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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Opportunities Bulletin # 156 May

OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 156 May 2016

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 2016

  • Call for applications: The 4th Cycle of Med Film Factory – Deadline extended

  • Call for submissions: The 13th Edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2016

  • Call for submissions: Malmo Arab Film Festival 2016

  • Call for applications: The Chicago Palestine Film Festival Scholarship

  • Call for submissions: The 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival

  • Call for entries: The 6th Edition of the International Environmental Short Film Festival 2016 ECOFILM

1. Call for applications: Rawi Screenwriters' Lab 2016

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan welcomes applications to the twelfth round of Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab. For its first 11 years, the lab was run in collaboration with the Sundance Institute and is modeled on the Institute’s renowned Screenwriters Lab. Chosen candidates are granted the opportunity to develop their screenplays under the guidance of critically acclaimed screenwriters. These Creative Advisors will have one-on-one intensive story sessions and conversations with the participants about their projects to embrace their vision and help them find the most compelling way to tell their stories.

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: 15th June 2016 (11:59 AST)
  • Workshop Days: from 12th November until 17th November 2016
Submission Details:
  • Online: www.film.jo or rawi@film.jo
  • Format: Word file – Soft copy
  • Language: English - Arabic is acceptable for initial submission.
Eligibility:
  • Independent screenwriters, co-writers or writers/directors.
  • Writers working on their first or second feature narrative.
  • Arab screenwriters regardless of their country of residence.
For further information:

2. Call for applications: The 4th Cycle of Med Film Factory – Deadline extended

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan welcomes applications to the fourth round of Med Film Factory (MFF), which will be held in Jordan in 2016 whereby four teams will be selected (two teams from Jordan and two teams from the Arab world) to participate in this year’s cycle.

Med Film Factory is a specialized training program aimed at semi-professional teams of Arab film Directors and Producers and offering them the opportunity to advance their creative and professional skills, while supporting the realization of their projects through two training sessions:

- The Producers’ Coaching Program
- The Directors’ Workshop

MFF's 4th cycle is now accepting scripts in Arabic with a synopsis in English for its primary phase of selection.

The application deadline is now May 25th, 2016.

To apply and for more information please visit: www.film.jo http://www.medfilmfactory.com/or write to MedFilmFactory@film.jo / info@medfilmfactory.com or call the Royal Film Commission- Jordan at: +962 6 461 3835.

The 4th cycle of Med Film Factory is supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Jordan.

3. Call for submissions: The 13th Edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2016

Film submissions for the 13th edition of DIFF, running from December 7-14, 2016, is now open.

The Dubai International Film Festival (“DIFF”) is the leading film festival in the Arab world. Since its inception in 2004, DIFF has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region.

All feature films selected in the Official Programme are eligible for the People’s Choice Award -one trophy will be awarded per edition based on votes by the general public DIFF’s heavily contested competition for feature and short fiction and non-fiction films originating from the Gulf and Arab world will compete for the following prestigious Muhr Awards.

Muhr Feature (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
Muhr Short (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
Muhr Gulf Short (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
Muhr Emirati (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the Official Programme, your film must have been completed after September 1, 2015 (i.e., films must have been completed by September 2015 or thereafter in order to be considered for the December 2016 Festival)

DIFF requires that all short and feature films are, at minimum MENA (Middle East and North Africa ) premieres. Exceptions maybe applied on a case-by-case basis for film in DIFF’s Official Programme.

Films must not have been entirely or partially broadcasted and/or made available on television, the internet, mobile phones and/or any other public viewing platform until the 13th edition of DIFF closes on 14th December, 2016.

Films that have been submitted to earlier editions of DIFF will not be considered unless substantial changes have been made since the initial submission.

ELIGIBILITY – MUHR FEATURE AND SHORT AWARDS

Films must be directed by a filmmaker of Arab nationality or origin.

The subject and storyline of the films should be centered on the Arab world, Arab history and/or Arab culture.

Features: Films must be a work of fiction that equal or exceed 60 minutes in duration or non-fiction duration equal or exceed 52 minutes in duration.

Shorts: Films can be a work of fiction that does not exceed 59 minutes in duration, or non-fiction that does not exceed 51 minutes in duration.

ELIGIBILITY – MUHR GULF SHORT AWARDS

Films must be directed by a Gulf filmmaker.

Films can be a work of fiction that does not exceed 59 minutes in duration, or non-fiction that does not exceed 51 minutes in duration. There are no specific guidelines on the subject and storyline of the films.

