Under the slogan “Our Stories and Films are the Mirrors of Our Society”, and in a festive atmosphere, the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) organized a ceremony, yesterday at Ras Al-Ain Gallery/Greater Amman Municipality, celebrating the Jordanian cinematic and TV projects supported by the Jordan Film Fund (JFF).
The ceremony was under the Patronage of HRH Princess Rym Ali, Member of the RFC’s Board of Commissioners. Some 250 people attended the event - Jordanian directors, producers, writers, media professionals, journalists, audio-visual specialists as well as representatives of local and foreign institutions.
This event was organized to celebrate Jordanian film and TV projects, which received a fund from the JFF as well as the accomplishments and originality of their creators. The ceremony aimed to present these projects and stories to local and international media, in addition to encourage investors to support the film and television industry locally while highlighting the socio-economic impact of this vibrant sector in Jordan.
The JFF, being one of the projects managed by the RFC, was established in 2011 to enable filmmakers to tell their stories, develop the independent film industry and contribute to its sustainability, especially in Jordan.
Mohannad Al-Bakri, Managing Director of the RFC, said he was proud of what the Jordan Film Fund has achieved as “it is a platform for all Jordanian filmmakers to tell their stories through the audio-visual medium, as the Fund offers financial support to different categories: feature-length narrative and documentary films in development, production and post-production stages; production of short (narrative, documentary and animation) films as well as TV series in the development stage.”
He added: “the JFF helps film and television projects to see the light, since financing can be a major obstacle. The Fund is also key in encouraging co-production with Arab countries and attracting more funding from outside the country of origin.”
Film production has witnessed an unprecedented hype in the past two years (2018 and 2019) as 71% of the projects that received support from the Fund’s third and fourth cycles have been produced.
Seven feature-length narrative and documentary films have been completed: “Tiny Souls” directed by Dina Naser and produced by Palmyre Badinier, “Trapped in the Wild”, directed by Christian Abi Abboud and produced by Khaled Haddad; “Salma’s House”, directed by Hanadi Elyan and produced by Nathan Bennett; “Daughters of Adbulrahman”, directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan and produced by Saba Mubarak; “The Alleys” directed by Bassel Ghandour and produced by Rula Nasser; “Farha” directed by Darin Sallam and produced by Deema Azar and Ayah Jardanah; “200 Meters”, directed by Ameen Nayfeh and produced by May Odeh. This, in addition to the production of 14 shorts and animation films and the development of 13 cinematic and TV projects.
In 2018, the JFF allocated 233,000 JOD for 13 cinematic projects. In 2019, the JFF supported 24 projects with a total of 250,000 JOD. An independent jury of professionals evaluated all submitted eligible projects and selected the projects to receive the JFF’s support.
It is worth noting that the following films are in the late stage of post-production: “Trapped in The Wild”, “Daughters of Adbulrahman”,“The Alleys”,“200 Meters” and “Farha”.
Two cinematic projects - which had received the support of the Fund in 2018– have received international acclaim: the feature documentary “Tiny Souls" by Dina Naser - which received post-production fund- has participated in more than 15 film festivals and has won several awards including Best Documentary at the Dhaka International Film Festival and Ramallah Film Days. The short narrative film "Give Up The Ghost" - written and directed by Zain El Duraie and produced by Alaa AlAsaad, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and was awarded Best Short Film at El Gouna Film Festival.
A short animated movie “Azrar” by Ahmad Jaber and produced by Mohamed al Rugab was screened, followed by a reading of excerpts of a script by Khaled Al-Tarifi and Samira Al-Asir. The Jordanian band "Autostrad" closed the ceremony.