AIFF is accepting films for its competitive sections reserved for Arab ﬁlmmakers which include feature-length narrative competition which aims to highlight first-timers in the fields of directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, editing and acting.
The inaugural edition of the Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) has announced that it is open to submissions from Arab filmmakers starting September 3 until January 31, 2020. Organised under the umbrella of the Royal Film Commission (RFC) and slated to be held in Jordan’s Abdali district, the festival will take place from April 13 until the April 18, 2020.
AIFF is accepting films for its competitive sections reserved for Arab filmmakers which include feature-length narrative competition which aims to highlight first-timers in the fields of directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, editing and acting.
The second section is the feature-length documentary competition for first-time directors.
The third competitive category is the short film competition for first-time directors in the narrative, experimental and animation genres.
Commenting on AIFF, Princess Rym Ali, Festival President said: “The aim is to develop and promote an Arab cinema that reflects the creativity of the region and tackles the issues that are prevalent today, while providing an accessible cultural event to film lovers in Jordan. We are building on the cumulative success of the RFC’s screenings for the past twelve years.”
The festival will feature an international section that will showcase non-Arab debut ﬁlms from across the world.
In addition, the “First & Last Film” section will pay tribute to two renowned directors – one Arab and one international – screening their first and last films in their presence.
An international jury of professionals from the film industry will select the winners in each category and the audience will get the opportunity to vote for its favourite titles.
AIFF will also be the setting of the first edition of its industry arm, the “Amman Film Industry Days” (AFID), taking place from April 15 to April 17, 2020.
AFID will host master classes and seminars with directors and film stars, as well as discussions with producers, financiers and distributors revolving around the latest topics in cinema. It will also hold pitching sessions for projects in development and/or in post-production.
A cooperation agreement has been signed between Raja Gargour, a member of the Festival’s Board of Directors, and Bater Kardan, the CEO of Abdali Investment & Development group to ensure that the participants benefit from the festival’s multiple events, while enjoying the facilities around them in a comfortable environment.