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Six Months Later Cooperative Filmmakers Surprised by Film Award

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    Italian Festival Hands Cooperative film What a Job Special Merit Award in 2008. (Filmmakers Learn of Award Six Months Later) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (AMMAN - May
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10, 2009
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      Italian Festival Hands Cooperative film What a Job Special Merit Award in 2008.

      (Filmmakers Learn of Award Six Months Later)

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      (AMMAN - May 10, 2009) The jury of one of Italy's oldest film festivals, The 62nd Edition of the Festival Internazionale Del Cinema Di Salerno, awarded short film What a Job, by the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative, a Special Merit award. The verdict was issued back in November 2008 but the Cooperative has learned of the award on May 10, 2009 when a package containing the award plaque arrived by mail.

      "This film has been a source of constant surprises for us but nothing close to this," said Cooperative founder Hazim Bitar. "It was one of those films made with a very local message yet it seems to have resonated with other audiences as well."

      The film was produced and directed by Cooperative founder Hazim Bitar and two of his students Omar Saleh (Telecom Engineer) and Mohammad Aboujarad (IT Specialist) with the support of lead actor Eyad Ayesh (IT Manager).

      The short film What a Job has been selected previously to various festivals such as Carthage Film Festival, San Francisco Arab Film Festival, Jordan Short Film Festival, Sarajevo Winter Festival, MESA FilmFest, Izmir Short Film Festival, Emirates Film Competition, Amsterdam Film Experience, and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market.

      Co-director Omar Saleh's filmography includes short films Decision Man, The Last Patch, What a Job, and I am Ready. Saleh is now finalizing his first feature script, Tafahum, which has been selected to the prestigious Film Circle in Abu Dhabi. Co-director Mohammad Abujarad is concentrating on his IT career to save money for his next film.

      This is the second award for Cooperative films in Italian film festivals, with the film Growing Up in Amman's Suburbia winning Special Mention for best Documentary at Magma Film Festival in 2006.

      NOTE: Due to erroneous film submission content on our part, the name of co-director Mohammad Abujarad was accidentally replaced with name of filmmaker Rifqi Assaf. The festival has been informed about this error.


      RELATED LINKS

      - The 62nd Edition of the Festival Internazionale Del Cinema Di Salerno
      http://www.festivaldelcinema.it/UploadDoc/UploadNews/Elenco_Premi_Sezioni_Specializzate_2008.pdf

      - Omar Saleh's Feature Project Selected to Film Finance Circle
      http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117992917.html?categoryid=3257&cs=1

      Omar Saleh: A Jordanian Indie Filmmaker & Actor with an Attitude
      - http://jordanianfilms.com/profile-saleh.htm

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