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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #217 June 2021

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OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #217 June 2021

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:

  1. Amman International Film Festival: Submit your Film
  2. Amman International Film Festival: Submit your Project
  3. Call for application: Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab
  4. Call for submissions: The 15th Jordanian Short Film Competition
  5. Call for submissions: Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)
  6. Call for entries: Zinebi63
  7. Call for submissions: The Sundance Film Festival
  8. Call for funding: AFAC - The Cinema Grant
  9. Two new films at the RFC's Film Library

1. Amman International Film Festival: Submit your Film

Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) is aimed at debut achievements in film from all over the world, while also promoting Jordan’s up-and-coming pool of professionals in the audiovisual sector. With a main focus on emerging filmmakers, AIFF seeks works that manifest artistic boldness, strength of form and originality in the use of the medium of film. Based on the success of its inaugural edition, the Festival’s second edition will be held August 23-31, 2021.

 

Rules and Regulations

  • Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) requires all submitted films to be Jordanian premiere. Films previously screened in Jordan are not eligible.
  • Films that are available in Jordan on any VOD, online platforms, TV, or any other similar media as well as films that are available for purchase also not eligible.
  • Only film rights owners and/or their official distribution organisations are eligible to submit films to the festival.
  • Film owners are defined as the principal producer, authorised distributor, or any person who owns the rights to the film.
  • For the second edition of the AIFF, only films that were released in 2020 or 2021 are accepted for submission.
  • The AIFF considers any narrative film over 60 minutes as feature-length.
  • The AIFF considers any documentary film over 52 minutes as feature-length.
  • The maximum duration for a short film is 25 minutes.
  • The final selection of all films and their placement in the program are the responsibility of the Festival.
  • The AIFF reserves the right to decide eligibility.
  • All films must be in their original language. If not in English, the film must be subtitled in English.
  • Submitted films must meet the conditions mentioned above, in addition to the specific selection criteria as described per section.

 

Sections:

Arab Feature Narrative Film Competition

  • Only films that are 60 minutes or longer are accepted for this section.

  • This section is open to any feature-length narrative film released in 2020 or 2021, as long as the director is Arab or of Arab origin, and as long as it is the first feature-length narrative film by the:

    • Director and/or

    • Screenwriter and/or

    • Lead actor and/or

    • Lead actress and/or

    • Director of photography and/or

    • Editor.

Arab Feature Documentary Film Competition

  • Only films that are 52 minutes or longer are accepted for this section.

  • This section is open to any feature-length documentary film released in 2020 or 2021, as long as the director is Arab or of Arab origin, and as long as it is the first feature-length documentary film by the director.

 

Arab Short Film Competition

  • Only short films (no longer than 25 minutes) are eligible for this section.

  • This section is open to any short narrative, experimental, or animation film released in 2020 or 2021, as long as the director is Arab or of Arab origin, and as long as it is the first narrative short film by the director.

  • Short documentaries are not eligible for this section

The deadline for submissions is June 28, 2021

For more about AIFF: www.aiff.jo

For more information about the rules and regulations: http://aiff.jo/rules-regulations/

To submit your film to the Arab competition: http://aiff.jo/arab-competition/

To submit your non-Arab debut film: http://aiff.jo/international-section/

2. Amman International Film Festival: Submit your Project

 Amman Film Industry Days (AFID) – as part of Amman International Film Festival (AIFF) - is organizing two Pitching Platforms 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.


Rules & regulations for submitting your project

 

a)      Projects in Development:

  • The project must be a feature-length narrative or documentary in its development stage; shorts are not eligible.
  • Only projects by Jordanian directors or Arab directors resident in Jordan are accepted for this platform.

 

b)     Projects in Post-Production:

  • The project must be a feature-length narrative or documentary in its post-production stage; shorts are not eligible.
  • Only projects by Arab directors are accepted for this platform.
  • You must have a producer attached to your project to be eligible for this platform.

 

The deadline is June 28, 2021

 

For more information, please visit: http://aiff.jo/pitching-platforms/ 

3. Call for application: Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab

This is your chance to apply for the 2nd round of Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab!
 

In 2019 the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) launched, in collaboration with the Writers Guild Foundation - USA, Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab (series); a series early development screenwriting program aimed at professional Arab screenwriters.


The Lab provides an opportunity for local and regional filmmakers to develop their scripts for series under the guidance of international accomplished creative screenwriters during an intensive three-day program.

Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab is an annual three-day series script development workshop aimed at independent Arab screenwriters working on their narrative series projects.
 

Submission deadline: Thursday, July 1st, 2021 by midnight (Jordan Time).

For submissions and more details about the Lab, please visit: http://www.film.jo/Contents/Mosalsalat-Screenwriters-Lab.aspx 
Or email at: msl@film.jo 
 

4. Call for submissions: he 15th Jordanian Short Film Competition
The service of Cooperation and Cultural Activities of the French Embassy in Jordan and the Institut Français in Jordan, in partnership with the Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) and the Greater Amman Municipality, are organizing the 15th Jordanian Short Film Competition part of the 26th Franco-Arab Film Festival. The two winning films selected by the Jury will be screened at the Franco-Arab Film Festival.

The Franco-Arab Film Festival is calling for Jordanian short films (documentary and fiction) to compete.

Submission criteria:

• The competition is open to filmmakers residing in Jordan or abroad. Either the director or the producer should be Jordanian.
• The film must be at least partly shot in Jordan.
• The film should not exceed 20 minutes.
• The film has to have been produced in 2020 or 2021.
• Each director can submit one film only.
• Only short narratives and documentaries can be submitted. Animated films or experimental films will not be accepted.
• The film must be subtitled in English or French, if it is in Arabic; or subtitled in Arabic, if it is in English or French.
• The director or producer should provide 2 DVD or
Blu-ray copies of the film (which will not be returned).

The director or producer should provide the following:

1. An application form in Arabic or in English which can be found on the RFC’s website: www.film.jo.
• The application form should be typed (not in handwriting).
• A printed hard copy of the application form along with the film copies must also be submitted, in addition to sending the application form by email to marian.nakho@film.jo and to assistcult@ifjordan.com
• The application form should cover technical details regarding the film, synopsis (40 – 100 words) and the filmmaker’s information.
2. A soft copy of the film poster or still photo should be sent to marian.nakho@film.jo and to assistcult@ifjordan.com

Note: A committee will select among the submitted films those entitled to compete.
Please submit your film

By hand:

The French Institute of Jordan - Jordan, 4 Al Sharia College Street - Jabal Al Webdeh
Attention: Hassan ZAHEG
Subject: Jordanian Short Film Competition
From Sunday to Thursday (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM).
Tel: 0798623541

By email:

Subject: Jordanian Short Film Competition
Please send the application form, the film poster, and send your film as a downloadable MP4 file with the codec H.264. Also please make sure to send the file through OneDrive, Google Drive or Drop Box : marian.nakho@film.jo and to assistcult@ifjordan.com 

PRIZES:

• There will be two prizes based on the selection of the jury and two prizes based on the audience vote for the documentary and fiction categories. The audience will have the possibility to vote through the French Institute’s social media platforms.
• The four winning films will receive a trophy created by the Jordanian sculptor Hazem Al Zubi.
• The two winning directors for the best narrative and best documentary selected by the jury will be invited by the French edition of the Franco-Arab Film Festival in France to present their films (on the condition of providing the necessary authorizations for the trip). The full stay will be covered (accommodation and plane ticket).
• In addition, the RFC will offer a one-year free membership at the Film Library to the four winners.
• The two films awarded by the Jury will be screened at the Franco-Arab Film Festival.

For further information, please contact:
Marian Nakho at the Royal Film Commission - Jordan at:
marian.nakho@film.jo  / 0797557116
Or
Hassan Zaheg at The French Institute of Jordan at:
assistcult@ifjordan.com  / 0798623541

 

5. Call for submissions: Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is an annual international film festival organized by the Ministry of Culture in Egypt. the festival will take place from 1st until 10th of December, 2021. It is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) and is committed to comply with all its conditions and regulations.

Rules & Terms

International Competition for feature fiction and documentary, films must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The film should not have been screened in the International Competition of any of the Fifteen (15) festivals accredited by the FIAPF.

  • The film must not have been screened in Egypt before its official screening at CIFF.

  • For Egyptian films, they must be a world premiere.

  • The film must be produced after September 2019.

  • Duration of the film must exceed sixty (60) minutes.

  • The film must not have been screened on any TV or sat channel, or any internet site before its official screening at CIFF.

Horizons of New Arab Cinema Competition for feature fiction and documentary, the films must meet the following criteria:

  • The film must be produced after September 2019.

  • Duration of the film must exceed sixty (60) minutes.

  • The film must not have been screened in Egypt before its official screening at CIFF.

  • The film must not have been screened on any TV or sat channel, or any internet site before its official screening at CIFF.

Cinema of Tomorrow competition for short films, the films must meet the following criteria:

  • The film must be produced after September 2020.

  • Duration of short film must not exceed thirty (30) minutes.

  • All genres of shorts are accepted: fiction, non- fiction, animation, experimental.

  • The film must not have been screened in Egypt before its official screening at CIFF.

  • The film must not have been screened on any TV or sat channel, or any internet site (except for festivals’ screenings) before its official screening at CIFF.

  • The films are selected by an official invitation from CIFF.

  • The screening of the selected film shall not exceed 5 screenings in accordance with the FIAPF regulations. CIFF reserve the right at its sole description to decide on the screening scheduling time of the film.

  • Once the film has been selected and the rights owner has confirmed its participation and screening at CIFF in writing, the film cannot be withdrawn from the festival.

The deadline is August 31, 2021

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.ciff.org.eg/

6. Call for entries: Zinebi63

Zinebi- The International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao will be holding its 63rd edition from 12th until 19th of November, 2021.

 

Zinebi is an international cinema event of a competitive nature recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations FIAPF, and organized according to FIAPF's regulations and the regulations of the Festival. The Festival presents competitions (International Short Films, and International First Feature Films -ZIFF-) and curated programmes.

The Festival’s winning short films may qualify for consideration for the Oscars recognized by the Hollywood Academy, EFA Awards, BAFTA Awards and for the Goya Awards.

 

Rules & CONDITIONS

 

  • Productions entering this competition must have been completed after 1 January 2021 and must be submitted via Festhome platform (www.festhome.com) no later than 12 September 2021 (date of receipt). Submissions must include the official entry form of the Festival, and the information the production company may consider necessary. All documents must be in Basque, Spanish or English.

  • Admitted works will have a running time of more than 60 minutes.

  • Only first feature films are eligible that have not been shown at any Spanish festival before Zinebi .

  • First feature films that were previously shown at the International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao – Zinebi , or films previously rejected cannot be submitted again.

  • Films with spoken languages other than English must be submitted with English subtitles. Films that are unreadable or damaged preview files will not be considered for selection. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the preview file is in full working order.

  • All the submitted first feature films will be watched by the Selection Committee in order to be admitted by the Festival. The Selection Committee will be appointed by the Festival's Management, and will advise in the selection of the films in competition. The direction of the Festival will be responsible for the final decision on the election of the first feature films.

  • The Festival reserves the right to release the feature films included in the Official Selection – ZIFF Zinebi First Film International Competition in a geoblocked online platform for Spain, within a limited availability during the Festival, enabling restrictions in the days or number of screenings.

All projects sent for pre-selection must be submitted through the online entry form. Should you need further information, please contact info@zinebi.eus 

 

The deadline is July 25, 2021.

 

 For more information please visit: https://filmmakers.festhome.com/festival/zinebi

7. Call for submissions: The Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization that provides a wide variety of programs and initiatives for independent artists and storytellers working in film, theatre, and digital media.

