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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | The Jordanian Short Film “TALA’VISION” Wins Best Short Narrative at The Students Academy Awards


Amman, 22nd October 2021

The Jordanian - German short film “TALA’VISION”, written and directed by Murad Abu Eisheh, achieved a significant success by winning the Gold Medal for Best Narrative Film at the 48th Students Academy Awards in the Foreign Narrative Film section, marking the first Jordanian and Arab film to win in this category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) announced the winners at an awards ceremony held in Los Angeles, USA, on Thursday, October 21st, 2021, where "TALA’VISION” competed with six other films in the Foreign Short Film Competition.

Starring Ziad Bakri, Aisha Blasim and Khaled Al Tarifi, the film tells the story of eight-year-old girl, Tala, who is trapped inside the house due to the raging war. Her only contact with the outside world is her small television, but her father gets rid of it in compliance with the law banning televisions. Tala's life is overcome by silence and boredom until she makes a small decision, which will have repercussions changing the course of her life forever.

In an interview with The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC), Abu Eisheh expressed his excitement about receiving this award and said: “The Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, where I study, selected my film TALA’VISION to be submitted to the Students Academy Awards to represent the university. The film was chosen out of around 300 films produced annually by the university’s students. Whereas the number of submitted films to compete reached some 2000 films from around the world and our film competed with six films in the foreign narrative film category, and we are happy with this achievement.” He added: “Any film that wins at the Students Academy Awards is automatically eligible for the Oscars, so we submitted TALA’VISION to compete in the short films category and we are full of hope.”  

“TALA’VISION” is a Jordanian-German co-production produced by Tabi 360 and The Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in co-production with SWR and Jordan Pioneers. Commenting on the local funding, the film producer, Jude Kawwa, said: “The local support the film received is from The Jordan Film Fund managed by The Royal Film Commission - Jordan, as well as Jordan Pioneers. I would like to stress the importance of local support for Jordanian producers, especially when they engage in co-productions, as it empowers them in terms of rights, distribution, receiving awards and helping Jordanian directors to tell their stories through films.”

The film toured several international film festivals and had its World Premiere at the 42nd Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival in Germany, where it received both the Audience and Jury Award for Best Medium Film for the first time in the festival’s history to award the same film.  It has also won the 1st Prize for a Live Action Short Film at Flicker's Rhode Island International Film Festival, the New Comer Award for Best Camera at the German Camera Award as well as the Jury Award at the 61st Zlin Film Festival.

Mohannad Al Bakri, The RFC’s Managing Director, commented on this achievement and said: “The success of TALA’VISION is a beautiful addition to the Jordanian film scene winning at the Students Academy Awards, especially that it is an important global platform showcasing talents of emerging filmmakers from around the world. We are proud of this achievement and it is a proof of the young Jordanian filmmakers’ potential and creativity. We are delighted that the film was supported by the Jordan Film Fund, in its fourth cycle in 2019, which reflects the importance of local support in enabling filmmakers, especially in Jordan, to tell their stories and deliver them to the world.”

It is worth mentioning that the Jordanian short animated film “Ayny”, by Ahmad Saleh, had won the Gold Medal for Best Foreign Animation at the Students Academy Awards in 2016. 

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