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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Opportunities Bulletin #132 May

OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 132–May 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:

  • Call for applications: The 10th Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab
     
  • Call for submissions: 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival Calls for Films
     
  • Call for submissions: Catalonia Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival Seeks Films
     
  • Call for submissions: San Francisco Arab Film Festival Seeks Films
     
  • Call for applications: Euromed Audiovisual Calls for Script Editors and Scriptwriters
     
  • Call for entries: "MENA goes Berlin"/A Training Project for Documentary Filmmakers
     
  • Call for submissions: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Calls for Documentaries
     
  • Call for entries: The 10th Cinematographic Framework of Hergla
     
  • Call for entries: The 2nd AegeanDocs International Documentary Film Festival
     
  • Call for submissions: 3- Minute Video Contest about Korea

1. 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

2. Call for submissions: 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival Calls for Films

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) is calling for films for its eighth edition to be held from October

23 to November 1st 2014.

Entries are now open for all categories: feature length or short narrative, animation and documentary films.

The selected films will play in the following sections: narrative competition, documentary competition, New Horizons competition, short films competition and Emirates film competition for short films from the UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The "Best Film from the Arab World”, “Best Director from the Arab World” and “Best Documentary Film from the Arab World” awards may be given only to individuals, productions or co-productions from one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE or Yemen.

Eligibility:

  • Priority will be given to world and international premieres.
  • Films from outside the GCC region must be regional Middle East and North Africa (MENA) premieres whilst films from within the GCC must be U.A.E. premieres.

  • All sections, with the exception of the Emirates Film Competition and awards pertaining to the Arab world, are open to entries from all nations.
  • Only first and second feature-length narrative films are eligible for the New Horizons Competition.
  • Films may not have been released or publicly exhibited before 1 November 2014. Exceptions may be made.
  • Unless approved in advance by the Festival, films may not be publicly broadcast via TV,

Internet or otherwise, prior to or during the Festival’s 2014 edition.

  • Narrative feature films must have a running time of 60 minutes or more. Documentary feature films must have a running time of 52 minutes or more. Short films must not have a running time more than 35 minutes.

Requirements:

  • All entries must be submitted by completing the entry form and mailing a DVD of the film for arrival at the Festival offices by 20 July 2014.
  • Work-in-progress projects may be submitted but final version of the film must arrive at Festival by 1 August 2014.

Submissions are to be sent to :

Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Attention: Programming Department
Abu Dhabi Film Festival Tawasol Mailroom
Khalifa Park, Off Salam Street
PO Box 77935, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel: +971 2 556 4000/+971 2 401 2382
Fax: +971 2 556 4343

The deadline for submissions is on July 15th, 2014.

For further information please visit the website:  http://www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/
For more details on Rules and Regulations and to apply please visit:
 http://www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/en/festival/submissions

3. Call for submissions: Catalonia Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival Seeks Films

The Catalonia Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival is looking for films from Arab countries for its eighth edition to take place in Spain from November 4th to November 8th 2014.

The festival aims to contribute to the circulation and promotion of Arab and Mediterranean films in Catalonia, and to offer a fresh perspective on Arab and Mediterranean societies.

Rules and regulations:

  • The festival seeks narrative and documentary films longer than 50 minutes whose Director comes from an Arab country.
  • The films must have been produced within the last five years, or 10 years if they are from Palestine -the festival's guest of honor this year.
  • Send a copy in DVD format. The DVD copy must be subtitled in French, English or Spanish.

Address:

SODEPAU (RAI)

  1. Carders, 12, Pral

08003 Barcelona (Attn: Meritxell Bragulat)

  • Send the participation application during the same submission period to sodepau@sodepau.org Attention: Meritxell Bragulat

The deadline for submissions is June 20th, 2014.

For further information and more details on Rules and Regulations please visit: http://mostracinearab.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/call-for-entries-8th-arabic-and-mediterranean- film-festival-of-catalonia

4. Call for submissions: San Francisco Arab Film Festival Seeks Films

The Arab Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 18th edition to be held in the San

Francisco Bay Area in October 2014.

The festival annually showcases works by independent filmmakers that provide insightful and innovative perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics. This year’s festival particularly welcomes comedies, video art, animation and children’s films.

A pre-screening committee will select four finalists in each category after viewing all the films selected to be part of the festival’s competition.

A five-member jury will select a winning film in the following categories: Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best First Film and Audience Award.

Requirements:

  • A preview copy of the film in a password protected Vimeo link and a DVD. We prefer NTSC format but will accept PAL format as well completed online entry form.
  • 2 stills from the film and 1 photo of the Director (300 dpi minimum).
  • Press and marketing materials.
  • Submitted works should have been produced between 2012 and 2014. Submissions should be sent to:

Arab Film Festival
Programming Department
3739 Balboa Street #125
San Francisco, CA 94121 USA

Deadlines:

Regular Deadline: May 30 (Fees $10)

Late Deadline: June 13 (Late fees: $40 for features, $25 for shorts)

To apply and for further information please visit: http://www.arabfilmfestival.org/call2014

5. Call for applications: Euromed Audiovisual Calls for Script Editors and

Scriptwriters

The European Union's Euromed Audiovisual programme, in partnership with the French Institute of

Tunis, is launching two new training initiatives:

  1. “SOCRATES: Story Editing Tools”. Professionals who work with scripts on a regular basis may be familiar with the challenges of having to find satisfying ways to engage with the writing, of how to approach scripts without judging the material and of how to gain sufficient confidence to make informed decisions.

This training is designed to help all those people within the film industry who want or need to work with scripts and improve their script editing techniques.

  1. “SOCRATES: Guidance to Writing your Screenplay”. This training is open to scriptwriters, authors or directors with a script in development (full script or treatment). The SOCRATES training offers the possibility to develop the script with professional script editors. The objective is to develop the screenplay so that it is ready for production.

Both trainings will run in parallel. The Euromed Audiovisual programme will select six story editors and 12 scriptwriters.

The training will be held between September and December 2014 and will be structured in two phases. A first workshop is scheduled to take place from September 8 to 10, 2014, while a personalized follow-up period is scheduled from September to December 2014.

The training initiative is open to established professionals from Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Israel, Syria and Tunisia who are resident in those countries.

For Rules and Regulation for Script Editors please visit: http://www.euromedaudiovisuel.net/Files/2014/04/24/1398330320588.pdf
For Rules and Regulations for Scriptwriters please visit: http://www.euromedaudiovisuel.net/Files/2014/04/24/1398329611850.pdf

The deadline for applications is on May 31st, 2014.

For more information or any questions, please contact Valerio Caruso, RMSU, Euromed Audiovisual programme: vcaruso@euromedaudiovisuel.net.

6. Call for  entries:  "MENA  goes  Berlin"/A  Training  Project  for  Documentary

Filmmakers

Documentary Campus and the Goethe-Institut Kairo are calling for documentary projects that are already in an advanced development stage for the Documentary Campus training week “MENA goes BERLIN”.

This call is open to documentary and television filmmakers who are residents of Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya who have experience in their domestic market but strive to work in the international field and are open to learn and to adapt their projects to the needs of the target audiences.

The one-week seminar will feature sessions on storytelling and trailer production, good practice in writing the synopsis, logline and treatment, case studies of successful projects, standard and alternative distribution strategies, co-production and funding opportunities for documentary filmmakers in Europe and the Arab world, and networking with Berlin-based producers and professionals.

The training will take place from Monday, September 15 to Friday, September 19, 2014 in Berlin, Germany, with 12 selected participants. Tuition fees, travel expenses, accommodation, and subsistence allowances will be covered.

The participants will develop specific skills in story development; learn from key international professionals; exchange knowledge and network with like-minded colleagues and get the chance to win a trip to the Documentary Campus Leipzig Networking Days October 24 to 26, 2014to pitch in front of up to 40 international commissioners.

Requirements:

  • Treatment of your film project (approx. 2 pages)
  • Evidence of access to key characters of your film. This can be presented as a written statement in your treatment and/or as part of the visual material in your teaser.
  • Profile Information on the production team (CVs and company profile, if applicable)
  • Teaser or character reel (5-15 min) of your project showing key protagonists and introducing your visual style.
  • A short video introducing yourself and explaining your motivation (approx. 3 min).

Please send all visual material in digital form or upload and send the link.

Kindly hand in your application in English. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to: berlin@documentary-campus.com

The deadline for applications is on May 20th, 2014.

For more information please visit: http://www.documentary-campus.com/

To apply please visit: http://www.documentary-campus.com/v2/page/contact/contact_menacall

7. Call for submissions: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Calls for Documentaries

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is looking for documentaries and other non-fiction forms of digital storytelling. The festival is to take place from November 19th to

November 30th this year.

