The 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), which was concluded last Wednesday December 14th, was an exceptional edition for a number of Jordanian talents in the filmmaking industry, where they reaped the fruits of their hard work. Jordanian filmmakers Director Darin Sallam and producer Deema Azar got a step closer towards bringing Sallam’s debut feature film “Fraha” to the big screen.
"Farha" has won the Emirate Ministry of Interior prize for ‘Best Societal Screenplay’ with the amount of (USD 100,000); this award is given annually to support film projects that highlight societal issues.
In addition, their project also won the ART Award (USD 10,000) at the Dubai Film Connection (DFC) co-production market together with a complimentary accreditation to the prestigious Producers Network at Cannes International Film Festival 2017.
In a related context, the two had also gotten another share at DIFF this year by competing at the Muhr Short Film Competition with the World Première of “The Parrot”, a short fiction film produced by Azar and co-directed by Sallam and young Jordanian filmmaker Amjad Al Rasheed.
The latter is another promising local talent, who has recently been highlighted by the Screen International as one of the “Arab Stars of Tomorrow”. This first ever initiative, inaugurated at a showcase in partnership with DIFF, spotlighted five of the up-and-coming talents from across the Arab world and among which was Al Rasheed.
Director and writer Al-Rasheed is now gearing up for his debut feature film “Inshallah It’s a Boy” that is currently in development. The film is supported by the Debut Feature Film Program managed by the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC).