The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) announced today the resumption of the Jordan Film Fund (JFF) which was suspended since 2013. The fund aims to enable filmmakers to tell their stories as well as develop the independent film industry and contribute to its sustainability in Jordan.
The Jordan Film Fund will provide a total of 250,000 JODs in grants to support the development, production and post-production of cinematic feature narratives and documentaries, in addition to funding the production of short and animated films. The JFF will also support this year the development of two TV series by Jordanian writers.
Two independent international juries composed of established professionals; directors and producers will evaluate eligible applications in cinema and TV categories. Their assessment will take into consideration the quality of eligible projects, their originality, creative merit, feasibility, as well as the filmmakers’ credentials and abilities.
Commenting on the inauguration of the third cycle, George David, the RFC’s Managing Director, said: “We are extremely happy to announce the resumption of this fund, which unfortunately had to be suspended for five years due to budget constraints. We believe this fund is crucial as it provides much-needed seed money for filmmakers and will revitalize the local film industry. The experience we had with previously funded projects has been very conclusive and we expect to have more productions that give a voice to Jordanians.”
JFF supported in the past two cycles (2011-2013) twenty-seven cinematic projects granting them a total of 380,000 JOD. The majority of the funded projects was well received in regional and international film festivals, such as Blessed Benefit by Mahmoud Al Massad that premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 and received Best Film and Best Actor awards in Warsaw International Film Festival; also, Jordan’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards, 3000 Nights by Mai Masri, which participated in over 80 film festivals to harvest 24 awards.
Supported by JFF at the development stage, the feature documentary Aisha (2016) by Asma Bseiso, received Best Documentary award at Malmo Arab Film Festival; the short film Ismail by Nora al Sharif and which had received JFF production grant was selected at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2013.
Director Mai Masri said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to receive financial support from RFC’s Jordan Film Fund, as it pushed the project into production and helped secure additional funds. Also, the RFC’s invaluable logistical assistance in securing shooting permits and access to a real prison gave “3000 Nights” a powerful and distinctive visual identity. I am glad the RFC has resumed this fund and wish it will support unique and brave voices from Jordan and across the Arab world!"
Applications are welcomed for all categories starting from the 6th of March 2018, and deadline for cinema category is on the 3rd of May 2018; whereas the application deadline for the TV series is on the 10th of April 2018. Complete information on eligibility criteria, application process, guidelines and regulations is available on the RFC’s website: www.film.jo