The Royal Film Commission – Jordan Hosts its Annual FAM Tour for Major Film Companies
Amman, 26th September 2022
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) hosted a delegation of nine high-profile representatives of prominent international cinema and television studios and production companies, who took part in the RFC’s familiarization (FAM) tour from the 18th until 25th of September 2022.
The FAM tour aims to introduce the visiting delegates to Jordan’s amazingly diverse and unique camera-ready locations, as well as to the country’s solid infrastructure and skilled crew base.
The participating delegation included members of the following studios and companies: Marvel Studios, Warner Bros., Gaumont, Media Rights Capital (MRC); Focus Features, PictureStart, Hoorae, Appain Way, and Mind’s Eye Entertainment. They learnt about the comprehensive production services, facilitations, the financial incentives and the tax exemption programs offered by the RFC when shooting in the country.
Over six days, the guests had the chance to traverse different parts of the Kingdom starting from its heart, Amman. They also toured Salt, Jerash, Um Qais, Madaba and the Dead Sea, which all served as filming locations for numerous local, Arab and international productions.
The executives and producers explored the magic of the South - the legendary Nabatean city of Petra and the breathtaking desert of Wadi Rum - where they walked in the footsteps of famous directors who captured these iconic landscapes on screen.
The delegation met Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the RFC’s Chairman, Princess Rym Ali, Executive Commissioner at the RFC and other members of the Board of Commissioners. They had encounters with the Minister of Investment, Khairy Amr, and the Minister of Culture, Haifa Najjar. They were also introduced to the local film industry’s stakeholders.
Mohannad Al Bakri, the RFC’s Managing Director, said: “We are glad to have resumed the RFC’s annual FAM tour, after a two-year suspension due to the pandemic. FAM tours are an effective tool to identify and promote the Kingdom’s great potential, and we believe in their positive impact and outcome. Disney came back to shoot its famous live-action film “Aladdin” in Jordan in 2017; so did “Dune 2” which returned to shoot in the desert; Marvel Studios recently released the TV series “Moon Night” that was shot in Wadi Rum in 2021. “
Kevin DeWalt, producer and the CEO of Minds Eye Entertainment, commented on his visit and said: “It was wonderful seeing the incredible landscapes and potential locations in Jordan. The possibilities to film in Jordan are endless.” He added: “No other film commission in the world provides the level of services to producers and filmmakers better than The Royal Film Commission of Jordan. I can’t wait to come back to Jordan to shoot one of my next feature films.”
For this FAM tour, the RFC partnered with Jordan Tourism Board, Royal Jordanian, Movenpick Hotel Dead Sea and Hertz.