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Self-Distribution for Social Impact Documentaries

Date of Event: 20/11/2020

Time of Event: 07:00

Location of Event: Online


Subject: The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Amman and the American Film Showcase (AFS), is pleased to invite you to participate in a master class entitled “Self-Distribution for Social Impact Documentaries”.

Time & Date: November 20th 2020. At 7:00 PM Amman Time/ 9:00 AM Los Angeles Time.

Location: The Royal Film Commission – Jordan will host the master class via an online ZOOM session.

About the Master class:

This master class comes to support Jordanian and Arab filmmakers to have a deeper understanding about the topic. It aims to have them ready to develop their projects for regional and global distribution.

Language: English. Proficiency in English is a must.

About the instructor:

Sarah Moshman

Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Netflix, Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women, “Girls Rock! Chicago” (2010) and “Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run” (2012), she set out to direct her first feature documentary “The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things” (2014) which has been screened over 700 times around the US and around the world in schools, groups, organizations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. With Indieflix as the distributor, the film has been sponsored by major brands like Nordstrom, American Girl and Microsoft to spread this message far and wide. Moshman’s second feature documentary, “Losing Sight of Shore” follows the incredible journey of four women, who rowed across the Pacific Ocean. The film was released globally in 190 countries on Netflix in May 2017. “NEVERTHELESS” is Moshman’s third feature documentary, which takes a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time’s Up to shine a light on the sexual harassment crisis.
Moshman is dedicated to telling stories that uplift, inform and inspire as well as showcase strong female role models on screen.

Prior to focusing on documentaries, she worked as a field producer on the hit American TV show “Dancing with the Stars” for 10 seasons as well as shows on NBC, MTV, Lifetime, Bravo and the Food Network. She also directs branded content for EllenTube, Tastemade, Mattel, AT&T featuring Reese Witherspoon, and more. Moshman is an inspiring public speaker, an adjunct professor in documentary film and author of a new book (Empowered Filmmaking: How To Make a Documentary On Your Own Terms), passionate about empowering the next generation of storytellers and travels the globe to do so!

Workshop Fees: Free of charge.

Who can apply: Filmmakers at an intermediate and advance levels from Jordan and the Arab World.

To apply, please fill-out the form in the below link: ODU5UTE3UTlZMkVCOVpWSVYxQktEMzdCVi4u

  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
  • Applications partially completed or received after the deadline will be disregarded.
  • Seats are limited, we advise all applicants to apply as early as possible.

Please do not apply for the workshop if you cannot fully commit to the full-time session.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 17th of November, 2020.

For further information, please contact the RFC at: