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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Opportunities Bulletin #142 March

OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 142–March 2015

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:            

  • Call for applications: Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab 2015

  • Call for submissions: The Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation- Call for Project Market Amman 2015

  • Call for applications: PriMed International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage 2015

  • Call for submissions: The 5th Malmo Arab Film Festival 2015 

  • Call for entries: The 57th Bilabao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films

  • Call for submissions: The 5th Annual Arlington International Film Festival 2015


 

1.   Call for applications: Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab 2015

The Royal Film Commission - Jordan, in consultation with the Sundance Institute, welcomes applications to the eleventh round of Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab. The Lab will take place between November 9th and November 13th, 2015 in Jordan whereby four to eight screenwriters will be selected to participate in this year’s round.  

Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab is designed for Arab independent screenwriters working on their first or second feature narrative screenplay. It offers them the opportunity to develop their screenplays under the guidance of veteran screenwriters. The latter, known as Creative Advisors, will have one-on-one intensive story sessions and conversations with the participants about their projects to embrace their vision and to help them find the most compelling way to tell their stories.

The deadline for applications is on June 15th, 2015. 

To apply and for further information please visit: www.film.jo/rawi
Or write to:
 rawi@film.jo   
You can also reach the Royal Film Commission at: +962 6 461 3835


 

2.   Call for submissions: The Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation- Call for Project Market Amman 2015

Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes for international cooperation between young German and Arab filmmakers to realize a joint film project. The prizes, each worth up to 70,000 euros, are awarded in the following categories: short animation, documentary, and short fiction film.

Eligible are teams of young filmmakers coming from an Arab country (one of the 22 member states of the Arab League) and Germany and who are in the beginning of their career. The film should be produced in Germany as well as in the partner country, stressing in particular the aspect of intercultural exchange.

To facilitate the team finding process Project Markets are held with partner institutions in the Arab World.
 

The Project Market Amman

From June 13 to 16, 2015 the Project Market Amman introducing the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung takes place in Amman, Jordan in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC).

Up to ten young directors from the Middle East, Iraq and the Gulf are invited to participate in the Project Market Amman to meet with up to ten German producers. The Robert Bosch Stiftung will cover all costs for travel, accommodation and catering.

During four days, a diverse program will offer the filmmakers from the Arab World and Germany various occasions to get to know each other, to introduce each other’s work, to talk in detail about the directors’ project and to exchange knowledge and experiences. Joint events and excursions will help to intensify the newly acquainted contacts.

The meetings between directors and producers do not necessarily have to result in a partnership but can help to gain experience of an international co-production market and extend the network. In the event that a team is formed, the first step towards preparing for a joint application for the following round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung is created.

Who can participate in the Project Market?

Young directors in the beginning of their career and students or graduated students from film and media academies being Arab nationals from the Middle East, Iraq and the Gulf can apply for the Project Market if they have a project in development in the above-mentioned categories (short animation, documentary, and short fiction film). Applicants must be able to communicate in English.

How to apply

To participate in the Project Market Amman, filmmakers must register at the Online Project Market (http://filmfoerderpreis.boschstiftung-portal.de/new/) and fill in and upload all requested data. Out of all submissions, up to ten projects will be selected by a selection committee consisting of members of the RFC and the Film Prize Team to participate in the Project Market Amman.

Deadline of submission: Projects submitted by April 12, 2015 at the Online Project Market will be considered as applicants for the Project Market Amman.

Notice of selection: May 10, 2015

The communication language of the entire Film Prize program is English.

For further details on the Film Prize, please visit www.filmprize.de.

For further information about the Project Market Amman, please contact the Royal Film Commission – Jordan, telephone +962 6 4613835, email: projectmarket@film.jo


 

3.   Call for applications: PriMed International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage 2015 

International Festival of Mediterranean documentary Film and Reportage is open to all directors, producers and distributors who, through their programmes or films, contribute to a better understanding of the countries of the Mediterranean basin in its widest sense, from the Atlantic coasts to the Black Sea. The audiovisual works presented should be about the culture, heritage, history, societies and life of the men and women living in Mediterranean countries. They must not contain any form of advertising or propaganda. Each work can only be entered for one category, and the choice must be clearly indicated in the application form.

