordan, is glad to present the “Women in Film” panel, featuring three highly creative and talented women from the cinema industry in Europe and Jordan. Two of them are presenting their films at this year’s EUFF at the Haya Cultural Centre. The discussion will focus on their personal journey within the film industry, as well as explore the broader aspects of representation in film, including the range and available roles for women both in front of and behind the camera and as producers. The panel will also feature the British Council director who will present British Council Equality Diversity and inclusion policy. There will be an audience Q&A after the panel. Panelists include Jordanian documentary director Anwar Shawabkeh, Estonian producer Aet Laigu and French producer Stéphanie Schorter Champenier.

Time & Date: Saturday, 25th November 2017; 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 

Location: The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, Film House, 1st Circle, Jabal   Amman, 5 Omar Bin Al Khattab Street.

Language of the panel: English 

About the panelists: 

Aet Laigu is an Estonian producer. Prior to establishing the independent production company and brand METEORIIT in 2008, she worked on the production of several short films, TV commercials, documentaries and feature films in Estonia, including Magnus (2007), the first Estonian film ever to be selected for competition at the Cannes International Film Festival. Laigu also produced “The Arbiter” (2013) and “Mother” (Ema) (2016).

Stephanie Schorter Champenier is a French producer focusing on documentaries without cultural borders. As an executive producer, she made “Le Premier Cri” in 2007, which follows ten births around the globe, before producing the documentary “Sur le Chemin de l’Ecole” that won the Cesar for best documentary in 2014. Champenier became the CEO of Falabracks Productions in 2012 and produced “Relève, histoire d’une creation”, a documentary on Benjamin Millepied, the director of the Opera de Paris, released in 2015.

Anwar Shawabkeh is an independent documentary filmmaker from Madaba, Jordan. She graduated with a degree in Media and Journalism from Petra University. She currently works as a freelance producer & director in 360 Studio Production. 

Shawabkeh took part in several workshops held by the Royal Film Commission-Jordan, including: the LG workshop for short films, short documentary film workshop producing her film “Red Dot”, another short documentary film workshop through which she produced the film “Never” that participated in Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival in 2016, and the “Tourism Video Workshop” where she made a promotional film about the city of Salt. 

For further information, please contact the RFC: 06 461 3835, ext. 106.