In the 1st Edition of the Amman Film Industry Days (AFID) which took place during the Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) in the summer of 2020, Reine Razzouk was awarded $7500 by Societe General to assist her in the post-production of her film, Hyphen. On this occasion, she spoke to us about her experience with AFID:
During the pandemic, we faced several financial and logistical obstacles and while many grants and events were put on hold, Amman Film Industry Days (AFID) was one of the few institutions that was still able to support independent projects in the Middle East. The award we won at AFID has allowed our project to move forward during a truly difficult time. Additionally, the feedback we received from the jury and the connections we made through AFID were equally as valuable. At the moment, we are still in post-production and are aiming for a 2022 premiere.
The feedback we received was deeply insightful and helped guide us in our post-production process.
It was incredibly valuable for us to get notes from experienced and well-known film industry professionals who understand what our film is trying to achieve and were generous with their guidance.
What stood out to me the most was the amount and quality of connections and friends I was able to make through AFID, even though it took place online. I am grateful for AFID for fostering an environment where making such enriching connections with other filmmakers and industry professionals are possible.
Patience is the key. Making a film is a long and hard process and the best things in life are usually hard to get, but do not be discouraged! Take things one step at a time and know that even the best filmmakers in the world face obstacles too.
I would highly encourage all filmmakers to apply for AFID. Independent filmmakers in the Arab world do not have access to much support, especially during the pandemic, as many grants were shut down, they should definitely apply! AFID provides them with tangible resources that can propel their projects forward and provide some stability in such an unpredictable time, but the feedback and connections that AFID can provide cannot be found elsewhere.