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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Opportunities Bulletin #154 March

OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 154 March 2016

N.B. The information below is provided directly by the organizers of events, festivals, audio-visual organizations or independent film projects. The Royal Film Commission -Jordan (RFC) cannot be held accountable for it.

In this bulletin:

  • Call for participation: Jordanian Short Film Competition - 22nd Franco-Arab Film Festival
     
  • Call for submissions: Project Market Amman 2016 ll The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
     
  • Call for entries: PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration
     
  • Call for submissions: Malmo Arab Film Festival 2016
     
  • Call for entries: The 10th Arabic and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia
     
  • Call for submissions: HUMANCalling for Documentaries
     
  •  Call for submissions: The Scandinavian International Film Festival 2016

1. Call for participation: Jordanian Short Film Competition ll 22nd Franco-Arab Film Festival

The Institut Français in Jordan, in partnership with the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC), is organizing the 22nd edition of the Franco-Arab Film Festival,which will be held in Amman from the 28th of May until the 2nd of June 2016.

The Franco-Arab Film Festival is calling for Jordanian short films (documentary and narrative) to compete. Winners will be announced during the closing reception.

If your short film matches the criteria below, please submit your film at the latest by Sunday 1st of May 2016:

By hand:
The Royal Film Commission - Jordan / Jordanian Short Film Competition, Jebel Amman, 1st circle, 5 Omar bin Al Khattab Street
Att: Ms. Marian Nakho
Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. Tel: 064642266 ext: 23

By mail:
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan
PO Box 811991 Amman 1181 Jordan

Submission Criteria:
- The competition is open to independent filmmakers residing in Jordan or abroad. Either the director or the producer should be Jordanian.
- The film should not exceed 20 minutes.
- The film has to have been produced in 2015 or 2016.
- Each filmmaker can submit one film only.
- Only narratives and documentaries can be submitted. Animated films or experimental films will not be accepted.
- It is requested that the film be subtitled in English or French, if it is in Arabic; or subtitled in Arabic, if it is in English or French.
- The filmmaker should provide 2 DVD copies of the film (which will not be returned) to the aforementioned address, along with the following:
1. An application form in Arabic or in English,which can be found on the RFC website www.film.jo,covering technical details regarding the film, synopsis and the filmmaker’s information.
2. A poster or a screen shot of the film.

Prizes:
There will be four valuable prizes: a jury prize and a public prize, for both narrative and documentary categories.

The 4 winning films will receive a trophy created by Jordanian sculptor Hazem Al Zu’bi.
The 2 Jury prizes for the best narrative and best documentary will be invited by the French edition of the Franco Arab Film Festival in Noisy-Le-Sec (in the close suburbs of Paris) to present their films. The full stay in France will be covered (return flight ticket; accommodation and local transportation).
In addition, the RFC will offer a one-year subscription at the Film House’s Library to the four winners.

Last date for submissions is Sunday 1st of May 2016.

For further information, please contact Marian Nakho at the Royal Film Commission - Jordan at the following e-mail: marian.nakho@film.jo 
Or call: 06 4642266/ ext. 23

2. Call for submissions: Project Market Amman 2016 ll The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues 3Film Prizes for international cooperation between young German and Arab filmmakers to realize a joint film project. The prizes, each worth up to 60,000 euros, are awarded in the categories short animated film, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary.

Eligible for the Film Prize are mixed teams of German and Arab (members of the Arab League) filmmakers who are in the beginning of their film career. Furthermore, the film should be produced in both partnering countries, stressing in particular the aspect of intercultural exchange.

To facilitate the team finding process Arab directors will be invited to the Project Market Amman to meet with German producers.

The Project Market Amman

From May 26 to 31, 2016 the Project Market Amman introducing the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung takes place in Amman, Jordan in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC).

Up to twenty young directors from the member countries of the Arab League are invited to participate in the Project Market Amman to meet with up to fifteen German producers. The Robert Bosch Stiftung will cover all costs for travel, accommodation and catering.

