Announcing the winners of the Project Marketing Platforms at the Amman International Film Festival

After six days filled with workshops, seminars and panel discussions related to filmmaking, the activities of the “Amman Filmmakers Days” organized within the framework of the third edition of the Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film, concluded today. The winners of the Film Marketing Platform Awards were announced at a special ceremony held at the Royal Film Commission headquarters in Jordan, in the presence of the competing filmmakers, members of the jury and a number of local and regional media.
An independent jury selected nine projects under development or in post-production to win cash and prizes in kind, in addition to four projects that won prizes in the “Amman Filmmakers Market” from eighteen competing Jordanian and Arab projects.
The importance of these awards lies in paving the way for winning filmmakers to develop or complete their ongoing projects; This is something that the Amman Festival has paid special attention to since its inception. In this regard, this year the festival launched the Amman Filmmakers Market, with the aim of connecting filmmakers with potential funders, partners and distributors.
Over the course of four days, the participants presented their film projects to the jury after receiving training on methods of presenting and presenting projects in a professional and professional manner. The jury of “Amman Filmmakers Days” consisted of the famous filmmaker Rashid Mashharawi, expert filmmaker Myriam Sassin, cultural advisor Muhammad Bin Jabbour, curator and art historian Reem Fadda and famous actress Rakeen Saad.
About the winning projects and their high potential, the jury said in a statement: “The projects are beautiful and we liked them, some of them are really at a high level and deserve support and love. We would like to support everyone, but the role of the committees is to select, and this is always a difficult role, which forced us to set criteria for selection, the most important of which are the quality and seriousness of projects and the critical is. and unusual thinking that elevates our societies, our imaginations and our narratives. This festival is a place for freedom and beautiful hard work, and we as a committee have chosen to move away from the ordinary, direct and consumer. We hope to see these projects come to fruition and participate in this wonderful festival in its upcoming sessions.”
Grants and partnerships
The Amman Filmmakers Days awards, which were awarded through partnerships established by the festival with local and foreign institutions, were awarded as follows:
Projects in Development Category Awards:
– A cash prize for a film in development, valued at $5,000, provided by the Royal Film Commission of Jordan for “The Fire Stealing,” directed by Amer Shomali and produced by Rashid Abdel Hamid.
– A cash prize for a Jordanian film (the first feature) in development, valued at $5,000, presented by Hikmat Al-Thaqafa for “The Elevator” directed by Saleh Al-Khatibeh.
A cash prize for a film in development of $5,000, presented by IEFTA, to “Aisha Can’t Fly Anymore”, directed by Murad Mustafa and produced by Sawsan Youssef.
Filming equipment for a project in the development stage, valued at $10,000, provided by Slate Film Services for “Extension” directed by Mony Abu Samra and produced by Yenal Kassai.
Consulting services in the field of environmentally friendly scenario development and best sustainable production practices, valued at $10,000, provided by Greener Screen Company, for “Seasons of Jannat” directed by Mahdi Hemili and produced by Moufida Fadila.
An invitation to attend the Malmö Arab Film Festival in 2023 for a Jordanian film (the first film) in the development stage, presented by the Malmö Festival for “Extension” directed by Moni Abu Samra and produced by Yenal Kassai.
– A seat for a film directed by an “Arab female director” at the Luxor Festival for African Films, presented by the Luxor Festival for “Extension” directed by Mony Abu Samra and produced by Yenal Kassai.
Consulting services for three sessions on the DOX Garage platform for a documentary film in the development stage, provided by DOX Box Company, directed by Youmna Khattab and produced by Ahmed Amer.
Post-production projects Category Awards:
A cash prize for a film in post-production of $5,000 from Nation Productions for “Bye Tiberias”, directed by Lina Swilam and produced by Marie Nizan.
Post-production services, valued at $21,000, provided by the Australian College of Communications (SAE) to “The Harvest Moon”, directed by Rama Ayasra, and produced by Maryam Selim and Asmahan Bakirat.
Film branding services valued at $10,000 from Creative Media Solutions for Swinging Fields directed by Sareen Herbridian and produced by Azza Hourani.
Color setting services for a motion picture in post-production valued at $10,000, provided by Rum Productions, for “Swinging Fields” directed by Sareen Herbridian and produced by Azza Hourani.
Design and sound mixing services for a $10,000 film in post-production from SWISH Audio House for Swinging Fields, directed by Sareen Herbridian and produced by Azza Hourani.
– Color correction services for a documentary film in post-production valued at $15,000, provided by Lab Palestine for “Bye Tiberias,” directed by Lina Suwailem and produced by Jean-Marie Nizan.
Amman Filmmaker Awards:
– DCP job services worth $10,000 from The Cell for “Aisha Can’t Fly Anymore” directed by Murad Mustafa and produced by Sawsan Youssef.
– Minimum guarantees against distribution and sales rights in the Arab world, amounting to $10,000, provided by MAD Solutions for “Evening Tree” directed and produced by Adel Bakri.
Minimum guarantees against distribution and sales rights in the Arab world of $10,000 from MAD Solutions for “The Last Training” directed by Yassin Fannan and produced by Koter Tzruti.
– A cash prize for a feature film in development, valued at $10,000, provided by ART for “Breakfast, Tomorrow and Dinner” directed by Mohamed Samir and produced by Marwa Abdullah.
It is noteworthy that this year “Amman Filmmakers Days” presented a rich program that included thirteen dialogue sessions and six workshops with film experts and professionals dealing with various topics in the art of filmmaking at the local, regional and international levels.

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