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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #165 February 2017

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:

  1. Job Opportunity at the Royal Film Commission - Jordan: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
     
  2. Call for applications: Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab
     
  3. Call for submissions: The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World
    Project Market Amman 2017
     
  4. Call for submissions: Malmö Arab Film Festival 2017
     
  5.  Call for proposals: Arab Animation Forum 2017
     
  6. Call for membership: The Arab Film Institute
     
  7. Call for applications: Cinephilia BOUND Initiative - Cannes 2017

(Author- Producer Meetings at Cannes Film Festival)

      8. Call for applications: 2017 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarships

  1. Call for Applications: Pro Helvetia Residencies in 2017 and 2018

1. . Job Opportunity at the Royal Film Commission - Jordan: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Position’s Description

Under the direct supervision of the Capacity Building Manager,
the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the accomplishment of the objectives and goals of the projects/programmes of the department.

Responsibilities:

Develop and strengthen monitoring, inspection and evaluation procedures;
Monitor all projects’ activities, expenditures and progress towards achieving the project output;
Recommend further improvement of the logical framework;
Develop monitoring and impact indicators for the project’s success;
Monitor and evaluate overall progress on achievement of results;
Monitor the sustainability of the projects’ results;
Provide feedback to the Project Manager on projects’ strategies and activities;
Suggest strategies to the Project Manager for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the projects,  by identifying bottlenecks in completing projects’ activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks;
Report monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annually on the progress of all projects’ activities to the Project Manager;
Conduct capacity assessment on existing monitoring and evaluation system and develop indicators and a monitoring strategy for the project;
Provide input, information and statistics for quarterly, annually and other reports to the project management team;
Participate in annual projects’ reviews, planning workshops and assist the Project Manager in preparing other relevant reports;
Assist Project Manager in the preparation of reports on the findings and lessons learned from projects’ innovations;
Prepare issues log and risk log for the projects;
Prepare and maintain databases;
File reports;
Perform other duties as required.

Skills/Qualifications:

- Bachelor degree in Management or related field.
- At least one year experience in monitor
ing and evaluation of community-related projects.
- Very good communication skills, oral and written, in both English and Arabic.
- Excellent ability to deliver and draft reports.
- Excellent team
spirit.
- Ability to work under pressure.
- Possess a driving license is a plus.


Please send your application to the following email: recruitment@film.jo  no later than 28th February 2016, and indicate clearly in the subject of your email the title of the position you are applying for.


2. Call for applications: Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan welcomes applications to the 13th 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: 5th March 2017 by midnight -Jordan’s time
- Workshop days: from 7th July until 11th July 2017

• Submission details:
- Online:
http://www.film.jo/Contents/How-To-Apply.aspx  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:
• Visit: http://www.film.jo/Contents/About-RAWI.aspx 
• Email: rawi@film.jo
• Call: +962 6 461 3835 Ext. 104
 


3. Call for submissions: The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World
Project Market Amman 2017

Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes for international cooperation between young German and Arab filmmakers to realize a joint film project. The prizes, each worth up to 60,000 euros, are awarded in the following: categories short animated film, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary.

Eligible for the Film Prize are mixed teams of German and Arab filmmakers who are in the beginning of their film career. Furthermore, the film should be produced in both partnering countries, stressing in particular the aspect of intercultural exchange.

To facilitate the team-finding process, Arab directors will be invited to the Project Market Amman to meet German producers.

The Project Market Amman

From 23rd until 28th April 2017 the Project Market Amman, introducing the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, takes place in Amman, Jordan in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC).

Up to twenty young directors from the member-countries of the Arab League are invited to participate in the Project Market Amman to meet with up to fifteen German producers. The Robert Bosch Stiftung will cover all costs of travel, accommodation and catering.

During five days
,  a diverse program will offer filmmakers from the Arab world and Germany various occasions to get to know each other, to introduce each other’s work, to talk in detail about the directors’ project and to exchange knowledge and experiences. Joint events and excursions will help intensify the newly acquainted contacts.

