HDI’s Programming for Emerging Filmmakers 2024 in Partnership with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan

The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) works around the world to inform and foster dialogue amongst critical stakeholders on key global issues. We do this through our programs with the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, engaging young people, supporting cultural diplomacy, and working on humanitarian programs.  One of HDI’s main activities is working with emerging filmmakers.

HDI is proud to implement a program with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Jordan and in partnership with The Royal Film Commission (Jordan). From March 3rd to March 14th, HDI arranged for twelve young filmmakers to receive intensive training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Theater, Film and Television.  After the weeklong course, the Jordanian students received specialized training from HDI’s Film Consultant, award-winning filmmaker Bill Megalos.

This included a focus on film marketing and distribution and an emphasis on filmmakers’ freedom to experiment with new concepts and techniques. There were also visits to Hollywood studios and meetings with the film community.

Now that the filmmakers have returned to Jordan, they are embarking on an exciting journey of collaboration. They will be working in teams to produce six compelling short documentary films.  Three of these films will shed light on issues concerning people with disabilities, while the other three will tackle pressing environmental and climate change concerns. In August, Mr. Megalos will journey to Jordan to assist with the final editing of the films and to conduct classes in Wadi Rum, specifically for women filmmakers from the Bedouin community.

We will be uploading trailers from these films, so please check back.