In what has become an annual tradition, the Arab Cinema Centre is unveiling here its latest survey of those currently seen as having the greatest international influence on Arab filmmaking. The Golden 101 lists the names of individuals, companies and institutions who have made the most significant waves over these past two years—and are most likely to keep doing so in the year ahead. This longer-than-usual qualifying period reflects the COVID-enforced interruptions of the past 18 months—a prolonged hiatus that also explains the absence of some of the more regular names in film sales from our previous lists. Their presence at film markets have not been quite as keenly felt as in previous years. They will surely return in greater force next year.

Over the following pages you will see names of the golden one hundred and one talents and entities that the filmmaking world needs to know based on our latest assessment of recent dealings in Arab cinema. This year’s entries come from thirteen different Arab countries as well as seven non-Arab countries that help knit the ecosystem together. While Egypt continues to dominate in numerical terms, Saudi Arabia has a noticeably much bigger presence now.

Once again, this annual parade of those who matter in the Arab film industry is being released to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival. You’ll see that these not names are not ranked, but rather they are ordered alphabetically by first names and grouped together alongside their immediate peers in various categories. More than ever, hard choices had to be made: with Arab talents being increasingly recognized around the world, we were unable find room to include several Arab filmmakers and actors who have burst onto the scene of late, including: the two Venice winning actors, Morocco’s Khansa Batma (ZANKA CONTACT) and Syria’s Yahya Mahayni (THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN); the filmmakers Jimmy Kerouz of Lebanon (BROKEN KEYS) and Mayye Zahed of Egypt (LIFT LIKE A GIRL); and the likes of British-born STAR WARS actor Amir El-Masry and Tunisian acting star Dhafer L’Abidine, who has just made his directorial debut with the film GHODWA. No doubt their names will start appearing on future lists.

And just to be clear, these names were all chosen for their recent contributions to Arab-language cinema, rather than their sway over the television or digital media business. But since so much of cinema now overlaps with the business of streaming platforms, it should come as no surprise to see a large contingent of those who traverse the big, the small and mobile screens. Cinema is becoming platform-agnostic and so too, clearly are its flourishing artists, artisans and power-brokers.

THE FILMMAKERS
Ali Alarabi
Director-Producer
EGYPT
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Ameen Nayfeh
Director
Palestine
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Amjad Abu Alala
Writer-Director
Sudan
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Amr Salama
Writer-Director
EGYPT
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Annemarie Jacir
Writer-Director
Palestine
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Ayten Amin
Writer-Director
Egypt
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Arab and Tarzan Nasser
Directors
Palestine
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Bassel Ghandour
Writer-Director
Jordan
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Eliane Raheb
Writer-Director
Jordan
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Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writer-Director
Saudi Arabia
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Hana Al Omair
Writer-Director
Saudi Arabia
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Hany Abu-Assad
Writer-Director
Palestine
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Kaouther Ben Hania
Writer-Director
Tunisia
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Majid Al Ansari
Director-Producer
UAE
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Marwan Hamed
Director
Egypt
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Mehdi Barsaoui
Director
Tunisia
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Mohamed Diab
Writer-Director
Egypt
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Nabil Ayouch
Writer-Director
Morocco
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Nadine Labaki
Writer-Director-Actress
Lebanon
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Najwa Najjar
Writer-Director
Palestine
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Nejib Belkadhi
Director
Tunisia
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Sameh Alaa
Writer-Director
Egypt
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Sameh Zoabi
Writer-Director
Palestine
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Ahmed Amer
Writer-Director-Producer
Egypt
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Ahmed Mourad
Writer
Egypt
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The Producers
Dora Bouchoucha
Founder & Manager of Nomadis Images
Tunisia
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Georges Schoucair
Founder and CEO of Abbout Productions
Lebanon
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Habib Attia
Managing Director of CineteleFilms
Tunisia
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Lamia Chraibi
Founder and Manager of La Prod
Morocco
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Mohamed Hefzy
Founder and Manager of Film Clinic
Egypt
Daniel Ziskind
FILM CLINIC AND MAD SOLUTIONS REPRESENTATIVE IN EUROPE
France
Rula Nasser
Founder of Imaginarium Films
Jordan
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Shahinaz El Akkad
Founder and CEO of Lagoonie Film Production
Egypt
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Talal Al-Muhanna
Founder and Manager of Linked Productions
Kuwait
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Tamer Morsi
Founder of Synergy Films
Egypt
Ahmed Badawy
General Manager of Synergy Films
Egypt
The Actors
Ahmed Ezz
Actor
Egypt
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Ahmed Malek
Actor
Egypt
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Ali Suliman
Actor
Palestine
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Hend Sabry
Actress-Director-Producer
Tunisia-Egypt
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Hiam Abbass
Actress-Director
Palestine
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Karim Abdel Aziz
Actor
Egypt
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Kinda Alloush
Actress
Syria-Egypt
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Maisa Abd Elhadi
Actress
Palestine
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Menna Shalabi
Actress
Egypt
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Mohammad Bakri
Actor
Palestine
Saleh Bakri
Actor
Palestine
Ziad Bakri
Actor
Palestine
Adam Bakri
Actor
Palestine
Saba Mubarak
Actress-Producer
Jordan
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Sami Bouajila
Actor
Tunisia-France
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Salim Dau
Actor
Palestine
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Yousra
Actress-Singer
Egypt
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The Exhibitors & Distributors
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Adam Aron
CEO of AMC Entertainment
USA
Sari Khumaiyes
Commercial Director of AMC Cinemas KSA
Saudi Arabia
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Alaa Karkouti
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MAD Solutions
Egypt
Maher Diab
Co-founder and Managing Partner
Egypt
Colin Brown
Managing Partner-International
USA
Abdallah Al-Shami
Managing Partner-GCC
LEBANON-UAE
Ahmad Golchin
Founder and Director of Phars Film
UAE
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Andrei Kamarowsky
Acting CEO of Gulf Film
UAE
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Butheina Kazim
Founder of Cinema Akil
UAE
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Cameron Mitchel
CEO of VOX Cinemas
UAE
Jacques Kruger
General Manager Distribution, VOX
UAE
Toni Massih
Director of Film Content and Distribution, VOX
UAE
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Gaby Khoury
MISR International Films and Orient Films
Egypt
Ramzi Khoury
MISR International Films and Orient Films
Egypt
Hania Mroué
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Metropolis cinema and MC Distribution
Lebanon
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Hisham Abdel-Khalek
AL-MASSA COMPANY
EGYPT
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Hisham Al-Ghanim
Chairman and CEO of Kuwait National Cinema Company
Kuwait
Gianluca Chakra
Managing Partner of Front Row
UAE
Mamdouh Salem
CEO of Rowad Media & Cinema 70
Saudi Arabia
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Marianne Khoury
Producer, Director, Distributor and Exhibitor
Egypt
Youssef Shazli
Managing Director of Zawya Cinema
Egypt
Mario G. Haddad
CEO of Empire International
Lebanon
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Mohammed Nagro
Chairman of N Stars
Saudi Arabia-UAE-Egypt
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Selim Ramia
Chairman of Selim Ramia & Co. Holding
Lebanon
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Zaid Fadel
CEO of Iraqi Cinemas
Iraq
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Zaid Kurdi
CEO of Dollar Film and Managing Director of New Century Production
Egypt
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THE ENABLERS
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Christian Mouroux
Managing Director of Latin-Arab Film Festival and Latin Arab Co-Production Forum
Argentina
Edgardo Bechara El Khoury
Executive Director, LAFF
Argentina
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Edouard Waintrop
Artistic Director, Red Sea Film Festival
Saudi Arabia
Antoine Khalife
Director of Arab Programme, RSFF
Saudi Arabia
Kaleem Aftab
Director of International Programme, RSFF
Saudi Arabia
Hanna Atallah
Artistic Director of FilmLab: Palestine
Palestine
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Husam Sam Asi
Member of Golden Globes and TV Presenter on BBC Arabic
U.K.
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Jamal Al-Sharif
Director of Dubai Studio City and Dubai Film Commission
UAE
Hans Fraikin
Manager of Abu Dhabi Film Commission
UAE
Lana Al Jundi
TV Presenter in Sky News Arabia
Syria-UAE
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Hamoud al Rumayan
CEO OF INTIGRAL
Saudi Arabia
Markus Golder
Managing Director of Intigral and CEO of Jawwy TV
Saudi Arabia
Maryam Al-Mheiri
Vice-Chair of the Board of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi
UAE
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Mohamed Al Mubarak
Chairman, Image Nation Abu Dhabi
UAE
Michael Garin
CEO, Image Nation & twofour54
UAE
Ben Ross
Head of Narrative Film and Television, Image Nation
UAE
Raya Abirached
TV Presenter, MBC
LEBANON-KSA-UK
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Princess Rym Ali
Commissioner, Royal Film Commission of Jordan
Jordan
Mohannad Bakri
Managing Director, RFC
Jordan
Talal Afifi
Curator of Sudan Film Factory and President of Sudan Film Festival
Sudan
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Turki Al-Sheikh
Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority
Saudi Arabia
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Wayne Borg
Managing Director of Media, Entertainment, Culture & Fashion, NEOM
Saudi Arabia
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Zeina Sfeir
Co-Founder of Beirut DC, Publicist and Director
Lebanon
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THE PLATFORMS
Hadeel Kamel
Managing Director of ART
Saudi Arabia
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Nickhil Jakatdar
Founder and CEO of VuClip
Singapore
Abe Shady Aboul Naga
MENA Chief of VuClip
UAE
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Patrick Tillieux
CEO of OSN
UAE
Rolla Karam
SVP Content Acquisition and Programming
UAE
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Prince Al Waleed bin Talal
Owner of Rotana Media Group
Saudi Arabia
Waleed Arab Hashem
CEO, Rotana Studios
Saudi Arabia
Michael Cairns
COO, Rotana Studios
Saudi Arabia
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Waleed bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim
Founder and Chairman of MBC
Saudi Arabia
Sam Barnett
CEO of MBC Group
UAE
Peter Smith
Managing director of MBC Studios
UAE
Safa Aburizik
Head of Operations
UAE
Yasser Hareb
Founder and CEO, Genomedia
UAE
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THE FESTIVALS
Elias Khlat
Producer and founder of Tripoli Film Festival
Lebanon
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Jad Abi Khalil
Director of Beirut Cinema Platform
Lebanon
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Mohamed Hefzy
President of CIFF
Egypt
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Mohamed Keblawi
Director of Malmo Arab Film Festival and Arab Cinema in Sweden
Palestine-Sweden
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Nada Doumani
Director of Amman International Film Festival
Jordan
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Orwa Nyrabia
Artistic director of IDFA
Syria
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Naguib Sawires
Founder of El Gouna Film Festival, iProductions
Egypt
Intishal Al-Tamimi
Manager of El Gouna Film Festival
Iraq
Amir Ramsis
Artistic Director of El Gouna Film Festival
Egypt
Rosh Abdelfatah
Artistic Director | Rotterdam Arab Film Festival
Syria
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Shirin Ghareeb
Deputy Director of Washington DC International Film Festival and Festival Director of Arabian Sights
US
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THE FUNDERS
Alessandra Speciale
Head of Final Cut in Venice
Italy
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Fatma Al Remaihi
CEO of Doha Film Institute
Qatar
Khalil Benkirane
Head of Grant Unit of DFI
Qatar
Rima Mismar
Director of AFAC (The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture)
Lebanon
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Vincenzo Bugno
PROJECT MANAGER OF WORLD CINEMA FUND
GERMANY
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THE PATHFINDER
The brainchild of MAD Solutions (see above), the ACC was created seven years ago as an umbrella presence at film events to advocate – and where necessary agitate - on behalf of Arab cinema and culture the world over. New co-production opportunities have been forged; new market doorways opened; and new talented career paths launched into orbit. This very magazine is one visible expression of that commitment, and so also are all the new avenues that are opening for Arab projects and filmmakers in countries where not so long ago they were invisible.
What better time and place than Cannes, the annual parade of cinema’s superpowers, to reveal who in the Arab film industry has mattered most in the past twelve months? So here it is, our second GOLDEN 101. Over the following pages you will see names of the hundred talents and entities – plus one extra thrown in for good measure at the end – that the world really needs to know based on our assessment of their recent business history in Arab film. They are not ranked, please note, but ordered alphabetically by first names and grouped together alongside their immediate peers. And just to be clear, the names were all chosen for their recent contributions to Arab-language cinema. Inevitably, more of more of the Arab world’s top talents are being poached by the streaming giants. We recognize this overlap but we have tried to focus on those who matter in the context of the Cannes Film Festival. This also means that the emergent powers from Arab television and digital media will have to wait for future editions when we take measure of their particular contributions to Arab storytelling. Let the debates begin!
