For the seventh consecutive year, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) took part at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) (March 1 – 5) that was held virtually. Under the umbrella of the Arab Cinema Center, nine partners that vary between film organizations, companies and festivals will participate within the festival.
The ACC partners at the Berlinale this year include: (in alphabetical order): Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (Egypt),El Gouna Film Festival (Egypt), Film Clinic (Egypt),Greener Screen (UAE) Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt-UAE), Rotana Group (Saudi Arabia-Egypt), Telescope Film (USA), and The Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) (Jordan).
Arab Cinema Center sends three producers to Rotterdam Lab.
Continuing to support Arab cinema, the Arab Cinema Center revealed selecting Saudi film producer Mohammed Alhamoud, the Jordanian Rand Beiruty and the Iraqi Ali Raheem to be part of the Rotterdam Lab (1- 5 February) held within the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
In a ceremony attended by the jury, the EFP (European Film Promotion) together with the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) announced Undine by Christian Petzold as winner of the Best Film award at the Critics Award for European Films. The film follows Undine, a historian who works as a museum guide. When the man she is in love with decides to ditch her, her world collapses. The ancient myth about a mysterious nymph catches up with her; she must kill the man who has forsaken her and return to her home in the water.
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) sponsored Cairo Industry Days, the industry arm of CIFF, and as a part of this, ACC and five partners presented awards during Cairo Film Connection (CFC).
Invitation to attend Rotterdam Lab (Jordanian documentary film project Tell Them About Us by producer/director Rand Beiruty)
Invitation to attend Rotterdam Lab (Jordanian documentary film project Tell Them About Us by producer/director Rand Beiruty)
$10,000 cash prize to the documentary film project Olaf's Daughters (Tunisia) by Kaouthar Ben Hania.
$10,000 cash prize to the film project The Legend of Zainab and Noah (Egypt) by Yousry Nasrallah
Distribution in the Arab World with $30,000 Minimum Guarantee film project The Legend of Zainab and Noah (Egypt) by Yousry Nasrallah
Mentorship Award that works with filmmakers from development stage to distribution to the film projects: Snow White (Egypt), by Miral El Fakharany, and Before the Final Picture (Egypt) by Ayat Alla Youssef.
Six partners of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) have presented awards at the El Gouna Film Festival during its fourth edition this year, and here is the list:
USD 10,000 prize went to Hajj to Disney by director Maha Al-Saati (KSA)
USD 10,000 prize went to the film project Seeking Haven for Mr. Rambo by director Khaled Mansour (Egypt)
USD 10,000 prize went to Bye Bye Tiberias by director Lina Soualem (Palestine)
USD 10,000 prize went to the film project Seeking Haven for Mr. Rambo by director Khaled Mansour (Egypt)
IEFTA (International Emerging Talent Film Association) provides an opportunity for the winning projects to join its Global Film Expression initiative for the development and financing through an open access to its film development workshop and labs. The award went to Hamlet from the Slums by director Ahmed Fawzy Saleh (Egypt), and The Day of Arafah by director Ala'a Al Qaisi (Jordan).
The joint award offers distribution services across the Arab world with a guarantee of $30,000 for the filmmakers. The award went to Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani (Sudan).
MAD Solutions Award (USD 5,000 distribution minimum guarantee and USD 15,000 marketing services) for the "Communion" project directed by Nejib Belkadhi and produced by Imed Marzouk.
Elgouna Film Festival Award (USD 5.000) for the project "The Maiden's Pond", directed by Bassem Breche and produced by Jana Wehbe.
During Final Cut in Venice, MAD Solutions has announced that Algerian-French feature film project SOULA by director Salah Issaad won its award at the Final Cut in Venice, held on the margins of the Venice International Film Festival. The award offers marketing and distribution services across the Arab world to the winning film.
THE BLUE INMATES by Zeina Daccache won El Gouna Film Festival award, which is $5,000 and an invitation to participate in the industry platform CineGouna.
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC), The Royal Film Commission (RFC) and Telescope Film joined the virtual market of Shanghai International Film Festival
Through a virtual ceremony through Zoom platform, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) revealed the winners of the fourth edition of its Critics Awards for Arab Films during the Virtual Marché du Film. The award is submitted based on the voting of a jury of 141 members from across 57 countries. The critics have viewed Arab feature and documentary films produced in 2019 on Festival Scope.
Within the Virtual Cannes Market's events, and aiming to expand the scope of the Arab cinema's exposure internationally, Telescope Film announces the launch of ACC's microsite: https://telescopefilm.com/arabcinemacenter The site is a film guide for the Arab and international film audiences in the US to locate which Arab films are streaming on what platforms across the US.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) engaged in a wide-range of activities at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) accompanied by 15 of its partners that vary between film organizations and international film festivals. The ACC marked its sixth year at the Berlinale, which witnessed its first launch in 2015.
The partners who accompanied the ACC to the 2020 Berlinale (in alphabetical order): Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (Egypt), Cinema 70 (Saudi Arabia), El Gouna Film Festival (Egypt), Eventival (The Czech Republic), Film Clinic (Egypt), Iraqi Cinema (Iraq), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt-UAE), Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) (Sweden), Misr International Films (MIF), Rotana Group (Saudi Arabia-Egypt), Rowad Media (Saudi Arabia), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), The Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) (Jordan), and Tripoli Film Festival (Lebanon).
During the festival, the ACC released the 13th issue of its Arab Cinema Magazine, which features a section listing the Arab films selected at the 70th Berlinale, and a list of the 19 most important events in the Arab film industry in 2019, as well as an entire section covering everything about the upcoming edition of the Critics’ Awards For Arab Films and its jury committee that brings together 142 film critics from 57 countries.
The Arab Cinema Center selected Chiraz Latiri, former General Director of the Centre National du Cinema et de l'Image (CNCI), to receive the Arab Cinema Personality of The Year award, presented by The Hollywood Reporter. The award is part of the ACC’s strategy of promoting the Arab film industry internationally and supporting Arab filmmakers.
During the festival, three films distributed by the ACC’s partners will screen within the European Film Market (EFM); Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers by director Marwan Hamed, which is distributed worldwide by MAD Solutions and Misr International Films (MIF), Between Heaven and Earth by director Najwa Najjar and Beyond the Raging Sea by director Marco Orsini, which are both distributed by MAD Solutions, in addition to a 25-minute screening featuring a sneak-peak of the Arab world's finest lineup, presented by Rotana Group, owner of the largest library in the Arab world, in cooperation with MAD Solutions.
ACC Invited the producer and director Karim Rahbani to attend Rotterdam Lab 2020 as the ACC award for his film project Shameem at Cairo Film Connection in the Cairo International Film Festival 2019.
Through the website, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) announced an open call for applications for Arab film projects to be part of the 4th LatinArab Co-production Forum, marking their 4th consecutive year of collaboration.
Within Ventana Sur, the biggest Latin American film market,the LatinArab Co-production Forum has announced the winning film projects of its 4th edition, organized by the non-profit organization for the Promotion of Cultural Diversity Creciente "Cine Fértil", recipient of the 2018 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.
An Award for Best Documentary Pitch worth USD 15,000 | Traces of Home | Palestine, USA, Mexico) | Director: Colette Ghunim
El Gouna Film Festival Award for Best Fiction Pitch (USD $4,000): Viaje al Valle | Argentina, Morocco| Director: Andrés Gato Martínez Cantó
Lahaye-Pomeranec Award for Best Work in Progress (Post-Production Services worth USD $16,000): Encuentros en Medio Oriente (Encounters in the Middle East) | Argentina, Palestine| Director: Federico Marcello
Haddock Films Award for Best Argentinian Project (AR $40,000): Beit Sahour | Palestine, Chile, Argentina| Director: Fernanda Chain
Gui.ar Award (Screenplay doctoring services): As Cercas da Minha Casa | Jordan, Brazil, Iraq | Director: Hassan Zariff
The Language Lab Award (Translation of dossiers/script/treatment): Beit Sahour (Argentina, Chile, Palestine) | Director: Fernanda Chain
IES en Lenguas Vivas "Juan Ramón Fernández" Award (Translating all files) | Fear and Faith in Paradise | Brazil, Egypt | Director: Diogo Faggiano
Cairo Film Connection (CFC) is held as part of the festival's Cairo Industry Days in partnership with Arab Cinema Center. Cairo Industry Days provides an important space for discussions, networking sessions, meetings, workshops, masterclasses and partnership opportunities between Arab talents and regional and international key industry professionals to further support Arab Cinema.
List of awards offered by Arab Cinema Center and its partners at the Cairo Film Connection (CFC):
Invitation to the winning project's producer to attend Rotterdam Lab 2020 went to Shameem by Karim Rahbani
$10,000 cash award for a feature-length project in development went to Leila and I by Maggie Morgan, produced by Shady Habashy
$5,000 cash award for a feature length project in development or post-production went to A House for Expats by Naji Ismail
Distribution in the Arab World with $30,000 Minimum Guarantee for feature-length project in development or in post-production went to The Life and Times of Omar Sharif by Mark Lotfy and Axel Petersen, produced by Muhammad Taymour and Sigrid Helleday
$10,000 cash award for a feature-length project in development or in post-production went to About Her by Islam El Azzazi, produced by Dina Farouk and Rina Khoury
Six partners of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) presented monetary awards to the projects participating in the CineGouna SpringBoard, one of the initiatives organized by the CineGouna Platform within the 3rd El Gouna Film Festival, which is also one of the partners of the ACC. The six partners: Arab Radio and Television Network (ART), Lagoonie Film Production, iProductions, Ergo Media Ventures, Art City, and Rotana presented their awards to projects that are in the development phases.
$10,000 to the film project Daughters of Abdul-Rahman, by director Zaid Abu Hamdan
$10,000 to the film project Severed Head, by director Lotfi Achour
$10,000 to the film project Straight to the Goal, by director Tamer Ashry
$10,000 to the film project Straight to the Goal, by director Tamer Ashry
$10,000 to the film project Daughters of Abdul-Rahman, by director Zaid Abu Hamdan
$5,000 to the film project Looking for Sa'adah, by director Areen Omari
The Jordanian short film Give Up the Ghost won El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Short Film at the closing ceremony of El Gouna Film Festival. The award was received by the film's director Zain Duraie. This marks the festival's Arab premiere following its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
You Will Die at Twenty by Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala has won El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film ($50,000).
Rula Nasser (The Imaginarium Films) participated in a panel discussion about the art and science of financing which explored alternative sources of funding, and ways to build financing from several different sources.
Continuing to visit the world’s top film festivals and markets for the fifth year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) reserved its own stand at Toronto International Film Festival, marking the first-ever Arab stand at the history of the festival. Among 40 organizations representing their countries at the festival, the ACC’s stand at TIFF was sponsored by Lagoonie Film Production, Rotana Media Group, The Imaginarium Films, and MAD Solutions.
After being released at Venice international Film Festival, the latest issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine hit the stand's racks at the festival for the third year in row.
For the fourth year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) attended the Venice International Film Festival, along with nine of its partners. The 76th edition of the festival (August 28-September 7) witnessed extensive activities by the ACC and its partners.
The partners that accompanied the ACC to this year's Venice International Film Festival were (in alphabetical order): Arab Radio & Television (ART) (Saudi Arabia), ElGouna International Film Festival, Ergo (Egypt), Film Clinic (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE), Sudan Film Factory (Sudan), Sudan Independent Film Festival (Sudan), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), and WIKA for Film Production and Distribution (Egypt).
During the festival, the ACC released the latest edition of its Arab Cinema Magazine at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The new issue includes a special list of Top 50 Arab Screenwriters, in addition to a huge detailed profile on the history and the future of the horror genre in the Arab world.
