Amman Filmmakers Cooperative

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Amman Filmmakers Cooperative
Amman Filmmakers Cooperative logo.JPG
Founder(s) Hazim Bitar
Established 2002
Location Amman, Jordan

The Amman Filmmakers Cooperative [1](تعاونية عمان للأفلام) (in Arabic) promotes independent Jordanian and Palestinian Diaspora filmmaking through training, experimentation, and networking. The Cooperative seeks to empower student filmmakers to produce films using very nominal resources and with the help of digital filmmaking tools. The Cooperative also manages the Jordan Short Film Festival,[2] an art film festival established in 2004.


Founded in 2002 by Palestinian diaspora filmmaker Hazim M. Bitar, The Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC) began as a social network[3] of cinema aficionados in Jordan. In 2003, the Cooperative started offering free filmmaking workshops and production support to independent filmmakers.


Since 2003, Cooperative graduates completed over 50 short films.[4] Cooperative graduates boast the highest film festival selection rates in the history of Jordanian cinema. Many of those films have been selected to Academy-Certified film festivals as well as other regional film festivals such as :-

[10] The list of Academy-Certified film festivals [11] selections includes the films The View,[12] Sharar,[13] Growing Up in Amman Suburbia.[14] Feature film scripts by its workshop graduates have been selected as finalists in renowned script competitions such as the Film Finance Circle[15] and The Locarno International Film Festival - Open Doors.[16][17]

Community Initiatives[edit]

In 2007 the Cooperative and the Spanish Embassy in Jordan worked together to launch Hope Films, a project that organizes workshops for disadvantaged Jordanian communities including Palestinian refugee camps.[18] and the Jordan Short Film Festival

Educational Approach[edit]

The instructors are industry professionals with a proven track record in the field of filmmaking. Guest instructors are invited to shed light on specialized topics. Using commercially available multimedia editing software and video production hardware, the students learn how to produce films within limited budgets. To sustain the activity of workshop graduates, the Cooperative, in partnership with local NGOs, establishes small production units to allow students to continue their filmmaking activities after workshop completion.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The Amman Filmmakers Cooperative Official Website Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Jordan Short Film Festival Official Website Archived July 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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  4. ^ The Amman Filmmakers Cooperative Films Online
  5. ^ Middle East International Film Festival FILM: The View
  6. ^ Dubai International Film Festival FILM: Tough Luck
  7. ^ Ismailia Film Festival FILM: The Order of Out
  8. ^ Festival of Mediterranean Short Film of Tangier FILMS: Overdose, Alert Guns, Gentle Grandmother
  9. ^ Carthage Film Festival FILMS: Overdose and What a Job
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  15. ^ Film Finance Circle SCRIPT: Tafahum
  16. ^ Locarno International Film Festival - Open Doors SCRIPT: From Nowhere With Love
  17. ^ Festival Internazionale Del Cinema Di Salerno Special Merit Award - FILM:What a Job
  18. ^ Hope Films Launch Announcement