• First Name Darin
  • Surname Sallam
  • Country of Origin Jordan
  • Country of Residence Jordan


Jordanian director and writer Darin J. Sallam holds a BA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Cinematic Arts from the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts (RSICA). To her credit, she has five award winning short films including "Still Alive" (2010) and "The Dark Outside" (2012), which received multiple awards and screened in internationally acclaimed film festivals worldwide. Her latest short fiction film "The Parrot" (2016) received the 2015 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the jury awards of Twin Cities Minnesota and Malmö Arab Film Festivals 2017. She is currently working on her debut feature narrative film project entitled “Farha”, showcased at several film markets and recipient of multiple awards. Sallam is the recipient of the 2017 Artist in Residency Fellowship at La Cité Internationale des Arts and of Film Independent’s 2018 Global Media Makers Fellowship. She has been a jury member on several international film festivals and is also co-founder and managing partner at TaleBox, a Jordanian production and training company based in Amman.



Director/Writer, Farha (feature narrative film, in financing) o Recipient of the ART Award, Dubai Film Connection 2016. o Recipient of the Emirati Ministry of Interior Award, 13th Dubai International Film Festival 2016. o Recipient of the Halo Post-Production Award, Pitching Forum Espinho 2017 o Selected to the Producers’ Network - 50th Carthage Cinematic Days (JCC), Nov. 2016 o Selected to Dubai Film Connection - 13th Dubai International Film Festival, Dec. 2016 o Selected to Beirut Cinema Platform - 9th Beirut Cinema Days, Mar. 2017 o Selected to the Artist-in-Residency Fellowship Program at La Cité Internationale des Arts 2017 o Selected to the Screenplay Development Workshop Sud Ecriture 2017 o Selected to Malmö Arab Film Fesival’s MAFF Development Fund Pitching Forum, Oct. 2018 o Selected to Global Media Makers Fellowship Program by Film Independent, Sept.-Oct. 2018 - Director/Writer, The Parrot (2016, Jordan/Germany, 18’24) o Recipient of the 2015 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. o Winner: Jury Award at the Twin Cities Minnesota Film Festival 2017 o Winner: Jury Award at Malmö Arab Film Festival 2017 - Director, The Dark Outside (2012, Jordan, 14’45) o Winner: Best narrative fiction of the 18th Franco Arab Film Festival 2012, Jordan. o Winner: 1st prize at the Pentedattilo Film Festival 2012, Italy (Women’s Issues Category). o Winner: Jury special mention at the Original Narrative Film Festival in Dubai in 2014. o Winner: Jury special mention at the Tiznit Short Film Festival in Morocco in 2014. - Writer/Producer/Director, Still Alive (2010, Jordan, 4’00) o Winner: 1st prize at the Short Film Competition held by European Film Festival 2010, Jordan. - Director, The Balcony (2008, Jordan, 13’00) This film was produced through the 4th Digital Filmmaking Workshop held by the Royal Film Commission –Jordan in June 2008. o Winner: 2nd place at the Digicon Competition for Short Films 2009, Japan. - Writer/Producer/Director,The Moment of Nidal (2’16, short fiction film, Jordan, 2006) o Winner: 2nd place at the 2 Minute Movie Competition “Movies in Motion” held by MBC Group in 2009, Dubai, U.A.E.

Position / Profession

  • Director
  • Writer
  • Education level MFA (Masters degree) in filmmaking specialized in Directing.
  • Years of experience 10 years
  • Employment Self employed
  • Company Name TaleBox
  • Year of service since 2016

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