the DIRECTORS
ABU BAKR SHAWKY
DIRECTOR
EGYPT
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AMR SALAMA
DIRECTOR & WRITER
EGYPT
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ELIA SULEIMAN
DIRECTOR
PALESTINE
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HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR
DIRECTOR & WRITER
SAUDI ARABIA
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HAJOOJ KUKA
DIRECTOR
SUDAN
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HICHAM LASRI
DIRECTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER
MOROCCO
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MARWAN HAMED
DIRECTOR
EGYPT
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MIR-JEAN BOU CHAAYA
DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER & EDITOR
LEBANON
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MOHAMED BIN ATIYA
DIRECTOR & WRITER
TUNISIA
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MUAYAD ALAYAN
DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER & CINEMATOG-RAPHER
PALESTINE
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NADINE LABAKI
DIRECTOR, ACTRESS & WRITER
LEBANON
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NEJIB BELKADHI
DIRECTOR
TUNISIA
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SAMEH ZOABI
DIRECTOR
PALESTINE
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SOUDADE KAADAN
DIRECTOR
SYRIA
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TALAL DERKI
DIRECTOR
SYRIA
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the writers
AHMED MOURAD
WRITER
EGYPT
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BASSEL GHANDOUR
WRITER & PRODUCER
JORDAN
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RAMI ALAYAN
WRITER & PRODUCER
PALESTINE
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the actors
AHMED EZZ
ACTOR
EGYPT
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AHMED MALEK
ACTOR
EGYPT
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ALI SULIMAN
ACTOR
PALESTINE
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ASSER YASSIN
ACTOR
EGYPT
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DHAFER L’ABIDINE
ACTOR
TUNISIA-UK
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MOHAMED BAKRI
ACTOR
PALESTINE
SALEH BAKRI
ACTOR
PALESTINE
ADAM BAKRI
ACTOR
PALESTINE
HEND SABRY
ACTRESS
TUNISIA
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HIAM ABBASS
ACTRESS
PALESTINE
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KAIS NASHIF
ACTOR
PALESTINE
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KAMEL EL BASHA
ACTOR
PALESTINE
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KARIM ABDEL AZIZ
ACTOR
EGYPT
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MAISA ABD ELHADI
ACTRESS
PALESTINE
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MENNA SHALABI
ACTRESS
EGYPT
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SABA MUBARAK
ACTRESS & PRODUCER
JORDAN
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YOUSRA
ACTRESS
EGYPT
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the festivals
ELIAS KHLAT
PRODUCER & FOUNDER OF TRIPOLI FILM FESTIVAL
LEBANON
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JAD ABI KHALIL
DIRECTOR OF BEIRUT CINEMA PLATFORM
LEBANON
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MOHAMED KEBLAWI
DIRECTOR OF MALMO
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL & ARAB CINEMA IN SWEDEN
PALESTINE-SWEDEN
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NAGUIB SAWIRES
FOUNDER OF EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL, IPRODUCTIONS
EGYPT
INTISHAL AL-TAMIMI
MANAGER OF EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL
IRAQ
AMIR RAMSIS
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL
EGYPT
NAJIB AYAD
DIRECTOR OF CARTHAGE FILM FESTIVAL
TUNISIA
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ORWA NYRABIA
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF
IDFA
SYRIA
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ROSH ABDELFATAH
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | ROTTERDAM ARAB FILM FESTIVAL
SYRIA
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SERGE BAKALIAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ARAB FILM FESTIVAL & ARAB FILM AND MEDIA INSTITUTE
LEBANON-USA
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SHIRIN GHAREEB
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF WASHINGTON DC INTERNATION AL FILM FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL DIRECTOR OF ARABIAN SIGHTS
US
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MOHAMED HEFZY
PRESIDENT OF CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF)
EGYPT
YOUSSEF SHERIF
RIZALLA
FILM CRITIC AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CIFF
EGYPT
AHMED SHAWKY
DEPUTY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
EGYPT
the commissions
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JAMAL AL-SHARIF
CHAIRMAN OF DUBAI STUDIO CITY AND DUBAI FILM COMMISSION
UAE
JASSIM AL NOWAIS
MANAGER OF ABU DHABI FILM COMMISSION
UAE
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PRINCESS RYM ALI
COMMISSIONER, ROYAL FILM COMMISSION OF JORDAN
JORDAN
NADA DOUMANI
COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE PROGRAMING OF RFC
LEBANON
SARIM FASSI FEHRI
DIRECTOR OF MOROCCAN CINEMA CENTER (CCM)
MOROCCO
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the funders
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FATMA AL REMAIHI
CEO OF DOHA FILM INSTITUTE
QATAR
KHALIL BENKIRANE
HEAD OF GRANT UNIT OF DFI
QATAR
RIMA MISMAR
DIRECTOR OF AFAC (THE ARAB FUND FOR ARTS AND CULTURE)
LEBANON
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VINCENZO BUGNO
PROJECT MANAGER OF WORLD CINEMA FUND
GERMANY
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FRANK ALBERS
HEAD OF FILM PRIZE OF ROBERT BOSCH STIFTUNG
GERMANY
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ALESSANDRA SPECIALE
HEAD OF FINAL CUT IN VENICE
ITALY
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MICHEL MERKT
PRODUCER, KNM PRODUCTIONS
SWITZERLAND - MONACO
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the organizations
CHIRAZ LATIRI
GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CNCI (THE NATIONAL CENTER OF CINEMA AND IMAGE)
TUNISIA
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HANNA ATALLAH
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF FILMLAB: PALESTINE
PALESTINE
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MARYAM AL-MHEIRI
CEO OF MEDIA ZONE AUTHORITY - ABU DHABI & TWOFOUR54
UAE
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SAWSAN DARWAZA
CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF AL MA3MAL 612 THINK FACTORY
JORDAN
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SAM LAHOUD
FOUNDING DIRECTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF
NDU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LEBANON
NICOLAS KHABBAZ
FOUNDING DIRECTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF
NDU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LEBANON
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MOHAMED ALMUBARAK
CHAIRMAN, IMAGE NATION ABU DHABI
UAE
MICHAEL GARIN
CEO OF IMAGE
NATION ABU DHABI
UAE
BEN ROSS
HEAD OF NARRATIVE FILM AND TELEVISION
UAE
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CHRISTIAN MOUROUX
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LATIN-ARAB FILM FESTIVAL AND LATIN ARAB CO-PRODUCTION FORUM
ARGENTINA
EDGARDO BECHARA
EL KHOURY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ARGENTINA
ZEINA SFEIR
CO-FOUNDER OF BEIRUT DC, PUBLICIST & DIRECTOR
LEBANON
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TALAL AFIFI
CURATOR OF SUDAN FILM FACTORY & PRESIDENT OF SUDAN FILM FESTIVAL
SUDAN
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the gatekeepers
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PRINCE BADR BIN ABDULLAH BIN FAR-
HAN AL SAUD
SAUDI ARABIA’S FIRST MINISTER OF CULTURE
SAUDI ARABIA
FAISAL BALTYUOR
CEO OF SAUDI FILM COUNCIL
SAUDI ARABIA
NOURA AL-KAABI
MINISTER OF CULTURE & KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT
UAE
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the platforms
HADEEL KAMEL
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ART
SAUDI ARABIA
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HUSAM SAM ASI
MEMBER OF GOLDEN GLOBES AND TV PRESENTER ON BBC ARABIC
PALESTINE - UK
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LANA ALJUNDI
TV PRESENTER IN SKY
NEWS ARABIA
SYRIA-UAE
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PATRICK TILLIEUX
CEO OF OSN
UAE
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NICKHIL JAKATDAR
FOUNDER AND CEO OF VUCLIP
SINGAPORE-UAE
ABE SHADY ABOUL NAGA
MENA CHIEF OF VUCLIP
SINGAPORE-UAE
RAYA ABIRACHED
TV PRESENTER
LEBANON
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WALEED BIN IBRAHIM AL IBRAHIM
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF MBC
SAUDI ARABIA
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PRINCE AL WALEED
BIN TALA
OWNER OF ROTANA
MEDIA GROUP
SAUDI ARABIA
TURKI AL-SHABANA
CEO OF ROTANA
SAUDI ARABIA
the producers
ALI AL MARZOUQI
CO-FOUNDER OF
GHABSHA FILMS
UAE
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DORA BOUCHOUCHA
FOUNDER & MANAGER OF NOMADIS IMAGES
TUNISIA
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GEORGES SCHOU-CAIR
FOUNDER AND CEO OF ABBOUT PRODUCTIONS
LEBANON
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HABIB ATTIA
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CINETELEFILMS
TUNISIA
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MOHAMED HEFZY
WRITER, PRODUCER & PRESIDENT OF CIFF, FOUNDER & MANAGER OF FILM CLINIC
EGYPT
DANIEL ZISKIND
FILM CLINIC REPRESENTATIVE IN EUROPE
FRANCE
RULA NASSER
FOUNDER OF
IMAGINARIUM FILMS
JORDON-CANADA
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SHAHINAZ AKKAD
FOUNDER AND CEO OF LAGOONIE FILM PRODUCTION
EGYPT
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STEVEN MARKOVITZ
PRODUCER
SOUTH AFRICA
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TALAL AL-MUHANNA
FOUNDER AND MANAGER OF LINKED PRODUCTIONS
KUWAIT
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the exhibitors & distributors
ADAM ARON
CEO OF AMC ENTERTAINMENT
USA
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AHMAD GOLCHIN
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF PHARS FILM
UAE
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ALAA KARKOUTI
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER OF MAD SOLUTIONS
SYRIA - EGYPT
MAHER DIAB
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
LEBANON - CANDA
COLIN BROWN
MANAGING PARTNER-INTERNATIONAL
USA
ABDALLAH AL-SHAMI
MANAGING PARTNER-GCC
LEBANON - UAE
BUTHEINA KAZIM
FOUNDER OF CINEMA AKIL
UAE
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CAMERON MITCHEL
CEO OF VOX CINEMAS
UAE
JACQUES KRUGER
GENERAL MANAGER DISTRIBUTION
UAE
TONI MASSIH
DIRECTOR OF FILM CONTENT AND DISTRIBUTION
UAE
HANIA MROUE
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF METRPOLIS CINEMA AND MC DISTRIBUTION
LEBANON
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HISHAM ABDELKHALEA
AL-MASSA COMPANY
EGYPT
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HISHAM AL-GHANIM
CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF INTERNATIONAL FILM DISTRIBUTOR
KUWAIT
GIANLUCA CHAKRA
MANAGING PARTNER OF FRONT ROW
LEBANON
MAMDOUH SALEM
CEO OF ROWAD
MEDIA & CINEMA 70
SAUDI ARABIA
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MARIANNE KHOURY
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, DISTRIBUTOR & EXHIBITOR
EGYPT
YOUSSEF SHAZLI
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ZAWYA CINEMA
EGYPT
MARIO G HADDAD
CEO OF EMPIRE INTERNATIONAL
LEBANON
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SELIM RAMIA
CHAIRMAN OF SELIM RAMIA & CO. HOLDING
LEBANON
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SELIM AAZAR
CEO OF GULF FILM
QATAR
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ZAID FADEL
CEO OF IRAQI CINEMAS
IRAQ
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the internationals sales
HEDI ZARDI
CEO OF LUXBOX
FRANCE
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JEAN LATBADIE
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, LE PACTE
FRANCE
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SARAH CHAZELLE
CO-OWNERS OF JOUR2FETE
FRANCE
ETIENNE OLLANGIER
CO-OWNERS OF JOUR2FETE
FRANCE
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VINCENT GRIMOND
CEO, WILD BUNCH
FRANCE
VINCENT MARAVAL
CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER
FRANCE
the pathfinder
The brainchild of MAD Solutions (see above), the ACC was created five years as an umbrella presence at film events to advocate and where necessary agitate - on behalf of Arab cinema and culture the world over. This very magazine is one visible expression of that commitment, and so also are all the new avenues that are opening for Arab projects and filmmakers in countries where not so long ago they were invisible (read the special tribute in this issue).
What better time and place than Cannes, the annual parade of cinema’s superpowers, to reveal who in the Arab film industry has mattered most in the past twelve months? So here it is, our inaugural CANNES 100. Over the following pages you will see names of the golden hundred talents and entities – plus one extra thrown in for good measure at the end – that the world really needs to know based on our assessment of their recent business history in Arab film. They are not ranked, please note, but ordered alphabetically by first names and grouped together alongside their immediate peers. And just to be clear, for those wondering why someone like Algerian-born Sofia Boutella is not on the list just as she is making a splash on the Croisette with FAHRENHEIT 451, the names were all chosen for their recent contributions to Arab-language cinema. This also means that the emergent powers from Arab television and digital media will have to wait for future editions when we take measure of their particular contributions to Arab storytelling. Let the debates begin!
The 100 Most Important Names in the Arab Film Industry includes industry professionals that either represent themselves or entities they work for. The names were all chosen for their contributions to Arab-language cinema in the past twelve months, which is why Arab names who participated in international films/TV series are not on the list. They are ordered alphabetically by first names and grouped together alongside their immediate peers.
the DIRECTORs
AMR SALAMA
DIRECTOR & WRITER
EGYPT
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ANNEMARIE JACIR
DIRECTOR & WRITER
PALESTINE
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FERAS FAYYAD
DIRECTOR, WRITER & EDITOR
SYRIA
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HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR
DIRECTOR & WRITER
SAUDI ARABIA
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HANY ABU-ASSAD
DIRECTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER
PALESTINE
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HICHAM LASRI
DIRECTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER
MOROCCO
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KAOUTHER BEN HANIA
DIRECTOR & WRITER
TUNISIA
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MARWAN HAMED
DIRECTOR
EGYPT
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MAHDI FLEIFEL
DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER & CINEMATOGRAPHER
LEBANON-PALESTINE
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MIR-JEAN BOU CHAAYA
DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER & EDITOR
LEBANON
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MOHAMED AL DARRADJI
DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, EDITOR & CINEMATOGRAPHER
IRAQ
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MOHAMED BEN ATTIA
DIRECTOR & WRITER
TUNISIA
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MUAYAD ALAYAN
DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER & CINEMATOGRAPHER
PALESTINE
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NABIL AYOUCH
DIRECTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER
MOROCCO
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NADINE LABAKI
DIRECTOR, ACTRESS & WRITER
LEBANON
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RAED ANDONI
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
PALESTINE
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RASHID MASHARAWI
DIRECTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER
PALESTINE
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ZIAD DOUEIRI
DIRECTOR AND WRITER
LEBANON
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the writers
AHMED AMER
WRITER & DIRECTOR
EGYPT
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BASSEL GHANDOUR
WRITER & PRODUCER
JORDAN
