OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #201 February 2020
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:
Applications: Rawi Screenwriters Lab
Submissions: Malmö Arab Film Festival 2020
Submissions: the 45th Toronto International Film Festival
Applications: AFAC Open Call for First Grants Cycle
Submissions: The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Applications: The World Cinema Fund
Submissions: Leeds International Film Festival
1. Call for
Applications: Rawi Screenwriters Lab
This is your chance to apply to the 16th Rawi Screenwriters Lab!
Chosen Arab Screenwriters (Fellows) are granted the opportunity to
develop their first or second feature-length narrative screenplays
under the guidance of critically acclaimed screenwriters (Creative
Advisors). Advisors will have one-on-one intensive sessions and
conversations with the Fellows about their projects to embrace their
vision and help them find the most compelling way to tell their
Submissions deadline: Sunday, April 12th, 2020 by midnight
Lab days: From Sunday, November 29th until Sunday, December 6th,
For submissions and more details about the Lab, please visit:
Call: +962 6 461 3835 Ext. 108 / 104
submissions: Malmö Arab Film Festival 2020
The Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF) will take place in October 8-13,
2020, and the selected films will be mainly shown in Malmo as well
as in other cities in the region in parallel with the festival days
(maximum 4 screenings).
MFF is receiving film submissions and you can take part now.
Rules and regulations:
Films longer than 70 min should be submitted as feature films,
and films less than 70 min should be submitted as short films.
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.
MAFF only accepts online watching links, any download link will
Notification of approved films will be sent to participants two
months before the festival’s start date.
Selected films to participate in the festival may not be
Submitted films should be produced in 2019-2020. No
contributions that have been produced before the year 2019 will
Submitted films will not be accepted if they have been screened
in Sweden before.
MAFF 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.
NOTE: Private individuals, companies, copyright owners, film
producers, and film production companies have the opportunity to
participate in the Festival if they meet all requirements.
Short Film Competition
Best Short Documentary Film – Prize value 10000 SEK (±1000 USD)
Best Short Film – Prize value 10000 SEK (±1000 USD)
Feature Film Competition
Best Feature Documentary Film – Prize value 15000 SEK (±1500 USD)
Best Feature Film – Prize value 20000 SEK (±2000 USD)
The City of Malmö´s Audience Award at MAFF
Prize value 25000 SEK (±2500 USD)
Important note for all prizes: Prizes can only be paid by an
official invoice issued by a registered company.
Audience Award to Best Feature film
The submission deadline is on the 31st of May 2020.
For further information, please visit:
3. Call for submissions: the 45th Toronto International Film
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) ranks among the most
prestigious international film festivals in the world. For 11 days,
film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals, and media watch the
best in new cinema from established masters and new talent.
Submit your film now!
Canadian Features - Canadian feature films with running times of 50
minutes or longer.
- Canadian Documentary Features - Canadian documentary feature films
with running times of 50 minutes or longer.
- Canadian Shorts- Canadian films with running times of 49 minutes
- International Features - International feature films with running
times of 50 minutes or longer.
- International Documentary Features - International documentary
feature films with running times of 50 minutes or longer.
- International Shorts - International films with running times of
49 minutes or less.
- Primetime - Serial content with a minimum of two chronological
episodes, including the pilot, featuring a combined running time of
60 minutes or longer. In the case of anthologies, chronological
episodes are not required.
- Wavelengths Shorts - Artist film and video with running times of
49 minutes or less.
- Wavelengths Features - Artist film and video with running times of
50 minutes or longer.
All selected films must be available to screen in DCP (Digital
Cinema Package) by August 14th, 2020. TIFF may (but is
not required to) permit selected films within the Wavelengths and
Cinematheque programmes to be screened in the following alternative
formats: (i) 35mm or (ii) 16mm. No format exceptions will be made
for the Short Cuts programmes.
Early-bird submission deadline & fees is on April 3rd,
more information about the rules and regulations, please visit:
4. Call for Applications: The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
Open Call for First Grants Cycle
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) opened the call for
applications for its first cycle of grants programs on February 1st,
2020. AFAC will be accepting applications in the categories of:
Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Creative and Critical Writings and
Applications are to be submitted exclusively online via the AFAC
website. To apply, please
with your username and password. Once you log in you will be
directed to the application.
Please consult the
(available on each program page),
If you have questions regarding the programs, write to
If your inquiry is related to technical matters, get in touch with
The deadline for the submission of applications is on April 15th,
2020, 12 midnight Beirut time (+2 GMT).