The meetings between directors and producers do not necessarily have to result in a partnership but will contribute to gain experience of an international co-production market and extend the network. In case a team is formed, the first step towards preparing for a joint application for the following round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung is created.

Who can participate in the Project Market Amman?

Arab directors (at the beginning of their career) and students or graduated students from film and media academies, who are nationals and citizens of any country member of the Arab League, can apply for the Project Market Amman, if they have a project in development in one of the four categories (short animated film, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary). Applicants must be able to communicate in English.

How to apply

To participate in the Project Market Amman, filmmakers must register at the Online Project Market www.onlineprojectmarket.de and fill in and upload all requested data. As project information, a one-page logline and synopsis or project description are required, as well as a link to their recent film. A script or treatment should be available on request.
Out of all submissions, up to twenty projects will be chosen by a selection committee consisting of members of the RFC, experts from the Arab world and the Film Prize Team to participate in the Project Market Amman.

Deadline
for submission

Projects submitted by 8th March 2017 at the Online Project Market will be considered as applicants for the Project Market Amman.

Notice of selection

27th March 2017

The communication language of the entire Film Prize program is English.

For further details on the Film Prize please visit www.filmprize.de


4. Call for submissions: Malmö Arab Film Festival 2017

Submissions to participate with films in Malmö Arab Film Festival 2017 is now open via the festival's website.

Submission is open to features, shorts and documentaries.

Malmö Arab Film Festival is the largest film festival on Arab Cinema outside the Arab world. The festival presents competition sections for feature fiction, short fiction and documentaries, as well as panoramas, special selections and countries in focus.
 

The 7th festival edition is held from 6th until 10th October, 2017.

For more information please contact submit@maffswe.com

The deadline for submission is 30th May, 2017.

To submit your film, please visit the festival's website: http://maffswe.com/submit/?utm_campaign=cmp_653870&utm_medium=email&utm_source=getanewsletter


5. Call for proposals: Arab Animation Forum 2017

The 24th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the Robert Bosch Stiftung present the Arab Animation Forum 2017, which will take place on four days between 2nd and 7th May as a part of the ITFS. The exact dates of the forum will be published by the end of February.

The Arab Animation Forum connects young directors and animation artists from the Arab World to producers from Germany to promote young and strong co-productions with regard to a possible application for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation.

Eligible to attend the Arab Animation Forum are animation filmmakers from the Arab World looking for a producer or co-producer as well as German producers interested in producing or coproducing an animated film project.

The selected filmmakers get the opportunity to present their animation film projects to a professional jury during a pitching session and receive an evaluation of their projects.

The selected producers get to talk to the Arab directors on their projects in several personal meetings and so develop a comprehensive picture of the co-production possibilities.

Thereby the Arab Animation Forum offers a unique chance to create new co-productions. Additionally there will be several meetings, workshops, consulting and matching sessions on the agenda.

The winning project of the Arab Animation Forum is automatically nominated for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation. (For the nomination a German producer is required. Winning a German producer for the project is still possible after the Arab Animation Forum.)

Find more information on the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation on www.filmprize.de 

The deadline for submissions is on 19th February 2017.

To apply and for further information, please visit: http://www.itfs.de/en/branche/arab-animation-forum/ 

 

6. Call for membership: The Arab Film Institute

The call for members to join the Arab Film Institute (AFI) is now open.

Applications are being accepted from Arab Film Professionals who are actively involved in the film industry.

Founded in December 2016, the Arab Film Institute is a non-profit cultural association based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Institute provide a platform where Arab films’ past, present and future are discussed, imagined and celebrated by those who contribute to the development of the film industry.
Designed to bring together the most promising and brightest of Arab filmmakers under one roof, the AFI is the unique meeting point between the art, technique and commerce involved in a prosperous film industry through learning, advocacy and networking.

Documents to be included:
• A completed application form
• Your CV or biography
 

General guidelines:

The Members will consist of professionals that, in accordance with their expertise and experience, can work for the fulfillment of the objectives of the Institute or are in harmony with same.

  • Members must be Arab film professionals whose work is existing and recognized.
  • Members should declare their willingness to actively support the aims of the institute, as well as to participate in the Institute training and promotional activities.
  • Members will be given voting rights for the film awards and also participate in various institute activities around the region.

More on general guidelines please visit: http://www.arabfilm-institute.org/members/

Applications should be completed personally by the candidate and should be emailed to
afi@arabfilm-institute.org

If you have any questions about Arab Film Institute or the membership application process, please contact : info@arabfilm-institute.org 

 

7. Call for applications: Cinephilia BOUND Initiative - Cannes 2017
(Author- Producer Meetings at Cannes Film Festival)

Cinephilia Productions announces the 1st edition of Cinephilia BOUND Initiative that will take place at the 70th Cannes Film Festival 2017 in partnership with Maison Des Scénaristes, the International Scriptwriters' Pavilion.

Cinephilia Bound aims to facilitate the connection between international producers & screenwriters/filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa who are working on their first, second or third feature film project.

Cinephilia Bound offers the opportunity to filmmakers to attend one of the most prestigious and industry studded festivals to pitch their projects to some of the top producers and to facilitate a dialogue for possible
international co-productions.

During the
four days at Cinephilia Bound, selected filmmakers will pitch their projects, meet producers and festival programmers, attend masterclasses, networking events and parties with industry professionals as well as enjoy a full accreditation to attend all the festival screenings and, of course, an ongoing support from Cinephilia Productions.

Cinephilia Bound offers

- 4 nights accommodation at villa Maison Des Scénaristes (10-15 minutes walk to festival Palace)
- Travel cost up to $300 (USD) (economy flight ticket)
- One-on-one pitching sessions at Maison Des Scénaristes Pavilion
- One-on-one Skype session with script consultant (or 2-page written feedback from professional script doctor)
- One-on-one meetings with industry professionals through Cinephilia network (producers, festival programmers, funding organizations…and more)
- Full accreditation to Cannes Film Festival (official selection screenings, masterclasses, market & pavilions)
- Full access to Maison Des Scénaristes networking events and activities (villa industry party, boat networking parties, masterclasses with directors/screenwriters who have films in the official selection at the festival, happy hour networking events.)
- Invitation letter to facilitate visa process
- Continuous support from Cinephilia Productions. Selected filmmakers and their projects will be promoted through Cinephilia industry network.

Eligibility requirements

- Career and emerging screenwriters and film directors are welcome to apply. (Screenwriters working on literary adaptations must provide rights clearance documents. Screenwriters working on a project without a director attached are highly encouraged to apply. Film directors can be screenwriters-directors or working on directing a screenplay written by another screenwriter. In this case, an agreement between the writer and the director should be presented.) Please note: Producers are not eligible to apply.
- Must be citizen of and residing in one of the eligible countries. Applicants residing outside the eligible countries must provide a proof of citizenship.
- Must be in development of their first, second or third narrative or documentary feature film project. (Experimental films are not eligible.) For documentary filmmakers, projects that have initiated principal photography can be considered. Please send us an email with your project status before applying to assess your eligibility.
- Must have a proven track record of work such as previous short film(s), feature film or produced screenplays (writers who do not have a produced screenplay to their credit will be asked to submit a writing sample from other screenplays.)
- Must be over 21 years old
- Must have valid passport
- Must have good command of English language
- Collaborative groups (co-writers or co-directors) must present one application. If selected, Cinephilia Bound covers the cost for only 1 filmmaker.

Eligible countries

Jordan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates & Yemen.

Application deadlines and fees:

Regular application fee: $45 (USD) / Regular Deadline: 15th February 2017
Late Application fee: $55 (USD) / Late Deadline: 25th February 2017

For further information, please visit: http://www.cinephiliaproductions.com/bound

 

 

8. Call for applications: 2017 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarships

The Jack G. & Bernice M. Shaheen Endowed Media Scholarship Fund secures the continuous support of increased educational opportunities for bright, young, energetic Arab American students majoring in mass communications, journalism and film.

The Jack Shaheen scholarship awards aim to honor Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies.

Eligibility: College students enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year; Juniors, Seniors and Graduate School students who are majoring in Journalism, Radio, Television, and/or Film.
 
Applicants: Hard copy applications only. Send the following items to American-Arab Anti-Discrimintation Committee (ADC) Research Institute:
- A one-page statement explaining why you merit the scholarship, your goals, and a declaration that you are a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage.
- Two original signed letters of recommendation from professors of Mass Communications.
- Copies of your articles, DVD's, films, and so forth (Items will not be returned to you).
- Official academic transcripts (minimum 3.0 GPA).
- Your permanent home address and phone number, e-mail address, and your phone number during the school year, if different.
 

Deadline: Wednesday 1st June 2017
 

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted; only hard copy applications are accepted.

Submit all materials to the ADC Research Institute:
Attention: Mr. Nabil Mohamad
ADC Vice President

1990 M Street, NW
Suite 610
Washington, D.C. 20006

If you have any questions, call 202 244 2990, or e-mail: organizing@ADC.org

Awards will be presented at the 2017 ADC's National Convention in Washington, D.C. Award winners are encouraged to attend.

 

9. Call for Applications: Pro Helvetia Residencies in 2017 and 2018

Pro Helvetia Cairo announces the annual call for applications for residencies in Switzerland for artists and cultural practitioners from the MENA region. Promoting creative exchange between Switzerland and the Arab region: PHCO supports residencies for Swiss artists in Arab countries, as well as for artists and cultural practitioners from the Arab region in Switzerland.

Two kinds of residencies are offered: Studio Residencies and Research Residencies.

Artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event organizers, mediators) in the areas of the visual arts, design and interactive media, music, literature, theatre and dance are eligible to apply.

Pro Helvetia has a network of regional liaison offices in China, Egypt (for the Arab region), India (for the Indian subcontinent), Russia and South Africa (for Southern Africa). In order to enhance cultural exchange and artistic collaborations between Switzerland and these regions, Pro Helvetia offers residencies in both directions. Pro Helvetia Cairo is responsible of facilitating this process in the MENA region.


1. Studio Residencies 2017
Pro Helvetia Cairo is re-launching the Studio Residency program. This year, the program will be limited to residencies for artists between Switzerland and Egypt only, with the aim to expand between Switzerland and the MENA region in the upcoming year.

1.1 Selection Criteria:
• Convincing track record: personal artistic activity above and beyond regional level
• Context-related motivation
• Adequate foreign language skills

1.2 Applications: For artists interested to apply for 2017 residency program, please contact Dalia Suleiman: dsuleiman@prohelvetia.org.eg

2. Studio Residencies 2018:
Studio Residency (3 months) in Switzerland gives artists the chance to gain a broad insight into different environment. The aim of the residency is to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and cooperation. In addition to a place to work and accommodation, Pro Helvetia will provide specific coaching. The Swiss Arts Council covers the costs of travel, insurance and per diem expenses.

2.1 Selection Criteria:
• Convincing track record: personal artistic activity above and beyond regional level
• Context-related motivation
• Adequate foreign language skills

2.2 Applications
Applications can be submitted until 1st March, 2017 via www.Prohelvetia.ch  (Applications must be written in English)

3. Research Residency 2017 and 2018:
Research Residency (max. 4 weeks) enables artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event organizers, mediators) to carry out research in Switzerland and the MENA region. The aim of the residency is to prepare an exchange project. Pro Helvetia supports the compilation of the visiting programme. The Swiss Arts council covers the costs of travel, accommodation, insurance and per diem expenses.

3.1 Selection Criteria
• Convincing track record: personal artistic activity above and beyond regional
• Context-related motivation
• Adequate foreign language skills
• Specific cultural exchange project with sustainable impact and international resonance, that meet the general criteria of Pro Helvetia.

3.2 Applications
Applications can be submitted via www.myprohelvetia.ch  at any time up to three months before the start of the trip. (Applications must be written in English)
Further information contact: cairo@prohelvetia.org.eg 

 

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