As part of the activities of the Venice Production Bridge, a reception was organized to welcome the festival's guests. The reception is sponsored by Connect4Climate, World Bank Group, Eurimages and the Arab Cinema Center.
Furthermore, some of the ACC's partners screened their films in the festival's different competitions and sections. Arab Radio & Television (ART) screened its films A Son by director Mehdi Barsaoui in the Horizons section and its lead Sami Bouajila won the Best Actor Award, All This Victory by director Ahmad Ghossein in the Critics' Week section and won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award, in addition to the Best Technical Contribution award after transforming the sound into a sixth lead alongside the five main leads, that is in addition to You Will Die at Twenty by Amjad Abu Alaa in the Venice Days section, which is co-produced by Film Clinic and Sudan Film Factory another partners of the ACC, and the film won the Lion of the Future - "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film and the Advantage Award for being the most influential African film in the festival, in addition to a USD 100,000 grant by Filmauro.
For the fifth year in a row, MAD Solutions offered its marketing and distribution award to one of the Arab film projects participating in the 7th Final Cut in Venice, and the lucky winner was Mica (Morocco) by Ismaël Ferroukhi, which also won El Gouna Film Festival a monetary award of 5000 USD and granted it a participation at its Cine Gouna Platform.
As part of its activities at international film festivals and markets, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) took part in the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival in Tunisia, which ran from July 1-7, 2019. On Wednesday, July 3, the ACC held an event titled Circulation and Distribution of Arab Films in the World.
The event started at 02:30 PM and lasted for 4 hours. With the participation of several professionals, the ACC will present the Arab film industry market, its strengths and weaknesses as well as the existing opportunities in two panel discussions moderated by Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti (Arab Cinema Center and MAD Solutions).
The event opened with a presentation of the most remarkable figures of the film industry in the Arab world, followed by a panel discussion titled: Distribution of Arab Films in the Arab World that will bring together actors and producers Mahmoud Hemida and Elham Shahin, film distributor Lassaad Goubantini, distributor and producer Habib Belhedi, producer Habib Attia, distributor Ahmed Sobky, Jo Muhlberger (European Film Promotion), and Yahya Mguarrech (Artify).
The second panel discussion, held under the title: Support and Funding of Arab Films, brought together Chiraz Latiri and Mathieu Fournet (Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image), director Yousry Nasrallah, producer Sarim El Fassi (National Centre of Cinema Morocco), Roberto Stabile (ANICA), producer Rashid Abdelhamid (Palestine Film Institute), producer Jad Abi Khalil (Beirut Cinema Platform), Nada Doumani (The Royal Film Commission Jordan),and director/ producer Marianne Khoury.
For the fifth year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) launched its wide range of activities at the Cannes Film Festival in its 72nd edition. Accompanied by 15 of its partners, the ACC's activities varied between a film screening within one of the festival's competitions, the Annual Critics Awards ceremony, the Achievement Award for Film Critics and others.
The partners accompanying the ACC to the Cannes Film Festival (in alphabetical order): Arab Radio & Television (ART) (Saudi Arabia), Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (Egypt), Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image (CNCI) (Tunisia), Festival Ciné Palestine (FCP) (France), Film Clinic (Egypt), FilmLab: Palestine (FLP) (Palestine), Iraqi Cinema (Iraq), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), Ma3aml 612 Think Factory (Jordan), MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE), Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) (Sweden), Rotana Group (Saudi Arabia, Egypt), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan) The Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) (Jordan), and Tripoli Film Festival (Lebanon).
For the second year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) launched The Golden Cannes 101: Global Arab Industry Names Who Matter in a Nutshell in its new issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine, which will be released at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The list has also been published online through acc.film.
The 100 Most Important Names in the Arab Film Industry includes names that either represent themselves or entities they work for. The names were all chosen for their contributions to Arab-language cinema in the past 12 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 11th issue of the magazine includes two sections highlighting the ACC's achievements in the past five years, as well as the 10 successful years for MAD Solutions.
The new issue also offers the list of nominees for the 3rd edition of the Annual Critics Awards, whose winners will be announced on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. The winners were selected by 75 film critics from 34 countries from all over the world. The critics viewed Arab feature and documentary films produced in 2018 on Festival Scope, one of the ACC's partners. This issue also includes two sections about film critics Ibrahim Al Ariss and Deborah Young, who were announced as winners of the Achievement Award for Film Critics and will receive their awards at a ceremony held on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. The section also features an article written by Ibrahim Al Ariss.
ACC has announced the winners of its 3rd Annual Critics Awards, which were selected by 75 film critics from 34 countries from all over the world. The critics viewed the Arab feature and documentary films produced in 2018 on Festival Scope.
Winners of the 3rd Annual Critics Awards:
Best Actress |Maha Alemi | Sofia | Morocco
Best Actor |Mohamed Dhrif | Weldi | Tunisia
Best Screenplay |Meryem Benm'Barek | Sofia | Morocco
Best Documentary | Of Fathers and Sons | Director: Talal Derki | Syria
Best Director |Nadine Labaki | Capernaum | Lebanon
Best Film | Yomeddine | Director: Abu Bakr Shawky | Egypt
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has announced that the recipients of its Achievement Award for Film Critics this year are Lebanese Film Critic Ibrahim Al Ariss and American Film Critic Deborah Young for their inspiring careers in film criticism in the Arab world. Al Ariss and Young received their awards at a ceremony that was held on the sidelines of Cannes Film Festival.
As part of the 4th Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP) within its Fiction Film Projects in Development competition, Maher Diab, Creative Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), presented the ACC Award to the film project Once Upon a Time in Tripoli - El Bastardiya by director Abdullah El Ghaly and producer Miftah Saeid. The award is an invitation given to the winning project’s producer to attend the Venice Production Bridge, held on the sidelines of the Venice International Film Festival.
After it had announced call for submissions to Arab film projects for participating in the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event and the Málaga Work In Progress through its website, the Arab Cinema Center and Málaga Film Festival have selected the feature film project MONTREAL GIRLS by Canadian director Patricia Chica for the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event, and the documentary film project NOOM EL DEEK by Egyptian-American director Seif Abdalla for the Málaga Work In Progress.
For the fifth year in a row, Arab Cinema Center (ACC) engaged in a wide-range of activities at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) accompanied by 20 of its partners that vary between film organizations and international film festivals. This year, the Berlinale witnessed the ACC's five-year anniversary, where it was first launched to the world back in 2015.
The partners who accompanied ACC to the Berlinale (in alphabetical order) are: Arab Film & Media Institute (AFMI) (USA), Arab Radio & Television (ART) (Saudi Arabia), Art City For Cinema and TV Production (Iraq), Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (Egypt), Centre National du Cinema et de L'image (CNCI) (Tunisia), Eventival (Czech Republic), Festival Ciné Palestine (FCP) (France), Film Clinic (Egypt), FilmLab: Palestine (FLP) (Palestine), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt-UAE), Malaga Film Festival (Spain), Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) (Sweden), Rotana Group (Saudi Arabia-Egypt), Rowad Media (Saudi Arabia), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), The Producers (Egypt), The Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) (Jordan), Tripoli Film Festival (Lebanon), and WIKA For Film Production and Distribution (Egypt).
During the festival, the ACC released the 10th edition of the Arab Cinema Magazine, which covers the ACC's achievements in the past years, along with a special section offering details on the Arab movie theater industry, including box-office statistics and the biggest movie theater chains. Besides, the new issue features an entire section covering everything about the upcoming edition of the Annual Critics Awards and the jury that is joined by new members, bringing 76 film critics from 34 countries together.
The Arab Cinema Center gave the Arab Cinema Personality of The Year award to Screenwriter and Producer Mohamed Hefzy, President of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), presented by The Hollywood Reporter. The award comes as part of the ACC's strategy of promoting the Arab film industry internationally and supporting Arab filmmakers.
Arab Cinema Center (ACC) selected producer Amir El-Shenawy to attend the Rotterdam Lab after his feature documentary project The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by director Mohamed Taher won the ACC Award at the Cairo Film Connection (CFC). The award is an invitation given to the winning project's producer to attend the Rotterdam Lab.
The brilliance of 40th edition of Cairo International Film Festivala stems from the inception of a new milestone in the history of the festival, the Cairo Industry Days (CID) platform. The platform was launched in collaboration with the always-innovative Arab Cinema Center (ACC) which helped combining the festival’s 40 years of historical leadership with the ACC’s global network of producers, critics, funders and filmmakers, through 7 Masterclasses,8 Discussion Panels and 4 In-Conversation Sessions.
Powered by passion and eagerness for making a difference, the CID forged a world of possibilities for all Arab filmmakers where they got together with le crème du la crème of international cinema key figures and advocates.
In its fifth edition, the CFC brought together international producers, financiers, distributors, and representatives from funding bodies, sales agents and TV channels to initiate international co-productions and partnerships with films from the Arab world. Sixteen projects were selected and some of them went home with cash and awards offered by ACC and its partners.
The feature documentary project The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by director Mohamed Taher and producer Amir El-Shenawy won the ACC Award presented by the Arab Cinema Center (ACC). The award is an invitation given to the winning project's producer to attend the Rotterdam Lab, held on the sidelines of the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR in the Netherlands.
Jordanian feature film Inshallah A Boy by director Amjad AlRasheed won a monetary prize of $10,000 presented by ART.
The Algerian film Longer Will Be The Night by director Latifa Said won a monetary prize of $5,000 presented by Iraqi Cinema.
Screen Buzz is a series of professional filmmaking workshops and masterclasses for film and TV presented by internationally acclaimed Hollywood mentors to screenwriters, directors, producers and actors in the Arab world. During the CID, Screen Buzz held an extensive 4-day “Writing for TV Workshop” for ten selected film projects. The workshop was led by the acclaimed producer and screenwriter Mark Goffman, two-time Writers Guild of America Awards nominee; screenwriter Samuel Baum and writer and producer Jessica Mecklenburg.
Screen Buzz also presented a panel discussion entitled “Hollywood Is Here! Giving Arab Entertainment The American Buzz” where the experts highlighted what American TV creators bring to the Arab world through Screen Buzz. The panel discussion included Aaron Lobel, Founder and President of AAM, writer and producer Mark Goffman, screenwriter Samuel Baum, writer and producer Jessica Mecklenburg, Jordanian star Saba Mubarak, director Tamer Mohsen, and producer Shahinaz El-akkad, President of Lagoonie. In addition to that, Screen Buzz presented a masterclass titled “ Determining the Best Format for Your Creative Idea”, that shed light on the perfect way to introduce and formulate creative ideas.
EAVE On-Demand and Birthmark Scenario teamed up to present a Film Script Development Lab within the Cairo Industry Days. The Lab offered daily workshops, group sessions and one-on-one consultancy for the six selected teams of writers and producers with projects in the development stage. EAVE is a professional training, project development and networking organization for audiovisual producers. Whereas, Birthmark Scenario is a Cairo-based script services and development company that aims for scouting and developing talents as well as managing those talents to provide second to-none quality screenplays for the film and TV market. The two entities presented two workshops for the guests of Cairo Industry Days; the first was titled “The Creative Role of the Producer...Even in Funding and Budgeting” which was led by producer Roshanak Behesht Nedjad. The second workshop was titled “Presenting and Marketing Film Projects” and was led by film expert Aranka Matits and producer Roshanak Behesht Nedjad.
Through its partnership with the Cairo International Film Festival and the US Embassy in Cairo, Film Independent is organizing a Global Media Makers (GMM) summit under the umbrella of the Cairo Industry Days. The 2-day summit was attended by the GMM’s fellows, selected mentors, and partners such as Laura Kim, Senior Vice President of Film Marketing at Participant Media, Elissa Federoff, EVP Of Distribution, Neon, and Emmy-Award winning screenwriter and director Bassem Breche, among many other big names from the region and internationally. It followed the GMM’s fellows as they discussed the contributions of the GMM program to their filmmaking careers and how it supported them to unfold pan-Arab collaborations.
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) through the website, opened submissions to Arab film projects to take part in the 3rd LatinArab Co-Production Forum, held within the 29th Carthage Film Festival (JCC).
The LatinArab Co-Production Forum announced that 13 film projects have been selected to take part in its third edition. The final list of projects includes seven film projects from the Arab world, which will compete in the Forum's three categories: Fiction Pitch, Documentary Pitch and Work in Progress.
The selected Arab film projects in the Fiction Pitch include the Palestinian project Khsara by director Suha Araj, L'enfant Du Village by Lebanese-Brazilian director Daniella Saba, My Name Is Clara by Tunisian director Sarra Abidi and We Must Grow Tough, But Without Ever Losing Our Tenderness by director Samir Salem, who produces his project with Rula Nasser (The Imaginarium Films).
The two Arab documentary projects Beirut - Machu Picchu by Lebanese director Soula Saad and Supply Chains by Lebanese directors Mary Jirmanus Saba and Elizabeth Saleh got selected in the Documentary Pitch,while The Journey of the Others by director Jaime Villarreal Izquierdo was selected for the Work in Progress category.
For the fourth year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) took part in the 8th Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) in Sweden. Accompanied by 13 of its partners, the ACC gave its partners the opportunity to participate in the festival's different activities.
The partners who accompanied the ACC to the MAFF are: Arab Cinema in Sweden (ACIS), Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC), Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image (CNCI) (Tunisia), Carthage Film Festival (JCC) (Tunisia), Bastille Tayran Film (Iraq-France), Beirut DC (Lebanon), Film Clinic (Egypt), WIKA for Film Production and Distribution (Egypt), iProductions (Egypt), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE), Pan East Media (Jordan) and The Producers (Egypt).
The $5,000 award offered by Arab Cinema in Sweden (ACIS) was given to the Palestinian documentary film The Smuggled Sperm by Sawsan Qaoud, while the $3,000 award by The Imaginarium Films was offered to the Egyptian feature film When We're Born by Tamer Ezzat. Additionally, the MAD Solutions Award, which offers marketing and distribution services in the Arab world to the winning film project, was granted to Fataria by Walid Tayaa.
The ACC's partners also joined as jury members for the festival's MAFF Market Forum. Chiraz Latiri,CEO of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image (CNCI), and Producer Hani Osama, Founder and Managing Partner of The Producers, joined the jury of the MAFF Development Fund, while Abdallah Al Shami, Managing Partner and GCC Representative at MAD Solutions, served as a jury member of the MAFF Post-Production Platform.
The 8th MAFF witnessed the screening of six films distributed by MAD Solutions in its different sections. Besides, the festival will also screen several films produced by the ACC's partners, including Gunshot by iProductions and Film Clinic, The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul by Pan East Media, The Journey by Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC), and Kiss Me Not by WIKA for Film Production and Distribution.
As part of its strategy to promote Arab cinema internationally, Arab Cinema Center (ACC) joined Venice International Film Festival (29 August - 8 September) with extensive activities, in cooperation with 12 of its partners.
The participating ACC partners in Venice are: ART (Saudi Arabia), Cinema 70 (Saudi Arabia), Film Clinic(Egypt), Film Lab: Palestine (Palestine), iProductions (Egypt), Iraqi Cinema (Iraq), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt-UAE), Pan East Media (Jordan), Rotana (Saudi Arabia), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), and The Producers (Egypt).
The Waiting Bench documentary film project by Sudanese director Suhaib Gasmelbari won the MAD Solutions Award at the 6th Final Cut in Venice workshop, held on the margins of the 75th Venice International Film Festival. The award offers marketing and distribution services across the Arab world to the winning film project.
The Waiting Bench tells the story offour Sudanese filmmakers, who have been close friends since more than 45 years, trying to inspire the love of cinema in a wounded country. One of their last heroic acts is to resuscitate a cinema theatre in Khartoum.The project is co-produced by Goi Goi Productions and Agat Films & Cie.
While attending the Venice International Film Festival as one of the partners of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), Lagoonie Film Production announced the feature film project Certified Mail by director Hisham Saqr as winner of its monetary award, €5000, within the festival's Final Cut in Venice workshop. Lagoonie's award offers support to the film through its upcoming production stages.
Certified Mail follows Hala, who has been living with the fear of abandonment since her father passed away when she was 18. She suffers from clinical depression, which leads her to several suicide attempts.
Written and directed by Hisham Saqr, Certified Mail stars Basma, Passant Shawky, Mohamed Sarhan, Lobna Asal and Rafal Abdelkader. The film is co-produced by Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic and Hisham Saqr's White Feather.
The organizers of the 75th Venice International Film Festival (August 29 - September 8) announced the selection of Producer/Screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy as a jury member of the Horizons (Orizzonti) section a few months before the launch of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), where he serves as President.
The Orizzonti section offers the awards for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Short Film, along with a Special Jury Prize.
While carrying out its wide-ranging activities at the 75th Venice International Film Festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has released the newest issue of its Arab Cinema Magazine. The new issue is set to accompany the ACC to international film festivals until the end of the year, including the Toronto Film Festival, Malmö Film Festival, Carthage Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival and the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, in addition to the International Film Festival Rotterdam held in early 2019, among others.
The 9th issue dedicated an entire section to the history of the Tunisian film industry casting light on the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image (CNCI) and its role in transforming the Tunisian film industry since its creation in 2011 through its various activities that include supporting national film festivals, such as the Carthage Film Festival (JCC) and the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival, in addition to developing the Creative Digital Lab (CDL), the Gaming Lab and La Cinémathèque Tunisienne (Cinémathèque Tunisia), which encompasses an extensive archive preserving Tunisia's film heritage.
