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Amman International Film Festival to host Franco-Arab FF during its 2nd edition

The Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) will be hosting the Franco-Arab Film Festival during its 2nd edition, which will take place between 23 and 31 August 2021 in a special section called “Franco-Arab Rendez-Vous”.
Amman International Film Festival to host Franco-Arab FF during its 2nd edition

Live, in person and bringing its audience some gems from the region, the Amman International Film Festival has added a new section to its spectrum. In addition to the official selection of films competing for the Black Iris Awards in four different sections (Arab Feature-Length Narrative, Arab Feature-Length Documentary, Arab Short and International), the Franco-Arab Rendez-Vous will showcase several films out-of-competition.

The Franco-Arab Rendez-Vous section will feature French films or films co-produced by France, all recent productions and Jordanian premieres. The section will also include the two short Jordanian films winners of the Franco-Arab film competition this year, in addition to the two shorts that won in the sister competition held every year in Noisy-Le-Sec (Paris).

AIFF is directed by Nada Doumani for the second year in a row with Areeb Zuaiter as programmer, while Bassam Alasad will be heading their Industry Section.

About the Franco-Arab Rendez-Vous Doumani said: “We are excited to host a section dedicated to the Franco-Arab Film Festival. It is a significant component that diversifies what the festival has to offer. We believe that by joining efforts with a long-term established festival in Jordan, we are enriching the programming of the AIFF and reaching out to a larger audience. We hope this cooperation will mature and continue in the years to come, especially that numerous Arab films are co-produced with France. There are also many new additions this year that will be made public later on and that are bringing this second edition of the AIFF to a new level.”

The French Cultural Attaché and Director of the Institut Français de Jordanie, Gilles Roulland, added: “The Franco-Arab Film Festival has been running in the heart of Amman for more than two decades organised by the French Institute in Jordan and in partnership with the Royal Film Commission, Greater Amman Municipality and others. Our aim has been always to promote the co-produced films between France and the Arab World and build bridges between Jordanian audiences and French productions. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we had to cancel last year’s edition for the first time in 25 years. For this year’s edition, we have decided to join the AIFF; this new step will enrich our festival and give it a new spirit. Our Short Films Competition will take place this year to give the chance to Jordanians, who are starting their career in filmmaking, to participate in both documentary and fiction categories.”

The Board of AIFF is headed by Princess Rym Ali and includes Raja Gargour, Omar Masri, Kinan Jaradat and Nadia Sukhtian and the Festival is run by a small, yet dedicated and passionate, team.

AIFF will announce its line-up in the weeks to come. For all information, do visit their website.

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