During four to five days,a diverse program will offer the filmmakers from the Arab World and Germany various occasions to get to know each other, to introduce each other’s work, to talk in detail about the directors’ project and to exchange knowledge and experiences. Joint events and excursions will help to intensify the newly acquainted contacts.

The meetings between directors and producers do not necessarily have to result in a partnership but can help to gain experience of an international co-production market and extend the network. In the event that a team is formed, the first step towards preparing for a joint application for the following round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung is created.

Who can participate in the Project Market Amman?
Arab directors in the beginning of their career and students or graduated students from film and media academies being nationals from the member countries of the Arab League can apply for the Project Market Amman if they have a project in development in the categories short animated film, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary. Applicants must be able to communicate in English.

How to apply
To participate in the Project Market Amman filmmakers must register at the Online Project Market and fill in and upload all requested data. As project information a complete treatment and/or synopses with a minimum of two to three pages is required. A script for short fiction films should be available on request.

Out of all submissions, up to twenty projects will be selected by a selection committee consisting of members of the RFC and the Film Prize Team to participate in the Project Market Amman.

The deadline for submissions: Projects submitted by April 15, 2016 at the Online Project Market will be considered as applicants for the Project Market Amman.

Notice of selection
April 25, 2016

The communication language of the entire Film Prize program is English.

For further details on the Film Prize please visit www.filmprize.de.
 

3. Call for entries: PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite you to submit original and creative videos focusing on the PLURAL+ theme of migration, celebrating diversity and social inclusion.

In a world often characterized by intolerance and cultural and religious divisions, it is vital that youth are recognized as powerful agents of social change. PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, and human rights, both at local and global levels through video production. Young people aged up to 25 are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.

Each year, since 2009, a prestigious international jury selects three PLURAL+ International Jury Award winners in each age category (up to 12, 13-17, 18-25). The International Jury Award winners will receive $1,000 as well as be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2016 Festival Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media in November 2016. PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other prizes and professional opportunities to over 20 of the best videos submitted, partners award winning videos will be invited to present their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.

PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ not only provides young people with an effective platform to raise their voices on key migration and diversity issues, but also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that the powerful expression of youth creativity is a force to be reckoned with.

The deadline for submissions is on 29th of May, 2016. 

Further information, including guidelines, rules and regulations and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at: pluralplus.unaoc.org

4. Call for submissions: Malmo Arab Film Festival 2016

Submissions to participate with films in Malmö Arab Film Festival 2016 is now open. Submission is open to features, shorts and documentaries.

Malmö Arab Film Festival is the largest film festival on Arab Cinema outside the Arab world. The festival present competition sections for feature fiction, short fiction and documentaries, as well as panoramas, special selections and countries in focus. The 6th festival edition is held September 30 – October 5, 2016.

Terms and conditions:

  • The festival lasts between September 30th until October 5 and the films will be mainly shown in Malmo but also in other cities in the region in parallel with the festival days.
  •  Films that may participate in the festival are selected by the festival’s judging committee.
  • Applicants for participation in the festival have no guarantee that the film will be shown during the festival.
  • There is no fee for applying. No compensation will be paid by the festival to showcase the film.
  • Notification of approved films sent to participants, 2 monthsbefore the festival’s startingdate.
  • Films that are selected to participate in the festival may not be withdrawn.
  • Malmo Arab Film Festival has the right to manage the use of film clips and photographs from submitted films selected for the festival for all its image, or print ads in all pages on the Internet utmost to promote the festival.

Deadline for submission is May 30, 2016.

To submit your film and for further information, please visit the festival's website:
http://maffswe.com/submission/

 

5. Call for entries: The 10th Arabic and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia

For the 10th year, the Arabic and Mediterranean Film Festival will take place from November 8th until 13th, 2016 in Catalonia to give a voice to Arab and Mediterranean cinema.

Participation’srequirements

1- Movies or documentaries of at least 60 minutes, directed by filmmakers from Arab countries within the last 5 years (unlimited for films from invited country).
2- Send a download link or DVD copy before20th June 2016. The film must be subtitled in French, English or Spanish.
3- The selected films will be published on the “ Mostra” blog on20th July 2016.

Selected Movies

4- If the movie is selected the following deliverables shall be sent by30th of July, 2016:
Synopsis
Biography and filmography of the director
Photography of the director and of the film in JPG 300dpi format
Poster of the film in JPG 300dpi format
List of the dialogues in time code (in English, French or Spanish).
Movies’ Subtitles

5- The movies will be projected in V.O (original version), subtitled in Catalan or Castellano. The Festival will provide subtitling for the selected movies.

For more information, please visit the festival's website: https://mostracinearab.wordpress.com/call-for-entries/

Or contact Meritxell Bragulat:
SODEPAU
Pg. Salvat Papasseït, 1, 1a planta- 08003 Barcelona
Phone: 00 34 93 3010171-
Email: sodepau@sodepau.org
Skype: sodepau1

 

6. Call for submissions: HUMAN Calling for Documentaries

At HUMAN, theories of socio-cultural anthropology are used to discover the human truths and present them in the form of human documentaries. This dismantles the boundaries of research in order to get a more compelling story.

HUMAN is calling for all filmmakers around the world, no matter where they are from or wheretheylive, as long as they are“human”.
 
Be the 'Human Filmmaker' in the country you live in! Send a briefabout yourselfand your passion for film and documentaries, a link to some samples of your work, and where you live.

Requirements:
You need to have an understanding of film.
Have a knack for creativity.
A directorial vision.

Contact Human on: hello@homeofhuman.com

For further information, please visit the website:
http://www.homeofhuman.com/human-documentaries/

 

7. Call for submissions: The Scandinavian International Film Festival 2016

Submissions are now open to the Scandinavian International Film Festival (SCIFF) 2016!

SCIFF is considered as a high levelculturalevent in Helsinki, Finland. The festival aims to welcome over 3000 attendees annually who congregate for 4 days of screenings, panels, special events, seminars, and VIP after-parties.

SCIFF creates a screening environment allowing participants to feature their films in the high quality venues available to the audience in Helsinki. Professionals and industry makers will be invited to evaluate the best work to be awarded at the end of the Festival.

Submission Guidelines:
All films submitted to the Scandinavian International Film Festival are first reviewed by the Festival Selection Committee.

Films produced in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 of any genre are accepted for submission.

English subtitlesare required for films spoken in any other language than English. 

SCIFF Film Categories:

SCIFF FEATURE FILMS

By SCIFF standards, any film that is 50 minutes and over is considered a feature film. All films must carry English subtitles. All films which are selected / nominated for the festival will be informed by email & listed on thewebsite. Feature Films can carry any subject respecting humanity issues and cultures topics. SCIFF makes way for new developments in feature films by selecting original, unique features to screen at the festival.

SCIFF DOCUMENTARY FILMS

The Scandinavian International Film Festival is dedicated to screening documentary films on a variety of subjects: Human Rights issues, life stories, environmental topics, unique, spiritual and unordinary topic will be on focus this year.

SCIFF SHORT FILMS

Any film that is 1 minute to 49 min 59 sec in length is considered a short film. The festival is focusing on filmmakers who are trying to introduce unique and new ideas and films. SCIFF will pay special attention to this category in order to give this special film category the attention it deserves.

SCIFF ANIMATED FILMS

Over the last two centuries, animation film technology has advanced from flip books to 3D animation and CGI. When selecting animated films for competition, SCIFF will pay special attention to topic and quality.

The deadline for submissions is on August 1st, 2016.

For further information, please visit the website:
http://www.sciff.fi/


The Royal Film Commission was established in 2003 to promote the audio-visual industry in Jordan. Tel: +962-6-4642266 e-mail: info@film.jo www.film.jo