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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Oppotunities Bulletin #138 November

OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 138–November 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:

  • The Royal Film Commission- Jordan- The Educational Film Feature Program Fundraising Campaign
     
  • Call for submissions: Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde Seeks Film Projects for Cannes 2015
     
  • Call for Submissions: Cannes International Film Festival 2015
     
  • Call for submissions: The 22nd Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film
     
  • Call for submissions: Berlin Independent Film Festival 2015
     
  • Call for submissions: The San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund
     
  • Call for applications: Los Angeles Film Festival- Film Independent Documentary Lab
     
  • Call for submissions: San Francisco Green Film Festival 2015

1. The Royal Film Commission- Jordan- The Educational Film Feature Program Fundraising Campaign

The Royal Film Commission- Jordan (RFC) designed, in 2010, the Educational Feature Film (EFF) program - that gives emerging Jordanian filmmakers a chance to tell their stories, under the supervision of mentors.

The EFF is structured as a training program, whereby the RFC brings in experienced professionals that work with filmmakers in the phases of production, cinematography, editing and scriptwriting. The program is open to Jordanian writers or writers/directors, regardless of their country of residence. It started in 2010 and helped produce five films. It was suspended in 2013 due to shortage of funding. 

In order to resume this important program, the RFC is resorting to crowd funding and seeking your generous support.

How You Can Help:

For the coming new round of the EFF, the RFC aims to realize three feature films. Each film project requires a modest budget of 100,000 USD. 

All kinds of assistance - monetary contribution, in-kind assistance or simply word-of-mouth support – are welcome.

For further information please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/educational-feature-film-program

2. Call for submissions: Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde Seeks Film Projects for Cannes 2015

The Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde, the professional programme of the Cinémas du Monde (lit. "World Cinema") pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, each year allows talented filmmakers at the beginning of their career to develop their first of second feature film.

The Cinémas du Monde pavilion is a venue dedicated to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Middle East.

The Fabrique aims to facilitate selected participants’ access to different activities at the Cannes Film Festival, and supports selected projects via individual and group meetings with key players from the film industry.

The Fabrique is calling for applications for its 2015 edition to allow selected directors (and their producers) to attend the next Cannes Film Festival from May 13 to 24, 2015.

Rules and regulations:

  • Film projects whose director comes from one of the eligible countries (including Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine).
  • The project must be the director's first or second feature-length film or documentary.
  • Film projects with a local producer (or a producer from one of the eligible countries) who has produced a short film or feature film within the last five years.
  • Fiction or documentary film projects, but not a film project for television.
  • The film’s provisional budget must be less than €3 million.

The deadline for submissions is December 8th 2014.

To apply and for further information please visit: http://www.lescinemasdumonde.com/en/

3. Call for Submissions: Cannes International Film Festival 2015

Submissions of films for the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival is starting this month, as the festival will take place from May 13 until May 24, 2014.

For further details please visit the website: http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/submitAFilm.html

4. Call for submissions: The 22nd Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

The 22nd Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film is taking place from May 5 until May 10, 2015.

The festival is calling for submissions of films produced after October 1, 2013 to one of the Festival’s following competition categories:

More competitions:

  • Animated Com Award (Competition for applied animation in the field of advertising, technology and spatial communication). The entry form will be available from mid-October 2014 on the website. Deadline: February 15, 2015
  • German Animation Screenplay Award (Competition for the best German-language screenplay for a feature-length animated film). The entry form will be available from mid-November 2014 on the website. Deadline: February 01, 2015
  • 48H Animation Jam (Live animation competition). The Live Animation Competition Crazy Horse Session – The 48H Animation Jam addresses to animation students from international film and art schools as well as independent animators and animation producers aged 30 years or younger. Four to five teams, each with two members, must develop live and within 48 hours an animated film. The competition will start at midday on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 and will end at midday on Friday, May 08, 2015. The best film will be awarded. The application form and regulations will be available from mid-November on the website.

The deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2014.

For further information please visit: http://www.itfs.de/en/call-for-entries/

Please check the regulations and the entry form at: http://www.itfs.de/en/call-for-entries/ http://www.itfs.de/en/call-for-entries/ .

Online submission: To submit your film, please use the online entry form at itfs.picturepipe.net. Here: https://itfs.picturepipe.net/. You can create a personal account, access and complete the online form and upload your movie.

For any inquiries please send an email to: itfs@festival-gmbh.de <mailto:itfs@festival-gmbh.de> .

5. Call for submissions: Berlin Independent Film Festival 2015

The Berlin Independent Film Festival (BIFF) team is preparing for another festival of independent filmmaking from February 5-15 at one of Berlin’s favorite independent cinemas.

The Berlin Independent Film Festival champions low-budget filmmaking by giving special attention to films by first- and second-time directors and films achieving amazing results with small budgets.

BIFF takes place at the Babylon Cinema in downtown Berlin at the same time as the European Film Market. BIFF is not connected with the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale).

