The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA), which was inaugurated in 2008, is a world class educational facility designed to create and deliver the highest quality professional screen practitioners, and assist in the development of a creative, sustainable and prosperous screen industry for Jordan and the MENA region.
James Hindman, Provost and co-founding member of the RSICA, said in his opening remarks: "The distance we have travelled with these graduates over our time together is enormous.
Over the past few months, RSICA has received a large number of applications from Jordan, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as other countries around the world.
The RSICA application process is based on thorough research, and expert consultation by the University of Southern California[THORN]as School of Cinematic Arts.
Following this step a full application package is submitted to the RSICA Admissions Department; the package including such varied elements as transcripts and CV, recommendation letters, a narrative essay, two creative writing assignments as well as a portfolio of creative work.
"We're nonprofit, and we're aiming to recruit the most talented people from across the region," says RSICA
project manager Claire Naber.
"I hope Aqaba becomes the Los Angeles of the Middle East," says RSICA
co-ordinator Rebecca Flores.
Commenting on the Institute's admissions process, RSICA's Chief Academic Officer, Mr.
Claire Naber, "RSICA is also currently planning a regional student recruitment and public outreach plan to coordinate with the coming academic year of 2009, with admissions set to open again in November".
Initiated by His Majesty King Abdullah's vision and the recommendation of Steven Spielberg, a historic collaboration to create RSICA was formed by the Royal Film Commission in Jordan with the world-renowned University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in 2004.
RSICA is another attempt to set up cross-cultural bridges between East and West in a region more commonly associated with conflict.
Officials at USC expect the first class to graduate from RSICA by 2011.