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34th edition of European film ends; 3,400 people watch 15 films

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AMMAN — More than 3,400 people watched European movies during the 34th edition of the European Film Festival (EUFF) in 3 different locations in Amman, Irbid, and Salt, according to a press statement.اضافة اعلان

The festival concluded recently with the screening of the Jordanian film “Daughters of Abdul-Rahman”, directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan, as Jordan was the guest of honour at this year’s festival.

The EUFF has been the EU’s cultural flagship event since it was first organized in 1989.

The closing ceremony was held at the Haya Cultural Center Theater, in the presence of movie lovers and representatives of embassies and European cultural centers in Jordan.  During the ceremony, the winners of the “Mobile Film Competition” were also announced.

The Mobile Film Competition was organized in partnership with SAE Institute Jordan under three themes: Environmental change due to pollution, the age of artificial intelligence, and women’s rights.

The first winner was Raja Yasin, who won an iPhone 14 in addition to a full scholarship to join a filming course provided by SAE Amman.

The second winner was Lujain Mohammad, and the third was Bayan Abu Taema. Both received a full scholarship to attend a filming course provided by SAE Amman.

The EUFF is funded by the EU in Jordan, and co-organized with the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).

The festival is organized with the participation of the embassies of the EU member states and European cultural institutes.

Johanna Rohaland-Lindner, vice president EUNIC and deputy head of mission at the Austrian embassy Amman, said: “for the 34th time, we have worked together to continue the tradition of bringing audiences from Jordan and Europe together, and creating a space to discover and better get to know one another.”

“After two online editions in the past couple of years, we finally got to come together again in person,” she said. “We hope that the past two weeks have been an opportunity not only to watch movies on the big screen, but also to meet and create new links.”

During 13 days, the festival presented the Jordanian audience with different film genres that varied from comedy to drama, documentaries, and romance, among others.

It featured 15 European films, including: “Civilization: a good news about the end of the world” from the Czech Republic, “Never Gonna Snow Again” from Poland, “Oscar and Lily, Where No One Knows Us” from Austria, “My Donkey, My Lover and I” from France, “The Gods of Molenbeek” from Belgium, “Family Member” from Cyprus, “Rumi Salon” from the Netherlands, “The Audition” from Germany, “House of Dolls” from Romania, “Bubble Gum” from Bulgaria, “Fire Will Come” Spain, “Here Before” from Ireland, “I Run to You” from Italy, “Cold Case” from Sweden, and “The Reason I Jump” from the UK.

The festival included two sessions; a Q&A with the director of “House of Dolls” movie Tudor Platon, and a discussion panel following the screening of “The Reason I Jump” movie, which featured Autism experts Jemman Ammar, Mustafa Denou and Waad Abu-Zurayk.

To promote European Films outside of Amman, three screenings were held in Irbid and Salt in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission, with an audience that mostly included university students.

A free workshop about “Camera Movement & Shot Sizes” was also held in partnership with SAE Amman.

The EUFF is the longest-running foreign film festival in Jordan. This year’s festival was held in partnership with the Media Commission, the Royal Film Commission, the Greater Amman Municipality, SAE Institute, and LOYAC.

Media partnerships included: Roya TV, Watar FM and Mood FM, and Hawa Amman radio.


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