By Ruba Hattar
The Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) has announced the line-up of its inaugural edition, due to take place 23rd – 31st of August in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
The Royal Film commission stressed that "the inaugural edition remains similar to what was initially planned last Spring when the outbreak of COVID-19 brought the Festival’s preparations to a halt." The line-up includes 30 feature-length narratives and documentaries, Arab and international, in addition to nine Arab short films.
The Festival will open with the multi-awarded French movie “Les Misérables” on the 23rd of August, while “Luxor”, by the British-Jordanian filmmaker Zeina Durra, will screen at the closing awards ceremony on the 31st of August. The final schedule of the festival was selected from 700 film entries.
“The Festival is happening against all odds, mainly thanks to the commitment and resolve of its organisers and partners”, said Nada Doumani, Director of the AIFF.
“In these peculiar times, we are more than ever in need of cultural opportunities, and we strongly believe in the power of art and creativity and the necessity to support filmmakers in Jordan and the region.”
Keeping in line with rules of social distancing, and keen on offering an experience as physical and festive as it can be, the Festival had to find a creative alternative method through three drive-in cinemas in New Abdali area and one open-air theatre at the Royal Film Commission, in addition to a hybrid format – physical and online – for the industry activities of the Festival.
The Royal Film Commission announced that tickets for the Drive-in can be purchased on: www.aiff.jo as of 16 August 2020.
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