AFAC’s second call for applications for the Research on the Arts
Program (RAP), Cinema, Music, and Training and Regional Events (TR)
opens on May 15th, 2020 and closes on August 1st,
Call for submissions: The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Save the Date! The 29th
Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF)
will take place from October 9th until 17th, 2020.
exhibits in a variety of program categories. Not all categories are
- Short Films: 40 minutes or less
- Features: Over 40 minutes
- Fees are non-refundable.
- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.
- Films not in English must be subtitled in English
ELIGIBILITY: Feature and short documentary films completed after
January 1st, 2019 are eligible for HSDFF 2020 with
preference given to films premiering after May 1st, 2020.
Feature-length films that have been released theatrically or
broadcast on television nationally prior to the festival will be
considered for non-competitive sections only under special
circumstances determined by the festival. Short films that are
available on VOD or a streaming platform will not be eligible for
competition at the festival.
Submissions are received between January and July of 2019, with
notification of acceptance no later than September 30th.
SUBMISSION FORMAT: ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR PRE-SCREENING WITH
VIMEO OR YOUTUBE LINK. You are required to keep the festival updated
You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry
form and PROVIDE an entry fee for each.
Once accepted, if distribution plans accelerate and you find that
your film will be released, theatrically or otherwise, before
October 17, 2020, the festival asks that you notify them
For more information, please contact:
visit the website:
Call for Applications: The World Cinema Fund
Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation
with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German
producers, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) works to develop and support
cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering
cultural diversity in German cinemas.
World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without
additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional
aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an
authentic image of their cultural roots.
WCF has an annual budget of approximately € 350,000 and supports
exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and
feature-length documentaries. The support is focused on the
following regions and countries: Latin America, Central America, the
Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia,
the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.
Maximum funding: 80,000 EUR per project
The total production costs of the supported projects should lie
between 200,000 EUR and 1,000,000 EUR
The funding must be spent on the production of the film in the
- Completed application form
- Two-page synopsis
- Script in English or French (in the case of documentary films, an
in-depth treatment and a detailed outline of the visual concept
- Director’s statement and a description of the director’s visual
- The director’s CV
- The writer’s CV
- Profile/filmography of the production company/ies
- Proof of rights ownership
- Detailed budget in euros
- A financial plan in euros and copies of co-production contracts if
- Rights clearance
- The director’s previous films on DVD
WCF supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature
films and feature-length documentaries.
The deadline for submissions is on March 3rd, 2020.
For more information, please visit:
Call for Submissions: Leeds International Film Festival
Founded in 1987, Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is
renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and
A qualifying event for both the Academy Awards and BAFTAs, LIFF
presents nine national and international competitions for short
films with total cash prizes of over $5000.
Awards & Prizes:
LIFF is a qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards and the
BAFTAs. The winning shorts in LIFF's Louis Le Prince International
Short Film Competition and World Animation Competition are eligible
for the Academy’s Short Film Awards. British shorts selected for
LIFF may be considered for nomination for the BAFTA Short Film
LIFF awards for shorts and features:
• Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition ($1300 winner
• World Animation Competition ($1300 winner prize)
• British Short Film Competition ($660 winner prize)
• Yorkshire Short Film Competition ($660 winner prize)
• Leeds International Screendance Competition ($660 winner prize)
• Leeds International Queer Short Film Competition ($660 winner
• Leeds International Music Video Competition
• Leeds Short Film Audience Award
• Leeds Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature
• Leeds Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Rules & Terms:
Please note you only need to submit into one category: if your film
is eligible for other categories then the festival’s programmers
will consider it for those also.
• All films must be submitted to the festival by 10th
August 2020, and all submissions are final no refunds are available.
• All submissions are fairly considered by a broad team of
programmers and the date of entry bears no relation to the selection
• If you have more than one film to submit, you may be entitled to
fee discounts for multiple entries - please email
for more details.
• Only films completed after 1st January 2019 will be considered for
the competitive sections.
• Any genre and any length of film will be considered – anything
under 45 minutes is classified as a short, anything over 45 minutes
is classified as a feature. Maximum film length for the Screendance
and Queer Short Film Competitions is 20 minutes
• For feature-length films, though LIFF does not insist on a
Please contact the festival’s office if you would like clarification
on your film if it has already screened or is going to be screened
in the UK.
• For short films, the festival does not have a premiere policy.
April 6th, 2020 is the Early Bird Deadline
For more 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: