Jordan and its burgeoning film industry has been singled out for praise at this month's Abu Dhabi’s Circle Conference and Film Festival.
The kingdom was profiled in a panel discussion entitled “Success Story from the Middle East”, which was chaired by HRH Princess Rym Ali. During the discussion, the Jordanian film sector was praised by Nicolas Chartier, who produced the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker in the kingdom in 2007.
The festival also awarded one of its Shasha development grants to the Jordanian filmmaker and journalist, Dima Hamdan. Chosen from among six finalists and awarded a prize of $50,000, Hamdan’s film, “The Kidnap”, is set in Amman and tells the story of a Jordanian police chief whose pregnant wife is kidnapped.
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival also screened the movie “Incendies”, which was filmed in Jordan in 2009 and employed over 700 Jordanian film professionals. The movie, which was voted Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver film festival, has garnered a lot of praise and has been selected as Canada’s submission to next year’s Academy Awards
Recently, two Jordanian shorts – “Bitter Days” by Amjad Al Rasheed and “Missing” by Tarek al Rimawi – were awarded at Beirut International Film Festival last week. The RFC also highlighted the fact that a dozen Jordanian short films have been chosen by international festivals since the beginning of this year.
“We believe that the growing success of Jordan as a filming location is the result of hard work, commitment and quality of services”, said Princess Rym Ali who is also a Commissioner at Jordan’s Royal Film Commission (RFC).
“In Jordan, our priority is to develop our own film industry by training budding filmmakers, nurturing the audience’s taste and reaching out to communities who usually don’t have access to that art. Cinema and filmmaking are not an elitist occupation and there is a genuine will in Jordan to make it accessible to whoever has interest in it, with increased educational opportunities and production facilities,” she added.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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