After Hosting ‘Aladdin’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Dune’ Jordan Ups Production Rebates
The Royal Film Commission of Jordan is now stepping its effort to lure more shoots, but also to create a well-rounded filmmaking ecosystem to foster more local fare. Besides raising the cash-back rebate to 25%, they are increasing its cap to $2 million and have negotiated competitive prices with the Jordanian army that is sometimes called to help with productions.
The minimum spend to be eligible for cash rebate is currently $1 million. But they are looking to reduce this to allow lower budget local films to benefit from the incentive.
Meanwhile the first edition of the Amman International Film Festival is set to launch April 13-18 2020, with Palestinian filmmaker and festival organizer Hanna Atallah – founder and chief of FilmLab:Palestine – on board as artistic director and the RFC’s Nada Doumani set as managing director.
Jordan’s new ambitious international fest will have an industry section run by Jordanian film producer and screenwriter Deema Azaar.