The Royal Film Commission Issues Safety Guidelines for Filming in Jordan
Amman – 22nd June 2020
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) issued guidelines for the audio-visual sector detailing safety and precautionary measures to limit the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19) for filming in Jordan. These guidelines aim to secure a safe working environment for local and foreign productions filming in the country during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines are officially posted on the Ministry of Labor’s website on 15th June 2020.
The RFC has conducted an extensive study on international procedures implemented in the audio-visual sector, during the current global health situation. The results of the study were reflected in a series of protocols and guidelines to regulate the work of local and foreign productions, allowed to shoot in the Kingdom. All necessary preventive measures were approved by the Jordanian Ministries of Health and Labor.
The guidelines detail a set of mandatory requirements, including: conducting tests, maintaining social distance, minimizing the number of people on set, organizing arrivals and entry to set, providing suitable accommodation for film crews, in addition to optimizing hygiene and cleaning requirements as well as practicing precautionary measures such as wearing masks and emergency procedures. It is also required that crew members undertake a health and safety awareness training prior to their shoot. Productions are obligated to assign a health and safety supervisor - accredited by the Ministry of Labor - in order to monitor the implementation of the required procedures.
Mohannad Al-Bakri, the RFC’s Managing Director, commented: “In the past few months, we have exerted great efforts to develop a system of protocols and procedures in order to resume the audio-visual activity in the Kingdom. While we strive to restore filming in Jordan, both locally and internationally, because of its vital economic impact, we are fully committed to adhere to public safety measures.” He added: “Our work goes in line with the success achieved by the Governmental measures, which have reduced the number of infections and contaminated areas within the country. We look forward to resuming productions, including foreign ones.”
In the past last three months, six TV and cinema projects were completed; while four Jordanian productions are currently being shot, in addition to a number of commercials and documentaries. These projects had committed in writing to follow the Government’s safety instructions.
Foreign crews will follow the country’s decisions regarding air travel as well as regulations for entering the Kingdom. The guidelines include recommendation for international productions planning to film in Jordan. Beginning of July, Jordan will welcome again a big Korean production, which had suspended its activities with the global outbreak of the pandemic. The production shall resume its filming while abiding by all required safety measures.
Please visit the RFC’s website to check the audio-visual sector’s guide of filming protocols during COVID-19 pandemic: http://www.film.jo/Contents/Filming-Procedure.aspx
For more information, please call: Marian Nakho 0797557116
About The Royal Film Commission – Jordan:
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.