Cinema: 30th European film festival to kick off in Amman

From Sept 19, event also includes performances and workshops

12 September, 12:41

    AMMAN - The annual European Film Festival (EUFF) is scheduled to kick off its 30th edition in Amman from September 19 and 29, promising an array of award winning movies, concerts and interviews with top film makers, organizers said.
    As many as 19 European productions will feature this year, coming from several European countries, most of which will have Arabic subtitles, the organisers highlighted in a press statement.
    The festival is funded by the EU Delegation in Jordan and organised in partnership with the Royal Film Commission (RFC), the Ministry of Culture, the Jordan Tourism Board and the Greater Amman Municipality.
    Viewing will be at Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Ras Al Ain during weekdays and at the Rainbow Theatre in Jabal Amman on Saturdays.
    The event also includes performances, creative competitions and workshops. A question and answer session with producers, actors and industry executives will also be a main feature during the festival.
    The festival will run its usual tour to several governorates across the Kingdom including Salt, Zarqa, Mafraq and Irbid, where movies will be screened in various RFC film houses.
    EU officials told ANSA they hope interviews with film makers and actors will bring advantage to local film industry, inspire young artists and trigger improvement in film industry in the kingdom.
    Jordan's audio visual industry has been having its ups and downs over the past decades due to economic and political challenges. During the 1970s and 1980s local drama was popular across Arab region in the gulf and the Middle East. The past several years saw an improvement in audio film industry following the success of low budget films depicting the unique aspects about Jordan, its paradoxes and story telling, let alone the arrival of Hollywood-based film makers to shoot blockbuster movies.

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