ELIGIBILITY – MUHR EMIRATI AWARDS

Films must be directed by an Emirati filmmaker.

SUBMISSIONS

All films must be submitted in their original language. If the original language of the film is not in English, the screener must be subtitled in English.

If you are submitting a ‘work-in-progress’ film please ensure that this is clearly stated on the submission form with the final title of the film and not the working title.

Deadline: Entries of online submission forms in English and/or Arabic and film screeners must be completed and submitted by August 31st, 2016.

To submit your film and for further information, please visit the festival's website: https://dubaifilmfest.com/en/page/86/rules_and_regulations.html

4. Call for submissions: Malmo Arab Film Festival 2016

Participating at the Malmo Arab Film Festival is still running until May 30th. Submission is open to features, shorts and documentaries.

The festival runsfromSeptember 30th until October 5th and the films will be mainly shown in Malmo but also in other cities in the region in parallel with the festival days.

Short Film Competition
Best Short Film – minimum award 15 000 SEK
This award recognizes the film’s director

Documentary Compeititon
Best Documentary – minimum award 15 000 SEK
This award recognizes the film’s director

Feature Competition
Best Documentary – minimum award20 000 SEK
This award recognizes the film’s director

Best Director
Best Script
Best Actor
Best Actress

Audience Award
Audience Award to Best Feature and Documentary

The deadline for submissions is on 30th of May 2016.

To apply and for further information, please visit the website: http://maffswe.com/rules-conditions/
 

5. Call for applications: The Chicago Palestine Film Festival Scholarship

The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) announces that a new annual scholarship is available for students of Palestinian decent.

Since 2001 the Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) has been dedicated to exhibiting film and video work that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience, and vision of the artists. CPFF is also dedicated to bringing the stories of Palestine and Palestinians to Chicago and representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life. The festival is an independent, not-for-profit organization.

The CPFF scholarship is designed to recognize a college student can create a dynamic narrative film that is thematically relevant to Palestine.

The scholarship is valued $5,000, where one scholarship will be awarded in August 2016. In addition, scholarship recipients will serve as CPFF Student Ambassador at events throughout the year.

All students of Palestinian decent, enrolled in an accredited US college or university for Fall 2016 (including recent high school graduates and returning students) are welcome to apply. The application process includes an entry form, 500-word essay and 3 to 5-minute narrative film.

The deadline for applications is on July 14th, 2016.

For further information, please contact: pm@palestinefilmfest.com

or visit the festival's website:http://palestinefilmfest.com/scholarship/

6. Call for submissions: The 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival

The 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF) is to be held in Pyongyang, the capital of the DPR Korea, from September 16th until 23rd 2016.

The festival contributes to breaking a new ground for film art by promoting exchange and cooperation between filmmakers around the world with the ideals of independence, peace and friendship.

The 15th PIFF consists of Feature Film Competition, Documentary and Short Film Competition, Special screenings, Informative Screenings, Retrospective Screening and Film Exchange.

For further information on terms and conditions, please visit: http://www.pyongyanginternationalfilmfestival.com/

Applicants should send their DVDs for selection until the end of May to the following address:

Add; Ryusong-dong, Central District, Pyongyang, DPR Korea
The Organizing Committee of Pyongyang International Film Festival
(Korea Film Exp. & Imp. Corp)
Tel: 850-2-18111 (call 341-8034)
Email: korfilm@star-co.net.kp

7. Call for entries: The 6th Edition of the International Environmental Short Film Festival 2016 ECOFILM

The 6th International Environmental Short Film Festival 2016 ECOFILM is currently looking for film submissions.

This year's theme is biodiversity and sustainability. The festival aims to generate ecological knowledge about the role that biodiversity has in the functioning of the ecosystems; the ecosystem services it offers us; as well as its capacity to recover when faced with natural and human disturbances. Searching for the conservation, management and restoration of the biodiversity in México.

All citizens of the world may participate. Filmmakers and film industry professionals and advertising, film students, communication, visual arts, advertising and all those related to the visual arts and the environment, collectively or individually, regardless of their profession or nature of their studies and certifying their physical or moral personality.

Applicants may take part in 4 categories:
- Animation
- Fiction
- Documentary
- Audiovisual Campaign

The works must have been made after 1 January 2016, have a minimum of one (1) minute and a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes, not including credits.

For further information on rules and regulations, please visit: http://ecofilmfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/CALL_ECOFILM_FESTIVAL_2016.pdf

The deadline for submissions is on the 14th of July 2016.

To apply and for further information, please visit the festival's website: http://ecofilmfestival.org/?lang=en

 

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