The Berlin Independent Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new emerging film talent. BIFF is open to international films in one of the following categories:

  • Best Feature (over £100k)
  • Best Micro-budget Feature (under £100k)
  • Best No-Budget Feature (under £10k)
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Sci-Fi / Horror Feature
  • Best Female Director Feature
  • Best LGBT film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Short Documentary
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Experimental Short
  • Best Horror / Sci-Fi Short
  • Best Music Video

Screenplay Award categories:

  • Best Feature Screenplay
  • Best Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay
  • Best Comedy Screenplay

Entry Fees Deadlines:
Deadlines: Early — ending Sept 12, 2014; Regular — ending Oct 17, 2014; Late — ending Dec 5, 2014.

The deadline for entries is January 4th, 2015.

To check rules & regulations and to apply please visit: http://www.berlinfest.com/?page_id=1152

6. Call for submissions: The San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) Documentary Film Fund supports riveting documentaries in postproduction distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Since 2011, more than $375,000 has been disbursed to documentary filmmakers nationwide.

Eligibility:

Grants through the Documentary Film Fund are open to filmmakers that satisfy the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • Project cannot be a work for hire.
  • Project must be a feature length documentary (60 minutes or more).
  • Project must be in, or within three months of, postproduction.
  • Applicant must be in a key creative role for the film: ideally, the producer or director.
  • Projects must be consistent with SFFS's mission and represent an imaginative contribution to the moving image art form.
  • Applicant must be an SFFS member at the Filmmaker Pro level or above or must pay the $25 (early deadline) or $45 (late deadline) fee.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Project reflects excellence in storytelling and visual style.
  • Filmmaker clearly articulates the intended goals for the grant.
  • Filmmaker demonstrates how the grant will impact short- and long-term professional and artistic goals.
  • Applicant directly answers all questions on the application and does not go over the word count. Applications that go over the word count will be considered ineligible.

To apply and for further information please visit: http://www.sffs.org/filmmaker360/documentary-grants-and-programs/documentary-film-fund/how-to-apply#.VGSu-jSUeSo

The letter of inquiry period opened on November 10, 2014.

  • Early deadline is December 8, 2014, 11:59PM PST
  • Late deadline is December 15, 2014 11:59PM PST
  • Finalists materials are due by February 2, 2015

7. Call for applications: Los Angeles Film Festival- Film Independent Documentary Lab

Held in Los Angeles from April to May, Film Independent’s Documentary Lab is an intensive four-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. Through a series of meetings and workshops, Documentary Lab fulfills its twofold focus: provide creative feedback and story notes to the selected filmmakers; and help filmmakers strategize the completion, distribution, and marketing of their film.

Additionally, the program serves to advance the careers of the Lab Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Lab Fellows have several guest-speaker sessions with established documentary filmmakers – directors, producers, and editors – and other industry professionals.

Benefits

Rules and regulations:

A maximum of ten projects will be selected for the lab. To be eligible, you must be the director of a feature-length or hour-long documentary film in post-production. Directing and producing teams are welcome to apply together. The preference is for projects in the rough-cut stage, but it may consider exceptional projects that are earlier in the post-production process. Projects that have not completed the majority of principal photography and do not have any footage assembled are not eligible.

Requirements:

 Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the Documentary Lab
  • Logline and short synopsis
  • Documentary treatment including detailed summary, character descriptions, and director’s vision
  • Bios of key crew attached
  • Project status and history
  • Budget information and finance plan
  • Rough-cut or scene assembly of the submitted project (DVD or online link)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($45 Film Independent Member; $65 Non-Member)

The deadline for applications is on December 1, 2014.

To apply and for further information please visit: http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/documentary-lab/#.VGSldzSUeSq

8. Call for submissions: San Francisco Green Film Festival 2015

The 5th San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF) is taking place from May 28 until June 3, 2015. You are invited to make your environmental film part of San Francisco festival for films and discussions about people and the planet. 

SFGFF is seeking compelling and relevant new documentaries on the most pressing environmental issues. As well as the opportunity to screen new works in the San Francisco Bay Area, being a part of the festival will help you connect with local partners in the hope to support the ongoing success of your film.

Eligibility

  • The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre: documentaries, narratives, animations, features, shorts, student works, webisodes, transmedia projects, music videos, installations, games, and experimental genres will all be considered for inclusion.
  • The festival particularly encourages filmmakers living and working outside the USA to submit.
  • Youth filmmakers submit for free.
  • All submissions must be completed after January 1, 2013.

Themes

To qualify, productions must feature an aspect of sustainability or of the relationship between people and the planet.

In particular, the festival is seeking stories around these areas of interest:

  • Change makers
  • Climate Change
  • Better Cities
  • Environmental Health
  • Future of Food
  • Nature & Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Water
  • Zero Waste

However, any environmental topic will be considered.

Deadlines for submissions:

Early Bird: December 12, 2014
Regular: January 9, 2015
Late: January 16, 2015

To submit your film and for further information please visit: http://www.greenfilmfest.org/submit?gclid=CI-U-b3i98ECFWPLtAodJmUALQ

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