OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 131–April 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 opportunity at the Royal Film Commission-Jordan: Film House Library Officer
- Call for applications: The 10th Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab
- Call for submissions: Jordanian Short Movie Competition
- Call for submissions: JoAnimate Animated Short Film Competition
- Call for submissions: Aan Korb 2014 – BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival
- Call for applications: Beirut Film Station 2015
- Call for submissions: Paris Coproduction Village 2014
- Call for submissions: The 8th Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival 2014
- Call for entries: Berlinale Talents- (Talents Beirut 2014)
- Call for entries: The 5th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival
- Call for submissions: The 19th Edition of Milano Film Festival
- Call for entries: The 2nd Edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival
1. Job opportunity at the Royal Film Commission- Jordan: Film House Library Officer
Film House Library Officer
The incumbent is responsible for providing research service and maintenance of the library in addition to providing adequate services for the library users. The incumbent reports to the Communication and Culture Manager.
- Manage the planning, administrative and budgetary functions of library.
- Develop plans to accomplish long and short-term goals for the Library.
- Help in establishing and implementing library information and policies.
- Design marketing plan by assessing activities and needs to make the library a dynamic attractive place.
- Continuous research to keep the library updated with monthly or yearly budget.
- Order materials and follow up on invoices and delivery.
- Provide effective access to library collections and resources.
- Maintain the organization of library material, including the inventory.
- Write proposals and yearly budget planning for the library and the library activities.
- Provide library services in response to the information needs of the library users.
- Provide monthly reports related to library services based on analysis and evaluation of the library users and resources demands.
- Assist in the screening program: selection of films, providing assessment on the films, and managing the screening as per the schedule provided by supervisor.
- Perform any other task that may be assigned by the supervisor.
- At least 4 years of work experience, preferably in a media or culture-related activity.
- University degree preferably in arts.
- Excellent communication skills both written and oral, in Arabic and English.
- Very good cinema culture.
- Cooperative, innovative and autonomous.
- Knowledge in library policies, procedures, methods and professional standards.
- Excellent in research and information gathering methods.
Please send your application to the following email: email@example.com no later than 30 April 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.
- 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.
Please fill in the online Application Form in English and send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
You can also call the Royal Film Commission at: +962 6 461 3835 ext. 108
3. Call for submissions: Jordanian Short Movie 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 20th edition of the Franco-Arab Film Festival which will be held in Amman from the 15th to the 21st of June 2014.
The Franco-Arab Film Festival is calling for Jordanian short films (documentary and narrative) to compete. Prizes will be announced during the closing reception on the 21st of June 2014.
Rules and Regulations:
- The competition is open to independent filmmakers residing in Jordan or abroad. Either the director or the producer should be Jordanian.
- The film should not exceed 20 minutes.
- The film has to have been produced in 2013 or 2014.
- Each filmmaker can submit one film only.
- Only narratives and documentaries can be submitted. Animated films or experimental films will not be accepted.
- It is requested that the film be subtitled in English or French if it is in Arabic, or subtitled in Arabic if it is in English or French.
- The filmmaker should provide 2 DVD copies of the film (which will not be returned) to the aforementioned address, along with the following :
- An application form in Arabic or in English which can be found on the RFC website www.film.jo, covering technical details regarding the film, synopsis and the filmmaker’s information.
- A poster or a screen shot of the film.
There will be four valuable prizes in cash or kind: a jury prize and a public prize, for both narrative and documentary categories.
In addition, the RFC will offer a one-year subscription at the Film House’s Library to short-listed candidates.
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, Jebel Amman, 1st circle, 5 Omar bin Al Khattab Street Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. Tel: 064642266
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan
PO Box 811991 Amman 1181 Jordan
The deadline for submissions is on May 15, 2014.
For further information, please contact Marian Nakho from the Royal Film Commission-Jordan at the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and 06 4642266 ext. 23
4. Call for submissions: JoAnimate Animated Short Film Competition
For its second run in Amman- Jordan, JoAnimate Animation Festival will be taking place in June It is a four-day festival that will include open sessions, workshops, film screenings and a short film competition.
The Animated Short Film Competition is accepting submissions from all over the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) with multiple awards being granted across various categories. Participants’ short films will be screened to the public during the festival in a film screening event and prizes will be given to the winners that will be chosen by a qualified jury.
Rules and regulations:
- The contest is open to all. College students or professionals (Non corporate work).
- Duration should not exceed 10 minutes including titles.
- Films can be based on any theme or genre; it's the way you create the story that matters.
- This competition is open for everyone from the MENA region (living or from).
- Films can be in any language (subtitles in English or Arabic is preferred).
- The filmmaker is responsible for getting any permission for use of trademarks, copyrights or any other properties (including but not limited to logos, characters, images & music) in his/her or their short film.
- No obscenity/nudity/swearing/excessive violence. Films deemed obscene or defamatory will be disqualified.
- Applicants may submit as many entries/films for the contest. But each entry/film must be submitted separately with its own submission form.
- Please make sure the format is in PAL/HD (HD is preferred).
- No submissions will be returned. Please send "only" the copy and not the original.
- The selected entries would be screened at a screening event announced at a later date.
- All entries must include a completed application form with the movie on a DVD delivered by hand or sent by Email (please contact the competition if you would like to send us your submission(s) by mail).
The deadline for submissions is on June 6th, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website:
For additional information or inquiries, please write to Mohammad Abusharif- Film Competition Coordinator: email@example.com - Phone no.: +962 79 8232783
OR write to: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
5. Call for submissions: Aan Korb 2014 – BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival
Aan Korb is a new film and documentary festival for London by BBC Arabic in partnership with the
British Council. The festival will take place at the BBC Radio Theatre from 31 October – 3 November 2014.
The festival is particularly keen to receive interesting and original entries from young people aged 18 to 30. BBC Arabic will reward the most promising young person with an award worth up to £10,000. This will include training, mentoring and equipment. There is the potential for their project to be commissioned by the BBC – and this is a really great opportunity.
Rules and regulations:
Submissions are now open for the following categories:
- Feature Films must be over 40 minutes in duration and a work of fiction.
- Short Films must be between 3 minutes and 40 minutes in duration and may cover fiction, experimental and animation films.
- Documentaries must be a work of non-fiction and be between 25 minutes and 90 minutes in duration
- Investigative journalism reports must be a work of non-fiction and must be between 10 and 50 minutes in length.
- Citizen journalism reports must be a work of non- fiction. Work submitted must be between 3 minutes and 30 minutes in duration. The Citizen Journalism category will recognise non-professional reporters, journalists and film makers whose reports or video footage of a current affairs story are ground-breaking and reveal something new.
The deadline for submissions is on May 2nd, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website: www.bbcarabic.com/aankorb
6. Call for applications: Beirut Film Station 2015
Goethe-Institut and Ashkal Alwan are pleased to announce, for the second year, a residency program for all young filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa.
The program is designed to support them in their professional careers by providing technical equipment and a space for work in which they can complete their projects. Along with the support, the program aims to set up a platform for all talented filmmakers to network, exchange experience and get exposure to other filmmakers in the region and Europe.
In 2014, hundred and eighty-seven applications were received. The jury selected eleven residents coming from Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, Egypt and Palestine. The residents have accomplished working on their films and benefited from each other’s experiences.
Rules and regulations:
The application is open for those who have already professional work experience and who plan to realize a film project or part of it (pre-production, production or post-production).
Beirut Film Station provides an artistically inspiring atmosphere in the middle of Beirut as well as time and space to work on the project under stress-free conditions, including basic technical equipment.
The deadline for applications is on May 30th, 2014. A jury will select the candidates for the year 2015, who will be announced on September 17th, 2014.
Those who are interested to take part in this opportunity can apply online, via Beirut Film Station’s website: http://beirut-filmstation.org.
To consult Beirut Film Station staff, please contact phone: +961- 1 -446092 ext. 205 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please visit the website: http://beirut-filmstation.org
7. Call for submissions: Paris Coproduction Village 2014
Paris Coproduction Village is a new development and financing platform for feature projects selected worldwide organized by Les Arcs European Film Festival and Champs-Elysées Film Festival. The event aims at encouraging European professionals to get involved in international co-productions.
During this two-day event, 12 to 15 international film projects destined for French or European coproduction will be presented to producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers and fund representatives. In addition, the 6 residents of the Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation will join the project selection.
Participants will benefit from one-to-one pre-scheduled meetings, networking events, as well as seminars taught by leading film industry professionals.