Rules and regulations:

The presented works:

  • Must have been produced after January 1st, 2013 .
  • Must not have already been submitted to a previous edition of PriMed.
  • In the case of a documentary series or a film with more than one episode, only one episode can be submitted.
  • In the case of a co-production, the programme may only be entered into the competition by one of the producers, with prior agreement from the other partners. The name of all the co-producers must be included in the application form.
The deadline for applications is on April 10th, 2015.

 To apply please visit the festival’s website: http://primed.tv/?lang=en


 

4.   Call for submissions: The 5th Malmo Arab Film Festival 2015

Submissions are now open for the 5th Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF) taking place in Malmö, Sweden between October 2 and 6, 2015.

The 5th annual festival will include competition sections in the categories feature films, documentaries and short films, including the new panoramas North Films, Antiracism, Orient Films and Algeria in focus.

The competing films in Malmo Arab Film Festival should not be produced before 2014. However, you can submit your film for the Panorama section regardless of the year of production.

MAFF is an annual film festival. The festival screen features, short films and documentaries from all over the world, and arranges workshops, seminars, celebrations and gathering - as always with intimate encounters between audiences, critics, film makers and actors.

The deadline for submissions is on April 30th, 2015.

To apply and for more details on rules and regulations please visit: http://maffswe.com/submit-2015/


 

5.   Call for entries: The 57th Bilabao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films

Bilbao City Hall, in cooperation with the Bizkaia Provincial Council, the Basque Government Department of Culture and the Ministry of Culture (ICAA) announce the staging of the 57th Bilabao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films.

The festival will be held in Bilbao from November 13th until November 20th 2015.

Rules and regulations:

Only the following may take part in the Festival:

  • Films completed after to January 1st 2014.
  • There are three categories for Competition: Fiction, Documentary and Animation. 
  • Films entered for the competition may last no longer than 45 minutes. The Selection Committee reserves the right to accept longer films and video productions in special cases.
  • The Selection Committee will be appointed by the Festival Management, and will be charged with selecting films to take part and programming them.
  • Films must be entered by their producers or their legal representatives. Entries should include the entry form and the information that the producer will consider necessary.
  • The documentation should be in Basque, Spanish or English. Copies for selection only will be acceptable on DVD or download in both Movibeta and Festhome platforms.
The deadline for entries is on August 15th, 2015.

For further information please visit the festival’s website: http://zinebi.com/57/en/

To apply and for more details on rules and regulations please visit: http://zinebi.com/57/wp-content/uploads/ZINEBI_57_bases.pdf


 

6.   Call for submissions: The 5th Annual Arlington International Film Festival 2015

Submissions are now open for the 5th Annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), which will take place from October 15th until 22nd, 2015 at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge.

AIFF was founded in 2010, its mission being “to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers”. AIFF is a juried festival and welcomes submissions of feature length and short films in all genres.

 Rules and regulations:

  • Submission Categories: AIFF screens both national and international features and shorts and accepts films of all genres, all selected with a focus on our mission of fostering appreciation for different cultures through independent film. (Features: 41 min or longer / Shorts: 40 min or less).
  • SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS “SHORTS’ CATEGORY: Students must be enrolled in high school and be 18 years of age or under. All genres of shorts are accepted with a maximum length of 30 min. Guidelines for Student submissions are the same with one exception, entry fees are waived. http://youtu.be/IjhMZfDJJk0
  • Film must not be available for video or internet distribution prior to October 15, 2015.
  • Film must be in original language with English subtitles.
  • Film must have been completed production within the last two years.

Submission Deadlines and Fees:
  • Early: March 31 / Features: US$35 / Shorts: US$15
  • Regular: April 30 / Features: US$50 / Shorts: US$30
  • Late: May 30 / Features: US$65 / Shorts: US$45
To apply and for further information please visit the festival’s website: www.AIFFest.org


 

The Royal Film Commission was established in 2003 to promote the audio-visual industry in Jordan. Tel: +962-6 4642266  e-mail: info@film.jo  www.film.jo