Kingdom of Jordan hosted 13 feature films and 26 TV series in 2019

Denis Villeneuve’s hotly anticipated film Dune was among the projects to shoot in the territory this year

By Chris Evans 30 Dec 2019

Kingdom of Jordan hosted 13 feature films and 26 TV series in 2019

The Kingdom of Jordan has had an impressive year, hosting 13 feature films, 26 TV series, and 93 short films, including US and Serbian projects, according to the Royal Film Commission.

The territory is proving very popular, hosting Warner Bros Pictures/Legendary Entertainment’s science fiction film Dune, starring Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac, earlier this year.

Other projects to shoot in the territory in 2019 include the US sci-fi series Away and Serbian director Hadzi Aleksandar Durovic’s film A Cross in the Desert; the first Serbian movie to shoot in Jordan. While local projects included Darin J. Sallam’s feature debut Farha, a historical drama that shot in Amman, Ajloun and Balqa; Oscar nominated Bassel Ghandour’s romantic drama The Alleys, which filmed in Amman, and Zaid Abu Hamdan’s Daughters of Abdulrahman, which also shot in the capital.   

Princess Rym Ali, a member of the board of commissioners at the Royal Film Commission, visited the film sets of the three Jordanian feature movies where she met the directors and film crews.

She said: “This year is a beacon for Jordanian cinema; we are eager to watch the Jordanian productions on the big screen, show them to the public and celebrate their creators, wishing them continuous progress and success. There is currently a momentum for filming local, Arab and international productions in the Kingdom; and the RFC is providing all necessary comprehensive production services to secure a comfortable and enabling environment for these projects to see the light.”

Other Arabic productions to shoot in Jordan include Egyptian director Yassir Sami’s TV series The End, which filmed in Salt, Karak Castle and Wadi Bin Hammad, and Palastinian directors Arab and Tarzan Nasser’s movie 3 Miles to Love, which filmed in Madaba and Amman.

Jordan further boosted its profile as a shooting location for international productions in October with the announcement that the upper limit of the Kingdom’s cash rebate has risen from 20% to 25% for eligible productions. The maximum rebate granted to a foreign production has also been lifted to $2m.

Previous major projects to shoot in the territory include JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which filmed in Wadi Rum and Shakriah, and Guy Ritchie’s live action remake of Alladin, which also filmed in Wadi Rum. Special screenings of the two movies took place in Jordan earlier this month.

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