More than 250 documentaries will be selected, running the gamut from international audience favorites to artistic experiments along the fringes of the genre. But IDFA also showcases interactive documentaries and other non-fiction forms of digital storytelling, games, apps, installations and media art.

To read more about the rules and regulations please visit: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/festival/regulations.aspx

For further information and to submit your film please visit: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/festival/submit.aspx

The last deadline is August 1st, 2014 for all films finished after April 1st, 2014.

8. Call for entries: The 10th Cinematographic Framework of Hergla

The 10th Hergla Film Meetings or Cinematographic Framework of Hergla is to take place from August 26 to 31 August 2014.

Held each year since 2005 by the Africa-Mediterranean Cultural Association in the small town of Hergla on the Tunisian coast, the cinematic event celebrates short films and documentaries,.

The event holds open-air screenings of a selection of short films from Africa and the Mediterranean region, discussions on topics related to film and audiovisual news, as well as exhibitions and artistic performances.

Rules and regulations:

  • The film must be made by filmmakers of African or Mediterranean origin.
  • The film must be produced two years before the current edition.
  • Registration is open for short films (under 30 minutes) or documentaries produced between 2012 and 2014.
  • The film should be submitted in two copies to:

African Cultural Association Mediterranean 19 Avenue du Commandant Bjaoui Tunisia - Sousse 4000

The deadline for submissions is on May 31st, 2014.

For further information please visit the website:  http://www.herglacinema.org
To submit you film please visit
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For inquiries please write to: info@herglacinema.org

9. Call for entries: The 2nd AegeanDocs International Documentary Film Festival

The second AegeanDocs International Documentary Film Festival is currently calling for applications and is to take place from September 20th until September 28th 2014.

AegeanDocs is an international Festival of documentary films taking place in Mytilene, Chios and in other 9 islands of Aegean Sea, Greece. Its main aim is to introduce and promote the most important documentary productions worldwide and create an international forum for presentations and discussion about emerging media and information technologies. It is particularly interested in films with political, historical and social subjects.

AegeanDocs is organized with the support of North Aegean Region and the collaboration of University of the Aegean. It is produced by StoryDoc organization. The programme includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last three years, retrospectives, workshops and master classes.

Awards

  • Best History Documentary (2.000 euros)
  • Best Political Documentary (2.000 euros)
  • Best Social Documentary (2.000 euros)
  • Best Documentary by young filmmaker, up to 30-year old (1.000 euros)

Rules and Regulations:

All submissions are made on-line through the link found on the Festival’s official page: (www.aegeandocs.gr).

Entrants will be notified by e-mail if their submission is selected before June 25, 2014.

The deadline for applications is on May 31st, 2014.

For further information and to apply please visit: http://www.aegeandocs.gr/en/?page_id=627

Or visit the official website: www.aegeandocs.gr

For inquiries please call: Tel: +30 210 8616449 Or write to: info@aegeandocs.gr

10. Call for submissions: 3- Minute Video Contest about Korea – “To Me, Korea is…”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (MOFA) and Arirang TV are holding a 3-minute video contest about Korea under the theme of “To Me, Korea is…”. The contest is open to anyone of any age that is not of Korean descent.

When you think of Korea, what first comes to your mind? Why do you think so? Do you have any personal and meaningful stories or experiences related to Korea or Korean culture, people, way of life, tradition, entertainment and tour, etc.? If so, what does Korea mean to you? If you have any interest in Korea or Korean culture, what is it? And what made you interested in it?

Please share these thoughts, experiences and impressions of Korea in a 3-minute video, "To me, Korea is...".

Requirements:

  • Make a video no longer than 3 minutes.
  • Upload the video on YouTube or any other legal video-sharing website.
  • Fill in the application form and register your video entry through the contest website: http://www.publicdiplomacy.go.kr/video.jsp
  • English or Korean submissions are preferred. However, if the language is not in Korean or English, videos should either include Korean or English subtitles.

Awards:

The contest’s awards include: Kia Car, LG Notebook PC, Samsung Tablet PC, Samsung Digital Camera, LG Bluetooth Ear set and LG USB Memory (64GB).

The deadline for submissions is on May 31st, 2014.

For further information please visit the website: ( http://www.publicdiplomacy.go.kr/video.jsp)

For inquiries please write to: 2014vcontest@gmail.com

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