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RAMI ALAYAN
WRITER & PRODUCER
PALESTINE
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the Gatekeepers
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MOHAMED BIN SALMAN
CROWN PRINCE, SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA
AHMED BIN AQEEL AL-KHATIB
CHAIRMAN OF THE GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT AUTHORITY
SAUDI ARABIA
NOURA AL-KAABI
MINISTER OF CULTURE & KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT
U.A.E
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the Actors
ADEL KARAM
TV PRESENTER & ACTOR
LEBANON
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ALI SULIMAN
ACTOR
PALESTINE
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MOHAMMAD BAKRI
ACTOR
PALESTINE
SALEH BAKRI
ACTOR
PALESTINE
ADAM BAKRI
ACTOR
PALESTINE
ASHRAF BARHOM
ACTOR
PALESTINE
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DIAMAND ABOU ABBOUD
ACTRESS
LEBANON
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DHAFER L’ABIDINE
ACTOR
TUNISIA - UK
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HIAM ABBASS
ACTRESS
PALESTINE
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KAMEL EL BASHA
ACTOR
PALESTINE
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MAISA ABD ELHADI
ACTRESS
PALESTINE
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MENNA SHALABY
ACTRESS
EGYPT
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SABA MUBARAK
ACTRESS & PRODUCER
JORDAN
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YASMIN RAEIS
ACTRESS
EGYPT
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the PRODUCERs
AYMAN JAMAL
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & WRITER
SAUDI ARABIA
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DORA BOUCHOUCHA
FOUNDER & MANAGER OF NOMADIS IMAGES
TUNISIA
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GEORGES SCHOUCAIR
FOUNDER AND CEO OF ABBOUT PRODUCTIONS
LEBANON
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HABIB ATTIA
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CINETELEFILMS
TUNISIA
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DANIEL ZISKIND
FILM CLINIC REPRESENTATIVE IN EUROPE
FRANCE
MOHAMED HEFZY
Writer, Producer, Festival President of CIFF & FOUNDER MANAGER OF FILM CLINIC
EGYPT
HANI OSAMA
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE PRODUCERS
EGYPT
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ROMAN PAUL
CO-FOUNDER OF RAZOR FILM PRODUKTION
GERMANY
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RULA NASSER
FOUNDER OF THE IMAGINARIUM FILMS
JORDAN - CANADA
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TALAL AL-MUHANNA
FOUNDER AND MANAGER OF LINKED PRODUCTIONS
KUWAIT
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the festivals
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ABDULHAMID JUMA
PRESIDENT OF DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DIFF)
U.A.E
MASOUD AMRALLA AL ALI
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DIFF)
U.A.E
SHIVANI PANDYA
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DIFF)
U.A.E
ANTOINE KHALIFE
DIRECTOR OF ARAB PROGRAMMING AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DIFF)
LEBANON
ELIAS KHLAT
PRODUCER & FOUNDER OF TRIPOLI FILM FESTIVAL
LEBANON
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JAD ABI KHALIL
DIRECTOR OF BEIRUT CINEMA PLATFORM
LEBANON
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MAMDOUH SALEM
CEO OF ROWAD MEDIA & CINEMA 70
SAUDI ARABIA
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MOHAMED KEBLAWI
DIRECTOR OF MALMO ARAB FILM FESTIVAL & ARAB CINEMA IN SWEDEN
PALESTINE-SWEDEN
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NAGUIB SAWIRES
FOUNDER OF EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL & IPRODUCTIONS
EGYPT
INTISHAL AL-TAMIMI
MANAGER OF EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL
IRAQ
NAJIB AYAD
DIRECTOR OF CARTHAGE FILM FESTIVAL
TUNISIA
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ORWA NYRABIA
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM (IDFA)
SYRIA
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ROSH ABDELFATAH
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ROTTERDAM ARAB FILM FESTIVAL
SYRIA
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SERGE BAKALIAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ARAB FILM FESTIVAL & ARAB FILM AND MEDIA INSTITUTE
LEBANON - U.S.A
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SHIRIN GHAREEB
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF WASHINGTON DC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & FESTIVAL DIRECTOR OF ARABIAN SIGHTS
U.S.A
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YOUSSEF CHERIF RIZKALLAH
FILM CRITIC & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CAIRO FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF)
EGYPT
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the exhibitors and distributors
Ahmad Golchin
Founder and Director of Phars Film
U.A.E
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Hania Mroue
Founder and Director of Metropolis and CEO of MC Distribution
LEBANON
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Alaa Karkouti
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MAD Solutions
SYRIA - EGYPT
Maher Diab
Co-founder and Managing Partner
LEBANON - CANADA
Colin Brown
Managing Partner-International
U.S.A
Abdallah Al-Shami
Managing Partner-GCC
LEBANON - U.A.E
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Cameron Mitchell
CEO of VOX Cinemas
U.A.E
Jacques Kruger
General Manager
U.A.E
Toni Massih
Director of Film Content and Distribution
U.A.E
