OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #199 December 2019
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.
Amman International Film Festival: Call to Submit Your Film
2. Amman International Film Festival: Call to submit to the Pitching
for submissions: The 73rd Cannes Film Festival
4. Call for submissions / Deadline Extended: The Doha Film
Institute's Short Script Lab
5. Call for submissions: The Doha Film Institute's Grants Programme
for submissions: Tripoli Film Festival 2020
Call for submissions: Palm Spring International ShortFest 2020
Call for Application: Rough Cut Workshop for Arab Women Filmmakers
Amman International Film Festival: Submit your Film
Submit your film to Amman International Film Festival – Awal
The inaugural edition of Amman International Film Festival –
Awal Film (AIFF) will take place 13 – 18 April 2020 . It is
organized under the umbrella of the Royal Film Commission.
This is the first international film festival of its kind in
Jordan. It will showcase Arab and international movies, with
a focus on debut films as well as on the recognition of
various talents involved in the making of a film.
Submissions are open now.
All Arab and international films have to be released in
They must be Jordanian premiere.
A - Competitive Arab section
This section is
open to Arab filmmakers and includes the following
1) Feature-length narrative film
The film must be the debut work in any of the following
categories: directing, screenwriting, editing, acting in a
lead role, photography.
Only the first
feature-length documentary by the director will be admitted
in this section. Minimum runtime 52 minutes.
Only films (maximum
runtime 30 minutes) by first-time directors are eligible.
This includes: narrative, experimental and animation short
films. Short documentaries are not eligible.
jury, composed of film professionals, will grant the “Black
Iris Award” to the winning films or works in each of the a/m
Non-Arab Debut Film
This section is
open to non-Arab films – all genres – from all countries
produced in 2019-2020. Films compete for the Audience Award.
must be the first feature-length (minimum runtime 52
minutes) work by the director. This includes all genres:
narrative, documentary, experimental or animation. Length:
AIFF reserves the right to decide whether an entry is indeed
eligible or not.
Submissions close on 31st January 2020.
In addition to the above, a non-competitive section – “First
& Latest Film” - will showcase the work of one Arab
helmet filmmaker and one international renowned filmmaker,
featuring their debut film and their last production.
The inaugural edition of Amman International Film Festival
will also be the setting of the 1st edition of its industry
arm, the Amman Film Industry Days (AFID), taking place from
Wednesday April 15th to Friday April 17th, 2020. Please see
the item below.
For more about AIFF:
information about the rules and regulations:
To submit your film
to the Arab competition:
To submit your
non-Arab debut film:
2. Amman International Film Festival: Submit to the Pitching
For its first edition, Amman Film Industry Days (AFID)
– as part of Amman International Film Festival (AIFF)
is organizing a Pitching Platform for feature-length
projects in development by Jordanian and resident Arab filmmakers
in Jordan and for projects in post-production by all Arab filmmakers.
Up to 15 projects will be selected to pitch their film projects in a
public presentation to industry
professionals attending Amman
Industry Days, where the best projects will receive awards to help
them advance in the materialization of their films (complete list of
awards to be announced in March 2020). Selected projects will also
have tailor-made schedules that will include networking, script
consulting and project mentoring.
Requested application materials to be submitted in English or in
Arabic. French submissions are admissible however and in case of
selection, applicants must provide the materials in English 10 days
after their selection.
Please submit using the online forms below. For inquiries, please
Submissions close on
31st January 2020.
AFID will take place from Wednesday April 15th to Friday April
17th, 2020 as part of the inaugural edition of the Amman
International Film Festival which will run from April 13th until
April 18th, 2020.
For further information, please visit the website:
3. Call for submissions: The 73rd Cannes Film Festival
73rd Cannes Film Festival that will take place from the 12th until
23rd May 2020.
Submission of films the 2020 Official Selection is now open!
The deadline is 15th February for for film school students, 2nd
March for short films and 4th March for feature films.
Entries are submitted online.
Before completing the form, please take the time to read the
"Pre-selection conditions" and "Rules" for the category in which you
would like to submit your film.
-Feature Films (In Competition - Out of Competition - Un Certain
- Short Films - In Competition
- Short and Mid-Length Films from Film Schools -
For further information, please visit the website
Call for submissions/ Deadline Extended: The Doha Film
The Doha Film Institute’s Short Script lab is designed to
assist emerging screenwriters and writer-directors from Qatar and
the MENA region to complete a new draft of their original short film
screenplay with the guidance of experienced international mentors.
Screenplays written through this lab may be nominated for production
through these DFI programmes:
• Qumra Shorts
• Qatari Film Fund
• Production Funding (MENA region)
Short Script lab provides a transformative experience for filmmakers
to explore their creativity and individual voice in an inspiring,
intensive programme that balances one-on-one mentorship sessions and
independent work with moderated group discussions and presentations
Participants will refine their skills in dramatic writing (premise,
theme, structure, character and story), advance the development of
their short film screenplays with a new draft, and discuss the
regional and international short film landscapes.