Submission Categories
 

Each year, the Festival selects a slate of feature films, short films, episodic projects, and New Frontier exhibition and performance projects to play within each of the Festival's programs. Before submitting, please read carefully the eligibility requirements  below:
 

International Narrative Feature Films:

  • Any narrative or non-scripted work of fiction originating from outside of the United States with a running time of 50 minutes or more.

  • In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, or a fictionalization of actual events, and at least half of the project's financing must originate from outside of the United States.

  • Only films retaining international premiere status are eligible for open submission to this category.

  • Completed films that have been or will have been exhibited theatrically (festival or otherwise) outside of the film’s country or countries of origin prior to February 1, 2021 are not eligible for open submission to this category.

  • Films that have been or will have been made available to the general public in a non-theatrical form, either for free or for purchase, prior to February 1, 2021 are not eligible to submit to this category. This includes, but is not limited to, television broadcast, home video, or any digital platform in any country or countries.

  • Films that were previously invited to but did not participate in other festivals or events (live or digital) outside of their country or countries of origin are still eligible to submit to this category.

 

The deadline is August 23, 2021.

 

 For more information please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/Sundance

8. Call for funding: AFAC - The Cinema grant

AFAC Cinema Grant is open to all kinds of fiction film projects. The program welcomes submissions of short and medium-length narrative films in production and post-production and feature narratives that are in development, production or post-production phases.

The program provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand U.S. dollars up to a maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars for Development grants, up to fifty thousand U.S. dollars for Production and a maximum of twenty-five thousand U.S. dollars for Post-production grants.

In the event that the grantee does not sign the grant contract within 60 days upon receipt thereof, the grant will be canceled. Projects must be completed within 2 years of signing the contract, during which grantees are expected so submit the necessary financial and narrative reports.

No grantee will be awarded more than two deadline extensions during the grant period; such extensions should be justified by the grantee and approved by AFAC.

AFAC does not offer mobility grants. Travel costs can be covered by the AFAC grant only when they are part of the implementation of a project.
 

Eligible Candidates
 

AFAC only covers project-related expenses (including artist fees up to 30% of the total grant amount). Neither running operating costs nor purchase of equipment can be covered by the grant. The percentage of allocation to artist fees and institutional running costs has been exceptionally raised in 2020 and 2021 to account for the challenges brought about by the spread of COVID-19.
 

A film producer is eligible to apply with a maximum of two projects per category per cycle provided the two projects are not attached to the same director. However, if a film producer has one open grant, s/he can apply with one project. If s/he has two open grants, s/he is not eligible to apply before closing one grant at least.
 

Eligible Expenses

  • AFAC only covers project-related expenses (including Artist fees). Neither running operating costs nor purchase of equipment can be covered by the grant.

  • Place and Duration

  • AFAC will not provide support retroactively, i.e. to projects already completed. For projects that have already started, AFAC will cover the expenses that will occur only after the signature of the contract if the project is selected.

  • Projects may be implemented anywhere as long as they are created by Arab filmmakers.

  • The project’s time frame should not exceed 24 months.

How to Apply
 

  • Applications are only accepted through our online applications forms available on our website.

  • Applications submitted via regular mail or e-mail will not be accepted.
     

  • The applicant will receive a confirmation e-mail once the online application has been received.

  • Applicants are advised to follow up on the full completion and delivery of requested material as

  • AFAC will not contact applicants if any part of their application is incomplete.

  • Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
     

The deadline is August  2, 2021.

 

For more information please visit: https://www.arabculturefund.org/Programs/12

9. Two new films at The RFC's Film Library

New films are available to watch or borrow from the Film Library of The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC).

  1. Zaman: The Man from the Reeds

Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv19pqm6zNk

The Film Library opens from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM during weekdays, and on Saturdays from 2:00 PM – 7:00PM.

For further information, please call: 064613835 ext. 111 or send an email: filmlibrary@film.jo 

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