This platform complements the 3rd edition of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival's US-IN-PROGRESS programme which screens 4 US feature films in late stage of post-production seeking sales representatives.
Paris Coproduction Village is supported by the Ile-de-France region and organized in collaboration with our partners Cannes - Cinéfondation, Variety, ACE, EAVE, Europa International, Europa Distribution and Ecran Total.
Rules and regulations:
- Only feature-length projects (fiction, animation and documentary) with director and script attached are eligible.
- All applications must be submitted by a production company and have secured (or under negotiation) financing from their home territory.
- Projects should not have French partners attached when submitted.
The deadline for submissions is on April 18, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website: www.pariscopro.com
8. Call for submissions: The 8th Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival 2014
The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) is now accepting submissions for its eighth annual festival to be held in Boston in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in October 2014.
BPFF seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people. Cinema offers a powerful means of interpreting the collective identity, historic struggle, and surreal life circumstances and challenges that Palestinians throughout the world presently face.
Rules and regulations:
- BPFF showcases the diverse and creative work of all filmmakers (any nationality, any age) exploring both historic and contemporary themes related to Palestinian culture, experience, and narrative.
- BPFF accepts films in the following categories:
- Submitted works can be of any length. Films 40 minutes and longer will be considered features. Films shorter than 40 minutes will be considered shorts.
- All foreign language entries must be subtitled in English. Submitted works should have been produced between 2009 and 2014. Any works currently in production may be submitted as rough cuts. Selected works must be provided in final form with English subtitles no later than September 15, 2014.
April 15, 2014: Submission of all entries due (Incomplete entries will not be considered.)
July 31, 2014: Selection/final status notices sent out (either from BPFF or from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Film Department).
Sept. 15, 2014: All works selected for the Festival are due to BPFF and/or the MFA in final form with English subtitles for receipt by this date (no exceptions).
For further information please visit the website: http://www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org
To submit you film please visit the website or: : www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/submissions
For further inquiries please contact: email@example.com
9. Call for entries: Berlinale Talents- (Talents Beirut 2014)
The first edition of Talents Beirut will be held in Beirut between the 18th and the 21st of September 2014 and will focus on cinematography, film editing, sound design and score composition. The focus has been set on these key aspects of filmmaking as very few in the Arab World have addressed such facets of film production.
Talents Beirut is an initiative of Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille.
It is a project that aims to support film talents from the Arab World, allowing them to reflect on their own works by connecting with other emerging and confirmed talents, and by discovering new ways to approach the art of film making, whether from technical or theoretical point of views.
It is a branch of the Berlinale Talents (formally known as the Berlinale Talent Campus) which invites every year more than 300 talents from the four corners of the globe during the Berlin International Film Festival to meet film experts and discuss film related matters, such as production distribution and filmmaking at large.
Rules and regulations:
- Applicants have to submit a complete application, including a sample of work. Please note that the application is individual and no team applications are accepted. Applicants must have obtained the consent of the other copyright owners for the use of the work sample submitted.
- Working in one of these areas: cinematography, editing, sound design/score composition.
- Applicants must have directly contributed to at least one short film with a credit as cinematographer, editor or sound designer/score composer, this film was screened at a recognized film festival, OR have worked on this film with afore-mentioned credit as a student at a film school or in a film programme.
- Applicants must be a citizen of one of the following Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. They must be residing in one of these countries and be at least 18 years of age by September 2014. Participants must be fluent in
either French or English in addition to Arabic.
The deadline for entries is on May 23, 2014.
To apply and for further information please visit the website: www.talents-beirut.com
10. Call for entries: The 5th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival
Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival (KLEX) is an exposition dedicated to showcasing independent and innovative films and videos. The festival focuses on experimental works that challenge conventional cinematic experiences. The festival will be taking place late November 2014.
Rules and regulations:
- KLEX 2014 accepts entries of works completed after 1 January, 2012. The festival accepts only DVD and online file transfer (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details) preview for submission.
- The preview and screening formats are: DVD and video data files only. (Please make a special request if you would like to screen your work in any other format.). There is no entry fee.
- Materials for Submission:
- A preview DVD (please write a title, running time, original format, your name and your email address on the disc)
- Online submission: Please contact email@example.com for details. It is preferable that you use the following file formats: mp4, mov and avi. No other formats will be accepted.