Application Deadline extended to 17 December.
Programme Dates: 30 January to 6 February 2020 (eight full days)
Participants will have eight full days for independent and group
work on their scripts. All participants are expected to present a
new version of their short film script to their tutors and the DFI
team by the last day of the programme.
Fee: QAR 1,500.00
*Qatar Museums Culture Pass members receive a 10% discount
Group Size: 8 to 10 writers/directors
Ability Level: Intermediate to advanced
The workshop is designed for writers/directors of short films based
in Qatar or the MENA region, and a total of eight to ten
participants will be selected.
• Candidates must have written and directed at least one short film
and show an aptitude for writing drama.
• Candidates must be Qatar or MENA-based
• Residents of the MENA region are responsible for funding their own
travel expenses. Depending on their country of origin, accepted
candidates might be referred to regional partner institutions for
For further information on the application process, please visit:
5. Call for submissions: The Doha Film Institute's Grants
The goals of the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme are to
identify new talent, seek out new cinematic voices and discover
universally resonant stories.
The Programme provides creative and financial assistance for short
and feature-length films, subject to eligibility criteria, by Qatari
and international first- and second-time directors, as well as
established MENA directors.
Financial support is also available for TV and web series helmed by
MENA scriptwriters and directors, subject to eligibility criteria.
The TV fiction and creative documentary series development grant
aims to assist independent screenwriters/producers from the MENA
region in developing original serialized content intended for
international audiovisual markets, while the web fiction and
creative documentary series grant will support independent
directors/producers from the MENA region in financing the production
of original serialized content for the web.
There are two grant submission cycles annually, in January and July.
The next cycle opens 1 January, 2020 and closes at midnight (GMT+3)
on 14 January, 2020.
For application process and more details, please visit the
6. Call for submissions: Tripoli Film Festival 2020
Submissions are open to the 2020 Tripoli Film Festival, which
will run from the 4th until 10th June 2020.
You can submit your film to one of these festival's categories:
- Feature Narrative
- Feature Documentary
- Short Film
- Student Film
Rules and Terms:
Feature Film - 80 - 105 min / Short film - less than 20 min /
Animation - less than 20 min / Feature Documentary - from 50 to 90
min / Short Documentary - less than 20 min.
• Films completion dates should not be earlier than June 2018.
- Films Screeners should be downloadable.
• Movies shot in Lebanon partially or completely should enclose a
copy of the Lebanese “Sécurité Générale” shooting permit.
• Tripoli Film Festival screens only films available on Blu Ray and
in MOV format.
For further details on rules and regulations, please visit the
Regular Deadline: 30th January, 2020
Late Deadline: 1st March, 2020
Notification Date: 24th March, 2020
Call for submissions: Palm Spring International S
ShortFest will take place from 16th until 22nd June next year.
ShortFest accepts short films with a runtime of 40 minutes or less
are not accepted via email or via physical submission copies sent to
the festival's offices.
Regular Deadline (Dec. 2, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020):
Late Deadline (Jan. 6, 2020 - Feb. 24, 2020):
What are the submission requirements?
- Completed entry on FilmFreeway.
- Digital screener - Vimeo link (preferred) or Secure Online
- Submissions must be uploaded and submitted no later than the
deadline date to qualify for the respective entry fees.
- Paid entry fee.
ShortFest 2020 eligibility requirements:
- Films must have been completed in 2019 or 2020.
- Films must be no more than 40 minutes in length, credits included.
- If selected, films must be available for projection in DCP.
- All non-English-language films must have English subtitles.
Does ShortFest accept works-in-progress?
ShortFest accepts work-in-progress cuts that are picture locked and
includes an opening slate listing what still needs to be completed
(color-correction, sound mix, special effects, etc.).
Does ShortFest accept films that are already available online?
Yes! ShortFest does not require a premiere status, so online films
Do you need to submit a DCP?
You will only need a DCP if you are selected in the Official
Program. You do not need to have a DCP for consideration.
For further information, please visit the website:
8. Call for Application: Rough Cut Workshop for Arab Women
“Between Women Filmmakers Caravan” has extended the submission
deadline for the Rough Cut Workshop for Arab Women Filmmakers to
22nd, December 2019.
If you have a film project in the post-production phase, you are
welcome to submit it. The objective of the workshop is to provide
the participants with technical assistance in the form of top
audio-visual consultations to help them further develop the artistic
and editing aspects of their films. The Caravan also plans to
provide support for the best films that will participate in this
The workshop will be held over three days in Cairo, from 15 to 17
To apply and for further information, please visit:
The Royal Film Commission was established in 2003 to promote the
audio-visual industry in Jordan.
Tel: +962-6-4642266 e-mail: