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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Opportunities Bulletin #130 March

OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 130–March 2014

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:

  • Job opportunities at the Royal Film Commission-Jordan:
  • A)Social Media/ Screening Officer B)Cultural Space Supervisor
     
  • Call for applications: The 10th Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab
     
  • Call for proposals: Animation Co-Production Forum 2014 at the 21st Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film
     
  • Call for entries: The Sixth Edition of Baghdad International Film Festival (BIFF) 2014
     
  • Call for submission: Ismailia Documentary Co-Production Platform 2014
     
  • Call for submissions: Second Edition of the MADE in MED Short Film Contest
     
  • Call for applications: The Screen Institute Beirut Film Fund
     
  • Call for entries: Plural+ Youth Video Festival on Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion
     
  • Call for entries: Science Film Festival 2014
     
  • Call for submissions: Qabila Film Festival Calls for Short Films

  1. Job opportunities at the Royal Film Commission- Jordan:
  • Social Media/ Screening Officer
  • Cultural Space Supervisor


A) Social Media/ Screening Officer

The incumbent will report to the Communication and Culture Manager.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Institution’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other relevant social networks, with the aim of increasing RFC’s presence and followers.
  • Update the RFC’s website on a regular basis.
  • Work across departments to ensure proper messaging is being executed online and is relevant to RFC goals.
  • Manage online discussions by responding in a timely manner to users’ needs and requests.
  • Monitor the media on daily basis.
  • Monitor and track discussion topics; prepare content and statistical reports; online research on cinema related topics.
  • Assist in the screening program: selection of films and management of the screening (introduction, moderation) whenever required.

Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of work experience, preferably in a media or culture related activity.
  • University degree preferably in arts, journalism or IT.
  • Social media savvy and active on social networks.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral, in Arabic and English. Easiness to write properly and speak in public.
  • Large cinema culture and interest in non-commercial films (Arabic and foreign)
  • Detail-oriented and good organizational skills.
  • Cooperative with a team spirit, innovative and autonomous.

Please send your application to the following email:  recruitment@film.jo no later than 23

March 2014, and indicate clearly in the subject of your email the title of the position you are applying for.

  1. B) Cultural Space Supervisor

Under the direct supervision of the General Manager, the Cultural Space Supervisor will develop and supervise the Film House’s Cultural Space. He/she will have the opportunity to manage the Cultural Space. Performance will be measured against achieved targets, and succeeding in setting the Cultural Space.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a business plan, calculating costs, projecting sales, determining ongoing cash required, profit margins, establishing budgets.
  • Design a marketing plan by assessing competition and determining what would work for the Cultural Space.
  • Develop plans to accomplish long and short-term goals for the Cultural Space.
  • Assure that the policies and procedures of the Cultural Space are enforced.
  • Supervise employees working in the Cultural Space and prepare their work schedule ensuring that the Cultural Space is properly manned.
  • Schedule and receive food and beverage deliveries, checking delivery contents in order to verify product quality and quantity.
  • Responsible for resolving customer complaints to the customers’ satisfaction in a timely manner.
  • Plan and monitor food and beverages preparation methods, portion sizes, and presentation in order to ensure that food and beverages are prepared and presented in an acceptable manner.
  • Ensure that all staff are well aware of the various types, blends and flavours of tea and coffee that are available.
  • Ensure Cultural Space cleanliness and appearance levels.
  • Establish and monitor product displays, if any, in the Cultural Space.
  • In charge of the inventory as well as purchasing control policies and procedures for the Cultural Space.
  • Perform any other duties that may be required from time to time.

Qualifications:

  • BA degree, non-degree holders with extensive experience will be considered.
  • Excellent command of English
  • At least two years restaurant/café management experience.
  • Experience of project management, with a verifiable track record of personal achievement.
  • Background or previous experience in culture or the arts a plus.
  • Highly organized and target driven with the ability to supervise staff and work independently.
  • Knowledge of film industry is a plus.

Please send your application to the following email:  recruitment@film.jo no later than 25th

March 2014, and indicate clearly in the subject of your email the title of the position you are applying for.

2. Call for applications: The 10th Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab

The Royal Film Commission- Jordan, in consultation with the Sundance Institute, welcomes applications to the tenth round of Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab. The Lab will take place from October

28th to November 2nd, 2014 in Jordan whereby up to eight screenwriters will be selected to participate in this year’s round.

Eligibility:

  • Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab is open for screenwriters, co-writers, or writers/directors.
  • Screenwriters working on their first or second narrative feature screenplay can apply.
  • Applicants must submit a complete narrative feature screenplay.
  • Only Arab screenwriters/filmmakers are eligible to apply, regardless of their country of residence.

To Apply:

Please fill in the online Application Form in English and send it to  rawi@film.jo Please enclose the following (soft copy only, word format and in English):

  • Cover letter introducing yourself and your project (e.g.: Why are you applying to the program? Are you collaborating with a co-writer or a director on the project? Do you intend to direct the project and what is the status of the project at the stage of submission).
  • Complete feature narrative screenplay that must include a title page with the project title, name of the writer as well as the project registration number.

Please make sure the script is registered.

Note: Screenplays are to be admitted in English.

Screenplays in Arabic will be initially considered provided that the applicant send in an English translation once requested to do so by Rawi team at a later stage.

  • Logline: a one-line sentence description of the project.
  • Synopsis: one full A4 page.
  • Filmmaker’s statement; please describe your vision and creative approach to the project and why you want to tell this story.
  • Screenwriter’s biography.
  • Online links of your previous works (short, feature or documentary). Please make sure all previous works submitted have English subtitles. Please do not send DVDs unless requested by the Rawi Team.

The deadline for submission is June 15th, 2014.

To apply and for further information please visit:  www.film.jo/rawi , or write to:  rawi@film.jo

You can also call the Royal Film Commission at: +962 6 461 3835 ext. 108

  1. Call for proposals: Animation Co-Production Forum 2014 at the 21st Stuttgart

Festival of Animated Film

Following the success of the Animation Co-Production Forum in the last years, the 21st Stuttgart

Festival of Animated Film and the Robert Bosch Stiftung organize the Animation Co-Production Forum 2014 from April 25-27, highlighting the Arab World (the countries of the Arab League). The Animation Forum connects animation filmmakers from Germany and the Arab World, to

promote young and strong co-productions. This makes the Animation Co-Production Forum the perfect opportunity for young directors and producers from Germany and the Arab World, who would like to apply for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation.

The Forum is aimed at animation filmmakers who are interested in producing or co-producing an animated film project. The selected filmmakers get the opportunity to present their animation film projects to a professional jury during a pitching session and receive an evaluation of their projects. Thereby the Animation Co-Production Forum offers a chance to create new co-productions. Also several meetings, workshops, consultings and matching sessions will be held within the scope of the forum.

The winner of the Animation Co-Production Forum is automatically nominated for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation.

A detailed description of this competition, the rules and regulations, the application form and further information concerning the award of the Robert Bosch Stiftung are available at:  http://filmfoerderpreis.bosch-stiftung.de/content/language2/html/index.as

Rules and Regulations:

Who can participate?

  • Young producers, animators, and directors from Germany and the Arab World1are eligible for participation.
  • Producers may not submit own projects. They will be brought into contact with submitted projects through particular matching events.
  • The application should be submitted by a producer, animator or director.
  • About ten animated short film projects will be selected from the Arab World.

Requirements:

Directors, animators:

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Produced films on DVD3
  • Two page project outline in English
  • Synopsis or script of the film
  • Film budget (if possible)

Producers:

  • Application form
  • CV
  • List of produced films (if possible with DVD3)

Participants should satisfy the following requirements:

  • Good knowledge of English
  • Basic film education
  • Minimum two completed works (e.g. video art, short film, clip)
  • Complete set of documents

All the above-mentioned documents should be submitted in English. Incomplete applications automatically lead to dismissal from the competition.

The deadline for applications is March 19, 2014

To apply and for further information please visit:  http://www.itfs.de/fileadmin/2_CallForProposal_and_Application_Formular.pdf

4. Call for entries: The Sixth Edition of Baghdad International Film Festival (BIFF)

2014

The 6th edition of the Baghdad International Film Festival (BIFF), scheduled to take place on

October 13rd-19th 2014 in Baghdad, has launched its call for entries. The Festival is looking for short-form, documentary, and feature film submissions in all genres.

Selected films from the Guests of Honor countries will be screened in the Panorama section. This section features a selection of films produced in the guest of honor country and hosts seminars and meetings about the country’s cinema, history, culture and filmmaker.

BIFF Program:

Official Competitions: There are three: for Long Fiction, Short Fiction and Documentaries.

Panorama: This non-competitive section screens a selection of films produced in the country selected to be the “guest of honor”. Seminars are also organized to provide information about this country`s cinema, history, culture and film-makers.

New Horizons: This section is reserved for Iraqi film-makers, encouraging in particular students who have graduated from the Faculty and Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces.

Human Images: This section awards a prize for the best films on human rights in Iraq and the world. It aims to encourage Iraqi and non-Iraqi film-makers to deal with this issue and use cinema to highlight the reality of people, in Iraq and elsewhere, who suffer from the violation of human rights. A particular focus on the rights of women and children is encouraged.

Arab Women Filmmakers: This section is reserved for Iraqi and Arab women film-makers in order

to encourage them to be part of the cinema business and demonstrate how they have been able to overcome difficulties and obstacles, competing equally with their male colleagues.

Photography Exhibition: This non-competitive event provides space for photographers to exhibit their work under the title “Baghdad stands up again.” Photography may focus on a number of themes, including social life, cultural life, people, children, women, nature, and landscape.

Rules and Regulations:

  • All sections, with the exception of the Iraqi Film Competition (New Horizons), are open to filmmakers from all nations.
  • No entry fee is required to submit your film to the Festival and no charges on the festival for the projections.
  • Submissions must include the following materials:
  • Two multi-zone or region-free DVD copies of the film with English or Arabic subtitles. Each DVD must be clearly marked with the film’s title, director’s name, year, country of production, and running time.
  • Press materials, including production credit list, synopsis in English and/or Arabic, director’s biography, director’s filmography, high-resolution photograph of the director, one printed full-color still, poster and any other relevant background information on the film.
  • All pictures should be sent in jpg format only.
  • All the supporting materials should be sent by email to the address indicated.
  • The cost of shipping an entry must be paid by the entrant.
  • Submissions should be sent to the address below in envelopes clearly marked with “For cultural use only” and “No commercial value” postmarked.

Baghdad International Film Festival
P.o Box 55503 -Baghdad post office
Baghdad –IRAQ

The deadline for submissions is on June 1, 2014

For further info please visit:  www.baghdadfilmfest.com

Full Rules and Regulations can be found on:  http://www.baghdadfilmfest.com/pages/RULES201

To submit your film please visit:  http://www.baghdadfilmfest.com/festival/2014/submi

For more information please contact:  contact@baghdadfilmfest.com OR  baghdadfestival@gmail.com

5. Call for submission: Ismailia Documentary Co-Production Platform 2014

The Ismailia International Documentary and Short Film Festival is opening a call for projects for the second round of the Ismailia Platform, the co-production forum of the festival. The event is exclusively dedicated to documentary films from all over the Arab world. International projects that have an Egyptian or Arab connection are also welcome to apply.

The Ismailia Co-production Platform (ICP) will take place on June 5,6 and 7, 2014. Filmmakers from all over the world, who have a project with “an Arab connection” (director, producer, co-producer, main talent, location, subject matter, etc…) are encouraged to apply with feature-length creative documentaries either at the development or post-production phase.

The goal of the co-production platform is to support new and emerging filmmakers to make their projects see the light. The Ismailia International Film Festival wants to support creativity, imagination and freedom of expression.

The festival will select approximately 8-10 projects in development and 2-4 works-in-progress. The deadline for applications is April 15th, 2014. The ICP will then invite the project representatives, producer and director, to come to Ismailia for 3 days during which they will have a schedule of one-to-one meetings with Egyptian producers, distributors, as well as with international producers, sales agents and distributors. Most importantly they will also meet with ICP’s jury members, who will choose the projects that will win the development grants and the funding.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014

For further information please visit the festival’s website:  http://www.ismailiafilmfest.com/ismailia

To apply please find the application form on: http://www.ismailiafilmfest.com/downloads

and send it to the following email:  industry@ismailiafilmfest.com

6. Call for submissions: Second Edition of the MADE in MED Short Film Contest

After a successful first edition, the European Union's Euromed Audiovisual III programme is now launching the second edition of its MADE in MED short film contest.

The contest aims to boost dialogue between the European Union and countries of the South Mediterranean region.

The MADE in MED short film contest is open to filmmakers originally from or living in the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia.

Rules and regulations:

  • Any author, production company, training institution or independent director can submit one sh film only to the contest.
  • Particular attention will be given to works that:
  • Underline the importance of human rights, as well as the importance of dialogue and tolerance.
  • Provide new, original and innovative perspective on the themes of integration, immigration and the threat of conflict.
  • Raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment, part of the region's natural heritage.
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
  • Explore the collective imaginary and mutual representations.
  • Underline the diversity and richness of peoples of both sides of the Mediterranean.
  • Highlight the right to difference.
  • Admitted genres: Fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental short films.
  • Genres not admitted: All others.
  • Length: Films must be 2 to 10 minutes long.
  • Formats: Films can have been shot in digital or film format, or designed in Adobe Flash file format. They should be submitted to the contest in one of the following formats: *.mp[e]g / *.avi / *.vob / *.mov / *.mp4.
  • Languages: Films must have been shot in English, Arabic, or French. Films in any other language must be subtitled in English, French or Arabic.
  • Year of production: Films must have been produced after November 2010.

The deadline for submissions is March 28, 2014

Full Rules and Regulation and full information can be found on:  http://euromedaudiovisuel.net/Files/2014/02/12/1392200275524.pdf

To apply please find the application form on:  http://www.reelport.com/index.php?id=275

For further information, please send an email to:  madeinmed@euromedaudiovisuel.net

7. Call for applications: The Screen Institute Beirut Film Fund

The Screen Institute Beirut Film Fund offers documentary production grants to emerging and proven talents in the region. Applicants are encouraged to produce films based on stories that relate to their own realities. Priority will be given to creative teams (directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound recordists & designers etc.) working together on realizing their artistic visions and thereby contribute to strengthen independent filmmaking in the region. The documentary grants enable low-budget films to be produced, finalized and distributed by offering crucial financial support, access to professional equipment, mentoring and professional advice.

Financial support will be granted on the basis of a budget that reflects realistic, low-budget costs in the country of production. Projects will have to secure additional finance from other sources.

For each successful project, the Film Fund set up specific demands and milestones that the applicants have to meet. The grants will be released in predetermined installments and contingent on the project having met the agreed goals. The final installment will only be released when the film is completely finished and account have been submitted and approved.

The deadline for submissions is on 31 March 2014

For further information please visit:  http://www.screeninstitutebeirut.org/index.html

To apply please find the application form on:  http://www.screeninstitutebeirut.org/apply.html

8. Call for entries: Plural+ Youth Video Festival on Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations ( UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration

( IOM) invite you to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: Migration, Diversity and Social inclusion.

Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, and human rights, both at local and global levels. Young people up to 25 years old are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length.

PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression of their opinions by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ not only provides young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues, but also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that youth are powerful and creative agents of social change.

Rules and regulations:

Eligibility

  • Entrants to PLURAL+ must be youth between the ages of 9-25.
  • The Entrant is the one person responsible for submitting the video.
  • People appearing in the video do not have to be youth. However the videos must reflect the youth’s opinions or reflections about migration, diversity and social inclusion.
  • Multiple youth may work together to make one video, as long as all members of the group are between the ages of 9-25.
  • Other people involved in the making of the video (e.g. educators, teachers, instructors, etc.) might be over 25 as long as their creative role is minimal (group coordination, technical support, renting equipment, etc.)
  • If multiple youth work together on one video then the video will be judged in the age category of the eldest youth.
  • Immediate family members (siblings, children and grandchildren) of jurors for the PLURAL+ Video Festival are not eligible to enter the Video Festival.

Subject

  • No video may contain vulgarity, violence, defamatory language or any other subject deemed by the PLURAL+ Video Festival organizers to be inappropriate for the tone of the competition.
  • Videos must pertain to the topics of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and related topics.
  • Reflecting on these topics, videos should show the youth’s thoughts, experiences, opinions, questions and suggestions.
  • Videos may be of whatever type, style or genre that the entrant wishes – animated,

documentary, drama, music video, comedy etc.

  • Videos should reflect the aims of the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, which are: recognizing youth as agents of social change; involving youth in addressing questions on migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social inclusion wherever they be in the world.

Requirements:

Format

  • Preferably all videos should be submitted on DVDs, or through a file hosting website of choice (MediaFire, YouSendit, WeTransfer, etc.)
  • Videos that are not in English must have English subtitles.
  • All videos must be 5 minutes maximum of running time, including title and end credits.

Consent and Copyright

  • All videos must be accompanied by a signed entry form.
  • If the entrant is a minor in his/her country of residence then the entry form must be co-signed by the entrant’s parent, guardian, teacher or adult responsible for the entrant(s)..
  • Entrants must get the consent of everyone appearing in their videos if their faces are recognizable.
  • Entrants must get the consent of everyone whose music is used in their videos unless consent is not needed (due to lack of copyright etc.).
  • Entrants must get the consent of everyone whose copyrighted, patented or trademarked material appears in their videos.
  • Videos do not have to have been made specifically for the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, but videos must have been completed after January 2012.

Submissions

  • All entries must include a fully completed and signed entry form, including co-signature by a parent, guardian, teacher or responsible adult if the entrant is a minor in his/her country of residence.
  • If submitting a DVD, each package must contain:
    • The fully completed entry form
    • The DVD of the video
    • All DVDs must have the name of the entrant and the English title of the video printed on top of the DVD in permanent marker.
    • Videos must be sent to:
      PLURAL+
      United Nations – Alliance of Civilizations Chrysler Building
      405 Lexington Ave, 5th Floor New York, NY 10174 USA, Phone: +1 212-457-179

The deadline for video submission is 27 June, 2014

For further information please visit the website:  http://pluralplus.unaoc.org

OR  http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=43819250e3b1e04ae4aeae856&id=7e7232290

Full rules and regulations can be found on:  http://pluralplus.unaoc.org/submit/rules

To apply please find the entry form on:  http://pluralplus.unaoc.org/submit

9. Call for entries: Science Film Festival 2014

This year the Science Film Festival takes place internationally from October 13 until December 14 and the theme in 2014 is “FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES”.

The festival invites all filmmakers, producers and broadcasters to submit their films and programmes to the festival. Entries are welcome on all subjects and for all ages.

The Science Film Festival reached over 440 000 visitors in 11 countries in Southeast Asia and the Middle East in 2013.

Full rules and regulations can be found on: http://www.goethe.de/ins/th/prj/wif/en12213869.htm

The deadline for submitting the application form is by March 31, 2014.

A pre-screening copy should arrive at the Goethe-Institut in Bangkok no later than April 04, 2014.

Goethe-Institut Thailand
Science Film Festival
18/1 Soi Goethe, Sathorn Soi 1
Bangkok 10120
THAILAND

Or electronically in case of upload to: sciencefilmsecretary@bangkok.goethe.org

For further information please visit the festival’s website: http://www.goethe.de/ins/th/prj/wif/enindex.htm

To apply please find the application form on:  http://www.goethe.de/ins/th/prj/wif/en12134487.htm

10. Call for submissions: Qabila Film Festival Calls for Short Films

The Qabila Short Film Festival is calling for short films from all over the world for its second edition to be held in Egypt this May.

Short films selected for the international competition will compete for three prizes: Best Short

Fiction, Best Short Documentary and Best Short Animation.

There will also be two awards for Egyptian filmmakers: Best Director and Best First Film.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2012.
  • Directors should be aged between 16 and 36 years old at the time of submission.
  • Films can be submitted from any country around the world.
  • Submitted films should be between one and 30 minutes in length.
  • Submitted films can be fiction, animation or documentary.

The deadline for submissions is on April 4, 2014

For further information please visit the festival’s website:  http://qabilafilmfestival.com

To submit your film please visit:  http://qabilafilmfestival.com/submit

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