- A completed entry form
- A brief work’s description (below 200 words)
- A brief biography (below 100 words)
- 2 still images from the submitted work
*Though it’s possible to show longer works, but the festival prefers short works under 20 minutes.
- If you are submitting more than one work, you may have all works compiled into a single DVD, but please provide the entry forms and brief descriptions for each work. You can submit up to 3 pieces of work only.
The deadline for entries is on May 20, 2014.
Please mail your submission to:
Attention: Kok Siew-Wai
3, Jalan Waras 3, Taman Connaught, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
To fill the entry form or for further information please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: http://klexfilmfest.com
11. Call for submissions: The 19th Edition of Milano Film Festival
The 19th edition of Milano Film Festival (MFF) is calling for film submissions at the International
Feature Film Competition and the Short Film Competition.
Feature Film Competition
The competition is open to first and second films of any genre (fiction, documentaries, animation films, and experimental works), language, and format.
The films must be over 45 minutes and completed after January 1st, 2013.
Short Film Competition
The competition is open to film of any genre, language and format, completed after January 1st, 2013.
The competition is only open to directors born after May 31, 1974. The maximum running time for short films is 30 minutes.
State (T)error, the main out-of-competition section, is also open to documentaries of any format and running time.
Rules and Regulations:
- All applicants for the international feature or short film competitions will have to fill in the online submission form and send a DVD copy of the film, within the following 48 hours.
- The feature film competition is open to first and second films of any genre, language, format and running time, provided that they were completed after January 1st, 2013.
- The short film competition is open to films of any genre, language and format, provided that they were completed after January 1st, 2013. Please note that the short film competition is only open to film under 30 minutes (included) and to directors under 40 years at the time of the submission deadline (31st May 2014).
- The short film competition is open to films under 30 minutes (included). The feature film competition is open to films longer than 45 minutes. The Milano Film Festival will discuss borderline cases with the filmmakers/producers.
- Each filmmaker can send three short films and/or two feature films at most. Each DVD must contain only one submitted film.
- The filmmaker and/or producer authorize the publication of their data on the
website www.milanofilmfestival.it and on the catalogue, as well as their diffusion through the media for promotional purposes according to the law.
- For each film submitted, one free accreditation card will be made available.
The deadline for submissions is on 31 May 2014
For further information please visit the festival’s website: http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/about_eng.php
Full Rules and Regulations can be found on: http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/box.php?id=1141
For further information on the Rules and Regulations please write to: email@example.com
To apply for the Feature Film Competition please visit: http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/iscrizione/iscrizione_lungometraggi_eng.php
To apply for the Short Film Competition: http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/iscrizione/iscrizione_cortometraggi_eng.php
To apply for the State (T)error Section please visit: http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/iscrizione/iscrizione_colpe_di_stato_eng.php
12. Call for entries: The 2nd Edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival
Baku International Tourism Film Festival (BITFF) – is an annual non-profit cultural event that takes place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and international center of historical and cultural heritage. The second edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival will be held between 25 and 29 June 2014, at Baku.
The festival’s mission is to promote domestic and international tourism films. At the same time the festival seeks to help such material target the widest possible international audience. The entries which best contribute – through their content and artistic quality to the development of domestic and international tourism – will be awarded.
BITFF is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
BITFF is the member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT) based in Vienna, Austria.
The festival comprises of: Main competition / Out-of-competition screening.
Rules and regulations:
- Applications can be submitted by marketing and communication professionals from corporations and public relations agencies, services, public sector (ministries, city halls, and public institutions), film producers and film makers, production companies, multimedia companies, TV stations and students.
- To participate in the festival, the submitted material must be completed after 1 January 2012.
- To complete the entry you have to add at least three stills of the film and one picture of the director.
The deadline for entries is on May 1st, 2014.
For further information please visit the website: www.btiff.az or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For submission please use the official entry form on the website: http://www.bitff.az/entry-form Film DVD must be sent together with a completed, printed and signed entry form:
Baku International Tourism Film Festival
Moscow ave, 1.
AZ1012, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Phone: +99412 4982046
The Royal Film Commission was established in 2003 to promote the audio-visual industry in Jordan. Tel: +962-6-4642266 e-mail: email@example.com