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Hisham Al-Ghanim
Chairman and CEO of International Film Distributor
KUWAIT
Gianluca Chakra
Managing Partner of Front Row
LEBANON
Mario G. Haddad
CEO of Empire International
LEBANON
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Marianne Khoury
Producer, Director, Distributor and Exhibitor
EGYPT
Youssef Shazli
Managing Director of Zawya Cinema
EGYPT
Selim Ramia
Chairman of Selim Ramia & Co. Holding
LEBANON
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Selim Aazar
CEO of Gulf Film
QATAR
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Zaid Fadel
CEO of Iraqi Cinemas
IRAQ
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the Platforms
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Al Waleed bin Talal
Owner of Rotana Media Group
SAUDI ARABIA
Turki Al-Shabana
CEO of Rotana
SAUDI ARABIA
Hadeel Kamel
Managing Director of ART
SAUDI ARABIA
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Martin Stuart
CEO of OSN
U.A.E
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Waleed bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim
Founder and Chairman of MBC
SAUDI ARABIA
Raya Abirached
TV Presenter
LEBANON
Husam Sam Asi
Member of Golden Globes and TV Presenter on BBC Arabic
PALESTINE - UK
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Lana Al Jundi
TV Presenter in Sky News Arabia
SYRIA - U.A.E
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the funders
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Fatma Al Remaihi
CEO of Doha Film Institute
QATAR
Khalil Benkirane
Head of Grant Unit of DFI
QATAR
Abdel Muttalib Al Hammadi
Deputy Chairman of the Ministry of Interior’s Cinema Awards (MOICA)
U.A.E
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Rima Mismar
Director of AFAC (The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture)
LEBANON
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Vincenzo Bugno
Project Manager of World Cinema Fund
GERMANY
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Frank Albers
Head of Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung
GERMANY
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Alessandra Speciale
Head of Final Cut in Venice
ITALY
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michel merkt
Producer, KNM Productions
SWITZERLAND - MONACO
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the Commissions
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Jamal Al-Sharif
Chairman of Dubai Studio City and Dubai Film Commission
U.A.E
Jassim Al Nowais
Manager of Abu Dhabi Film Commission
U.A.E
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Princess Rym Ali
Commissioner, Royal Film Commission of Jordan
JORDAN
George David
Managing Director of RFC
JORDAN
Nada Doumani
Communication and Culture Programing of RFC
LEBANON
Sarim Fassi Fihri
Director of Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM)
MOROCCO
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the internationals Sales
Eric Lagesse
CEO of Pyramide
FRANCE
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Francois Morisset
Head of Salaud Morisset
FRANCE AND GERMANY
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Frederic Corvez
President and Founder of Urban Distribution International
FRANCE
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Hedi Zardi
CEO of Luxbox
FRANCE
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Sarah Chazelle
Co-Owner of Jour2Fete
FRANCE
Etienne Ollangier
Co-Owner of Jour2Fete
FRANCE
Ida Martins
CEO of Media Luna
GERMANY
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Vincent Grimond
CEO of Wild Bunch
FRANCE
Vincent Maraval
Chief Content Officer of Wild Bunch
FRANCE
the Organizations
Chiraz Latiri
General Director of CNCI (The National Center of Cinema and Image) 
TUNISIA
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Huda Kanoo
Founder of ADMAF (Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation
U.A.E
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Hanna Atallah
Artistic Director of FilmLab: Palestine
PALESTINE
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Maryam Al-Mheiri
CEO of Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi and twofour54
U.A.E
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Sawsan Darwaza
creative director of Al Ma3mal 612 Think Factory
JORDAN
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Talal Afifi
Curator of Sudan Film Factory and President of Sudan Film Festival 
SUDAN
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Sam Lahoud
Founding Director and Artistic Director of NDU International Film Festival
LEBANON
Nicolas Khabbaz
Founding Director and Artistic Director of NDU International Film Festival
LEBANON
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Mohamed Al Mubarak
Chairman, Image Nation Abu Dhabi
U.A.E
Michael Garin
CEO
U.A.E
Ben Ross
Head of Narrative Film and Television
U.A.E
Zeina Sfeir
Co-Founder of Beirut DC and Artistic Director of Beirut Cinema Days
LEBANON
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Edgardo Bechara El Khoury
Executive Director
ARGENTINA
Christian Mouroux
Managing Director of Latin-Arab Film Festival and Latin Arab Co-Production Forum
ARGENTINA
the Pathfinder
The brainchild of MAD Solutions (see above), the ACC was created as an umbrella presence at film events to advocate – and where necessary agitate - on behalf of Arab cinema and culture the world over. This very magazine is one visible expression of that commitment, and so also are all the new avenues that are opening for Arab projects and filmmakers in countries where not so long ago they were invisible.