Amman – Amman International Film Festival

About Amman

Jordan in general, and Amman in particular, has long been an important meeting point for art, history and culture, merging the past, present and future. As the host of the Amman international Film Festival- Awal Film, Amman will carry this legacy forward, in the hope of fostering regional and international talent.  Amman is considered one of the most modernized Arab cities, with everything from shopping centers with world brands, luxurious hotels, international restaurants, modern infrastructure and telecommunications system to the bustling souks of downtown, the cobbled walkways and art galleries of the first circle and the jasmine scented neighborhood of Lweibdeh, where nothing beats enjoying a cup of Turkish coffee as the sun sets over the charming neighborhoods of old Amman.

The Festival will be hosted in the Abdali district, with its state-of-the art theaters, five-stars hotels, multiple cafés and restaurants, pedestrian area all within a walking distance from the theaters and the festival’s main venues. 

To learn more about the venue of the festival, visit Abdali Boulevard’s website.

Amman is a city of contrasts and so there’s something in it for everyone, for every age group and interest. Whether you’re looking for the arts and culture scene, a glimpse into history, an unparalleled food experience or the vibrant nightlife, Amman has you covered.

As far as the art scene goes, there are plenty of artistic and cultural spaces, such as the Film House of the Royal Film Commission, described as the doorway to educate and inspire those who want to learn and know more about cinema, film, and the audio-visual arts. The Film House aims to develop the audio-visual industry while encouraging the emerging film culture in Jordan.

Jordanian culture is rooted in hospitality and as such, has fostered an unparalleled food culture. Go in pursuit of the perfect falafel, hummus and mezze dishes at Hashem, a Jordanian institution long-serving the population from the heart of downtown Amman. Walk off the falafel and head towards Habeeba, another Jordanian institution, which offers what is arguably the best Kunafah you’ll ever try.

If Levantine popular cuisine isn’t your thing, restaurants in Amman cover the whole range of international cuisines from fast food chains to fine dining establishments. No matter what you prefer, one thing is certain, you’ll never go hungry in Amman!

Amman’s nightlife is understated yet vibrant. Amman has a range of restaurants, gastropubs and bars to explore. At the end of a long day of events in Abdali, check out any of the rooftop restaurants and bars, all within a walking distance of the Festival’s main events. You can also venture out into the posh neighborhood of Abdoun or Jabal Amman for more.

To get around the city, Uber and Careem are the most dependable ride-sharing apps and the next car is rarely more than three minutes away. An average Uber/ Careem ride varies from 2 JOD to 5 JODs. Local yellow taxis and public buses are also available.

Last but not least, Amman is safe. It is a big capital with some 4,5 million residents, yet secure.

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Explore Further If you are staying a few more days in Jordan, we recommend you venture out of the Capital and explore more of the country itself.

You can go for a day trip to Jerash, one of the best Roman preserved cities in the region. You can go for a different swim at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and enjoy the weightless feeling of floating in its salty waters. Alternatively, you can hike in the lush reserve of Ajloun; and if time allows, spend a night in one of its ecolodges.

Last but not least, take the time to go south and see by yourself the magnificence of the Nabataean city of Petra, one of the Seven World Wonders. Then head towards Wadi Rum 

the filming location of so many movies from “Lawrence of Arabia” to “The Martian”, “Aladdin” and most recently “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. Stick around till sunset when its sand dunes turn into the most beautiful shades of purple and pink and then spend the night around a bonfire, camping under the stars.

Weather Amman is known for its distinctive dry and pleasant weather in the region, particularly in Spring. In April, temperatures wouldn’t exceed 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) nor get lower than 12 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit) at night.

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Office Address: Edgo Atrium. 1 Rafiq Al-Hariri Avenue, Abdali, Amman, Jordan

Email: info@aiff.jo