|Amman, 30 August 2021 – The Amman Film Industry Days (AFID), organised in the framework of the second edition of the Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF), wrapped up its activities today by announcing the awards for the two pitching platforms at a ceremony held at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan.|
10 film projects, in development and post-production categories, received a total of 12 in-kind awards out of 13 Jordanian and Arab competing projects. The AFID’s awards are important for projects that are still in progress, as they pave the way for the winners to develop their films or complete them.
Over the course of four days, the competing filmmakers presented their projects to an independent Jury in the presence of a group of film professionals. The AFID’s Jury consists of the film expert Layaly Badr; producer Kayvan Mashayekh; documentary filmmaker Mariam Shahin; filmmaker Ameen Nayfeh; the film and culture expert, Abdallah Shami.
The Jury praised the quality of the projects submitted saying: “The five members of the jury awarded in-kind prizes to projects in development and post- production, which they felt showed the greatest promise and dealt with issues and themes that are an important contribution to the visual documentation in our region and are not likely to get support outside the Middle East.”
Thanks to valued partnerships with local and international institutions, the prizes were awarded as follows:
Development Category (for Jordanian projects): Slate: rental of filming equipment for the value of US$ 14,000 to “Zaina’s Wedding” by Razan Takash;Greener Screen: greener script integration and sustainable production best practice consultancy, worth US$ 7,000 to “The Green Bird by Ahmad Samara, produced by Alaa Alhussan;Where To Film: consultancy package, including scouting and locations consultancy and support, worth US$ 7,000 to “Landslide” by Mai Al Ghouti, produced by Diala Abu Zaid;Gruvi: Media Marketing package and plan services for the value of US$5,600 to “Harvest Moon” by Rama Ayasra, produced by Mariam Salim;TaleBox: Script development consultancy for the value of US$ 2,000 to “The Land” by Ahmad Al Khatib.Post-Production Category (for Arab projects):Malmo Arab Film Festival: Seat at MAFF Industry Days post-production to “Three Promises” by Yusef Srouji, produced by Marielle Olentine (Palestine); SAE post-production facilities for the value of US$ 21,000 to “This is Cairo” by Hala Galal, produced by Kesmat Elsayed (Egypt); MAD Solutions: minimum guarantee in exchange for the distribution and sales rights in the Arab world worth US$ 10,000 to “Yed Meriem” by Mouzahem Yahya (Algeria); Creative Media Solutions: Film branding services of the value of US$10,000 to “Journey of Eternity” by Frank Gilbert, produced by Mohamed Atef (Iraq – Egypt);Rum Pictures: post-Production services worth US$ 7,000 to “Concrete Land” by Asmahan Bkerat, produced by Sahar Yousefi (Jordan – Canada);Jordan Pioneers: post-production facilities, worth US $5,000 to “Three Promises” by Yusef Srouji, produced by Marielle Olentine (Palestine);Acousmatic Film Sound – Estonia: Sound design and re-recording mix services for the value of US$15,000 to “Concrete Land” by Asmahan Bkerat, produced by Sahar Yousefi (Jordan – Canada).In line with the Festival’s objectives to empower and motivate filmmakers in Jordan and the region, it is worth noting that the AFID organized 12 open sessions on various cinematic topics and seven training sessions with filmmakers and cinema experts. The AFID offered participants networking opportunities with producers and distributors from the region and beyond.
For photos of the winners, click here.
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Partners of the AIFF: Jordan Tourism Board; Royal Film Commission-Jordan; Abdali Investment and Development; Zain; Royal Jordanian; Pikasso Jordan; Ghiath & Nadia Sukhtian Foundation; Edgo; Greater Amman Municipality; Bank al Etihad; TAJ Cinemas.
Partners of AFID: Acousmatic Film Sound, SAE Institute, Slate Film Services, MAD Solutions, Creative Media Solutions, Malmö Arab Film Festival, Greener Screen, Where to Film Location Scout & Management, Rum Pictures, Jordan Pioneers Multimedia Co., Gruvi, TaleBox.
Media Partners: Jordan Radio & Television Corporation; Roya Media Group; Al-Mamlaka TV; Hala Radio; Bliss 104.3 FM; Mazaj FM; Radio Dahab.