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A very beautiful and versatile filming location, Jordan woos filmmakers with special incentives

Jordan is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan, from which the country derives its name. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is located in the heart of the Middle East and shares borders with Syria to the north, Iraq to the east, Saudi Arabia to the south-east and Palestine and Israel to the west. It’s only port, Aqaba, is located at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba.

Jordan enjoys a variety of geographical features, starting from the Jordan Rift Valley in the west, which is an extension of the Great Rift Valley that runs through Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa, ending in the desert plateau of the east. It boasts a diversity of landscapes including deserts, forests, marshes, beaches, plains, rolling hills and fertile river valleys.

Jordan is steeped in history and culture. Jordanians are warm, friendly and hospitable. They are proud of their Arab heritage and are happy to act as hosts and guides. Jordan is primarily a Muslim country but freedom of all religions is protected. Conservative dress for both men and women is advisable outside the cities.

There are plenty of opportunities in terms of locations all across the country. The souks or local markets in the larger towns and cities are treasure troves for those seeking something a little out of the ordinary. Amman offers sophisticated locations from shops to boutiques as well.This Middle-Eastern country seduces filmmakers with its alluring Arabian mystique and charm.

Climate

The climate is semi-dry in summer, with average temperatures in the mid-30 °C. It is relatively cold in winter, averaging around 13 °C. The western part of the country receives greater precipitation during winter, from November to March, and snowfall in Amman.The major characteristic of the climate is humid from November to March and semi-dry for the rest of the year. With hot, dry summers and cool winters during which practically all of the precipitation occurs, the country has a Mediterranean-style climate.

Filming In Jordan

Filming in Jordan is not only resourceful but proficient as well from the diversity of locations, including over ten different types of deserts, several beaches, forests and historic sites. Films set in almost any part of the Middle East and several other parts of the world may be filmed in Jordan like Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Afghanistan, Spain and New Mexico. All these places can all be artistically recreated in Jordan. Additional attractions are the low cost of cast, crew and production services, free public locations, availability of efficient services (telecommunication, hotels), stable political and social environment and royal and government support for the film industry and foreign producers.

There is no fixed incentive plan for filming in Jordan. However, the Royal Film Commission (RFC) provides ample guidance and help with the government. Foreign crews do not pay taxes on their income in Jordan. The RFC can help by locating cost-effective production services to reduce budgets. A vast array of film funding is available for foreign producers who shoot their films in Jordan.

Film Fund

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan supports the activities and programmes that develop the potential of the independent film industry, as well as its economic viability and continuity. To that end, the Jordan Film Fund (JFF) has been established to provide financial and professional assistance for the development and production of cinematic projects. The JFF aims at empowering filmmakers to tell their stories and creating new jobs in the film industry, especially in Jordan. Financial assistance is provided according to criteria related to quality and potential success.

The JFF supports projects in the following phases:

  • Development
  • Production
  • Post-Production

The JFF supports narrative and documentary feature length and short films. The total budget allocated to 2012 projects was JOD 500,000.

There are certain criteria for applicants aiming to receive funding for their projects. Applicants who successfully pass the Compulsory Prerequisite status proceed to the Point System Evaluation (PSE). Funds are split between successful applications. The producer must remain in his / her role throughout the entire production. This means that the production must have the same producer from start to finish.

Applicants who successfully pass the Compulsory Prerequisites stage are eligible to enter the PSE stage, where the production is evaluated for merits on the basis of developing the Jordanian film industry.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Your application is eligible if:

  • It has a Jordanian national occupying one of the following roles: producer, director or a writer
  • It has at least 50 per cent of all dialogue, narration, voiceover and other forms of communication in Arabic
  • It has all the required sections filled in, and accompanied by the required supporting documents

Non-Eligible Applications

Applications belonging to any of the following categories:

  • Music Videos
  • TV/Web commercials
  • Advertisements
  • TV Series
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