The new issue also featured articles about Tunisian stars who took the international circuit by storm, popular films shot in Tunisia, and an overview of Tunisia's film co-productions.
Within the activities of the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) unveiled the news on launching the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic. The news was highlighted by the Screen Daily and Hollywood Reporter magazines as a festival which activities include programmes to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.
Under its partnership with the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), MAD Solutions has attended the 53rd KarlovyVary International Film Festival to participate in the Europa Distribution's programme as one of its members.Europa Distribution is an association of independent film distributors.
The programme's activities vary between panel discussions, which focus on the analysis of film scripts in general, film screenings, workshops and interactive meetings.
Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, is represented MAD Solutions at the Europa Distribution's programme. Karkouti is participated in two panel discussions: the "Artificial Intelligence and Script Analysis: Predicting Commercial and Critical Success for European and Independent Film" on Monday, July 2, followed by another one that took place on Tuesday, July 3 under the title: "Europa Distribution Script Evaluation Workshop: How to Evaluate a Film and Its Potential by Reading the Script?"
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has released the eighth issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine. The new issue casts light on the Arab films selected at the Cannes Film Festival, offers a directory for the Arab films that toured the international festival circuit through May 2017/2018, in addition to other topics related to the festival and the Arab film industry.
The new issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine is featuring an entire section dedicated to the new edition of the Cannes Film Festival covering its key selections, activities, updates and highlights as well as prominent names that contributed to the festival's success. Besides, it offers a list of the most important international and Arab filmmakers that the festival helped discover since their first or early works.
The eighth issue also offers a detailed directory of the Arab films that toured international film festivals during May 2017/2018 and important films that won awards and received international recognition.
On the margins of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) announced the winners of its 2nd Annual Critics Awards, who were selected by 62 film critics from 28 countries around the world through voting, at a special ceremony. The critics viewed Arab feature and documentary films produced during 2017 on the digital platform of Festival Scope, a partner of the Arab Cinema Center.
Best Actor: Mohamed Bakri | Wajib | Palestine (Accepted by Producer Ossama Bawardi)
Best Actress: Mariam Al Ferjani| Beauty and the Dogs |Tunisia (Accepted by Mariam Al Ferjani)
Best Screenplay: Wajib | Annemarie Jacir | Palestine (Accepted by Annemarie Jacir)
Best Director: Ziad Doueiri | The Insult | Lebanon (Accepted by Distributor Hiam Saleeby)
Best Documentary: Taste of Cement | Ziad Kalthoum | Lebanon, Syria (Accepted by Distributor Aleksandar Govedarica)
Best Film: Wajib | Annemarie Jacir | Palestine (Accepted by Producer Ossama Bawardi)
Besides, Film Critic and Media Figure Youssef Cherif Rizkallah received the Achievement Award for Film Critics whereby the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) seeks to highlight the profession of film criticism by honoring one of the Arab or foreign film critics annually at the Cannes Film Festival.
The awards ceremony witnessed the attendance of a big number of the Annual Critics Awards jury members including Ibrahim Alariss, Ahmed Shawky, Olivier Barlet, Pamela Biénzobas, Jay Weissberg, Husam Asi, Hassouna Mansouri, Khaled Mahmoud, Dragan Rubesa, Deborah Young, Ziad Khuzai, Sydney J. Levine, Tarek El Shinnawi, Abdul Sattar Naji, Erfan Rashid, Gautaman Bhaskaran, Massimo Lechi, Mohammed Boughalleb, Mohammed Rouda, Houda Ibrahim and Youssef Cherif Rizkallah.
The sponsors of the awards ceremony who attended are Producer Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic) and Producer Daniel Ziskind Film Clinic's European representative, whose film Yomeddine is competing in the festival's official competition; Antoine Khalife, Special Advisor to the Arab Radio & Television (ART) network and former director of the Arab Programme at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF); Mouhamad Keblawi, Founder and Festival Director of the Malmö Arab Film Festival; Zaid F. Jawad, CEO of Iraqi Cinema; along with MAD Solutions' team: Alaa Karkouti, CEO of MAD Solutions and Co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), Maher Diab, Creative Director and Co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and MAD Solutions, Colin Brown, Managing Partner and Director of International Operations at MAD Solutions, Abdallah Al Shami, Managing Partner and GCC Representative at MAD Solutions, Kareem Samy, Manager of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), Meriame Deghedi, Distribution and Sales Manager at MAD Solutions, and Aliaa Zaky, Project Manager at MAD Solutions.
The ACC has invited all of its partners to be present at the ACC Stand for the program’s starter
The ACC hosted a Happy Hour event for its partner Tripoli Film Festival at the ACC stand, to mingle and network with potential key names in the film industry, and introduce the new date of the festival and its upcoming events and activities.
1-The ACC has organized a networking session titled ‘Co-Producing with Europe & Beyond’ at the ACC Stand, to explore the opportunities of future network with ACC partners along with International and European production companies.
2-The ACC has managed to organize a networking session with its partner Malmo Arab Film Festival, to promote the festival, the industry side and demonstrating the accreditation process. Choosing a format of delivering a presentation to guests of around 10 to 20 people (Arabs and International) who did not attend the festival.
For the first time, The European Film Promotion (efp) has partnered up with The ACC. During the round table, the ACC Co-founder Alaa Karkouti has introduced key Arab producers, in order to find potential collaborations with key European producers.
A first-of-its-kind event in the Arab world, the new issue introduces The 100 Most Important Names in the Arab Film Industry. The list included directors, screenwriters, actors/actresses, producers, festival directors and festival presidents, distributors, platform directors, funders, key names in Arab governmental film commissions, international sales agents, and directors of film institutions and organizations.
