Tropfest Arabia powered by TwoFour54 offers short film workshop in Amman to inspire local talent

TROPFEST Arabia is hosting an exciting series of free workshops on short filmmaking to inspire budding filmmakers to submit a film to TROPFEST Arabia 2013. The next session will take place at the Film House at The Royal Film Commission, Amman, on Wednesday 15th May, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The Amman workshop will show how to make a great short film and how to successfully submit an entry for TROPFEST Arabia 2013, an expansion of TROPFEST, the world’s largest short film festival. Now in its third year, TROPFEST Arabia is powered by twofour54 with the aim to contribute to the development of the Arab film industry by giving young filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work to the region’s film industry and the community. The series of TROPFEST Arabia workshops is being rolled out across 14 different cities across the Middle East and North Africa.

The practical two hour sessions will be run by filmmaker and cinematographer, Fadi S. Wahbeh. Fadi is a former professor at the University of North Texas and is currently a field operations producer at New York University, Abu Dhabi. Fadi will be joined by Rifqi Assaf, a Jordanian/Palestinian Filmmaker, writer and poet. Rifqi pursued his filmmaking career by attending filmmaking workshops with Amman Filmmakers Cooperative. He started his filmmaking career by directing 4 short films, where he won several awards for his short film "The View" as a co-writer and co-director.

At the workshop, Fadi and Rifqi will share top tips on film development, their real life experiences, and will answer the audience’s questions on film and TROPFEST Arabia. The session will also cover the short filmmaking process, give practical guidance to participants and provide inspiration for this year’s entries by presenting submissions from TROPFEST Arabia 2011 and 2012. Short film is the traditional career entry point for young filmmakers, so the workshop sessions will cover the filmmaking basics enabling participants to make their own short film.

An important part of the workshops will be the introduction of the TROPFEST Arabia signature item (TSI) which this year is ‘time’, which must be incorporated into each submission. It is designed to test the creativity of filmmakers and to ensure that entries are made specifically for TROPFEST Arabia 2013. To participate in the TROPFEST Arabia workshops and submit a film entry, participants must be a citizen of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Nationals from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen are eligible.