For the first time, the ACC has attended the first round of the Malaga Film Festival.
Through an open call on its website, the ACC enabled Arab filmmakers to apply for participating in Málaga Film Festival and recently the selected Arab films have been announced. The films are IN BETWEEN by director Dalyah Bakheet, and CHENTIAN by director Suha Arraf that will be part of the MAFF- Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event.
The two winning film projects of the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event are going to have the opportunity to connect with the international funding institutions attending the festival and producers from Spain and other European countries. On the other hand, the Málaga Work In Progress focuses on financing film production, facilitating its completion and international distribution.
In addition, there are two Arab films that will be part of Málaga's Work In Progress, names; GUNSHOT by director Karim El Shenawy, and Lebanese documentary film UNDERDOWN (Taht Al Taht) by director Sarah Kaskas, that was revealed during Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP).
During the latest edition of Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP), ACC and Málaga announced the selection of Lebanese documentary film UNDERDOWN (Taht Al Taht) by director Sarah Kaskas and producers Liliane Rahal and Ines Meier from among BCP's film selections to participate in the events of the Málaga Work In Progress that will be held on the sidelines of the festival in Spain.
As the bear goes back to hibernation after the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, the Arab Cinema Center has got a lot to celebrate after its 4th Berlinale!
In cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) announced that Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), and Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of the DIFF, are the winners of the Arab Cinema Personality of the Year award. This was the first time that an award of this nature was given to the directors of a film festival.
The 7th issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine made it to the racks all over the European Film Market (EFM) this Berlinale. The new issue unveiled the remarkable expansion in the number of the jury members of the Annual Critics Awards, organized by the Arab Cinema Center (ACC); it has more than doubled since the first edition last year.
At a conference held within the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Juan Antonio Vigar, Director of the Málaga Film Festival and Annabelle Aramburu Picasso, Industry & International Coordinator of the Malaga Film Festival, together with Maher Diab, Creative Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), announced the selected two Arab film projects to take part in the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event, held on the sidelines of the Málaga Film Festival in Spain (April 13-22, 2018). There films are , In Between by director Dalyah Bakheet and producer Hanaa Saleh Alfassi, and Chentian by director Suha Arraf and producer Joshua Cassar Gaspar.
The ACC held a Happy Hour reception at its stand to celebrate the masterpiece THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM, winner of the Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay and the Audience Award (Hubert Bals) at the 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam.
For its 4th Berlinale, the ACC brought along eleven of its partners! The partners who attended are: Eliane Raheb from Beirut Cinema Platform – BCP, Mohamed Hefzy from Film Clinic, Hanna Atallah from Filmlab Palestine, Alaa Karkouti, Maher Diab, Abdallah Alchami, Kareem Samy, and Aliaa Zaky from MAD Solutions, Mouhamed Keblawi from Malmo Arab Film Festival and Arab Cinema in Sweden, Frank Albers and Karin Schyle from Robert Bosch Stiftung, Ahmed Samy Wizzo from Studio ZAT, Talal Afifi from Sudan Independent Film Festival and Sudan Film Factory, Rula Nasser from The Imaginarium Films, Hani Osama from The Producers, and George David and Nada Doumani from The Royal Film Commission – RFC.
Just a few days before the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s announcement of the winners of this year´s Film Prize for International Cooperation during the Berlinale , an initiative of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, the foundation hosted its annual networking dinner connected to the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung at its Berlin representation. The Dinner aimed to connect emerging Arab and German film talents with international film industry professionals.
While enjoying the prestigious Berlinale along with the ACC, several ACC’s partners had the chance to have their films screened at the EFM this year such as MAD Solutions’ Films; The Journey, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, and The GUEST: Aleppo - Istanbul.
The ACC offered its partners the chance to have their very own Happy Hour at the ACC stand this year opening a new window for them to network and socialize with numerous A-list celebrities and key game-changers from the film and entertainment industry from around the world.
The ACC celebrated its 3rd landing at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) with selecting Arab film producers to take part at the Rotterdam Lab through its official website. The ACC has selected the Arab producer Khadijah Kudsi (Saudi Arabia – Syria) to attend the Rotterdam Lab held on the sidelines of the International Film Festival Rotterdam – IFFR. The lucky winner had her hotel accommodation, meals, and flight allowance and workshop expenses covered by the ACC.
Making its last stop in 2017 after a good deal of remarkable achievements at 21 international film festivals and markets, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) closed its activities at, one of the world's “50 unmissable film festivals“ as heralded by Variety magazine, the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
A large number of the Arab Cinema Center’s partners, 29 film experts representing 21 companies and organizations, flew to Dubai to attend the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Ruzanna Konjoryan and Kaveh Farnam from Advanced Media (UAE), Mahmoud El-Batt and Afnan Sarraj from Arab Radio & Television (ART) (Saudi Arabia), Hanaa Alfassi from Axe Pictures (USA-Morocco-Saudi Arabia), Jad Abi-Khalil from Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP) (Lebanon), Mohamed Hefzy and Jessica Khoury Film Clinic (Egypt), Ahmed Fahmy, Lamiaa Faissal and Yousseif Ahmed from iProductions (Egypt), Zaid Fadhel from Iraqi Cinema (Iraq), Salam Salman from Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC) (Iraq), Alaa Karkouti, Colin Brown, Abdallah AlShami and Kareem Samy from MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE), Reem Bader from Minaa Platform (Jordan), Perihan AbuZeid from Arab Cinema Week in New York (USA) and Movie Pigs (USA), Saba Muba rak from Pan East Media (Jordan), Reem Kozak from Rotana (Saudi Arabia, Egypt), Rosh Abdel Fattah from Rotterdam Arab Film Festival (Netherlands), Mohammed Alomd’a from Sudan Film Factory (Sudan) and Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF) (Sudan), Rula Nasser, Jamal Al-Adwan and Rayah F. Aburub from The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), Hani Osama from The Producers (Egypt), Nada Doumani from The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) (Jordan) and Elias Eklat from Tripoli Film Festival (Lebanon).
Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Managing Partner of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, has revealed details of the 2nd round of the Annual Critics Awards. In cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter, the ACC announced that it is going to present the Arab Personality of the Year Award at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). Besides, the ACC selected Producer Khadijah to attend the Rotterdam Lab that is going to be held on the sidelines of the International Film Festival Rotterdam – IFFR in Netherlands in 2018. Moreover, the ACC announced that it opened call for applications to Arab film projects for the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event and Málaga Work In Progress that are going to be held within the 2018 Málaga Film Festival in Spain.
Producer Hani Osama (The Producers) made a presentation of his company's latest TV project Ana Shahira.. Ana El Khayen based on Noor Abdulmajeed’s duology with the same title. Osama also presented Seventh Neighbor TV series, the first 60-episode Egyptian TV series and is directed by three young female directors Ayten Amin, Nadine Khan and Heba Yousry. Within the Forum's program that was held as part of the Dubai Film Market, Osama participated in a panel discussion titled The Big Binge Theory that discussed how VOD and streaming services have radically altered the TV landscape and how content is created, distributed and consumed.
Producer Rula Nasser (The Imaginarium Films) took part in a panel discussion titled ‘Co-Producing for the International Market’, where she spoke about co-producing, from development and finance to production and distribution.
Producer/Screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy will take part in a panel discussion titled ‘Money Talks: The State of Global Film Finance’. Hefzy discussed the current state of film finance and prospects for the future.
Within the festival's various competitions, MAD Solutions presented 25 films from 20 different countries. The films distributed by MAD Solutions included Kiss Me Not by Ahmed Amer, Until the Birds Return by Karim Moussaoui, Camera by Abdullah Aljunaibi, The Journey by Mohamed Al-Daradji, Sharp Tools by Nujoom Alghanem, Lollipop by Hanaa Saleh AlFassi, A Drowning Man by Mahdi Fleifel, City Soul by Hicham Lasri, Rupture by Yassmina Karajah, Astra by Nidhal Guiga and Bonbone by Rakan Mayasi.
The Journey by director Mohamed Al-Daradji, Founder of the Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC), the company that co-produced the film, competed in the Muhr Feature competition. The short film Halawa (Lollipop), which is directed and co-produced by Hanaa Saleh AlFassi through Axe Pictures, competed in the Muhr Gulf Short competition.
The Arab Radio & Television (ART) offered its ART Award, which worth $10,000, to Amjad Abu Alaa for his feature film You Will Die at Twenty.
At this year’s DIFF, The Robert Bosch Stiftung (RBS) made an agreement with the Dubai Film Market (DFM) to select one of the documentary film projects participating in the DFM to be eligible for a nomination for the Best Film Award offered by the RBS. The Syrians documentary film by director Mohamed Ismail Laouti received a nomination for the next round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation. The winners will be announced during the events of the Berlinale Talents 2019. The Film Prize comprises grants worth up to 60,000 Euros.
Zaid Fadhel, Founder of Iraqi Cinema, announced that Iraqi Cinema is going to open a new movie theater at Baghdad Mall as part of the company’s plan to revive and expand Iraqi movie theaters during 2018. Iraqi Cinema will also launch a new magazine titled Iraqi Cinema with an aim to promote cinema culture in Iraq.
At DIFF’s TWITTER Theatre, Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Managing Partner of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, was interviewed by the CNN to talk about MAD Solutions’ celebrities, the Annual Critics Awards and the ACC’s role in the Arab film industry.
The two partners, Zaid Fadhel from Iraqi Cinema and Reem Bader from Minaa Platform, also had interviews with the CNN.
The ACC had another interview with Sky News, along with its partner, Hanaa Alfassi from Axe Pictures on her new film Halawa (Lollipop).
In its DIFF Dailies, Screen International magazine highlighted the Arab film industry through a number of articles and ad pages for the ACC and its partners.
In its Day 1 issue, an ad was made for Ana Shahira.. Ana El Kha'en TV Series by The Producers and Film Clinic, and another ad was created for Seventh Neighbor TV Series by The Producers.
The Day 2 issue featured an article highlighting iProductions’ new feature film The Guest directed by Hadi El Bagoury and another article announcing that MAD Solutions acquired the Arab world distribution rights to the film The Journey by director Mohamed Al Daradji.
The Day 3 issue featured an article about Iraqi Cinema announcing that Zaid Fadhel made an agreement with Mohamed Al Daradji (IIFC) to distribute The Journey film.
Moreover, an article titled ‘New genres and formats the way forward for MENA TV, say Dubai panel’ featured Producer Hani Osama (The Producers), an article announcing that MAD Solutions signed a distribution agreement with FilmLab: Palestine to distribute its films in Palestine and an exclusive article titled ‘Marwan Hamed to direct Adham Sabri adaptation’ about the new project of The Producers and Film Clinic, Adham Sabry - The Man of the impossible.
An exclusive article by Variety magazine revealing that Producer Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic is co-producing Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky’s upcoming feature film ‘Yomeddine’.
Sharp Magazine ME published an article about MAD Solutions acquiring the Arab world distribution rights to The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul film.
In its Day 12 issue: Emarat Al Youm Arabic newspaper covered the details of the 2nd Critics Awards, the ACC’s 2018 plans and its achievements since its inception in 2015 that Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti has revealed during his press conference at DIFF.
In its Day 11 issue, the newspaper published an article about Mohamed Al Daradji’s new film The Journey.
Articles highlighting iProductions’ new feature film The Guest directed by Hadi El Bagoury.
For the 2nd year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) took part in the Latin Arab Co-Production Forum as Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Managing Partner of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, served as one of the jury members of the Forum. In there, Karkouti participated in a discussion panel entitled "How to get your film there- International and local Distribution" and one to one talks as well.
The ACC participated in the 23rd MEDFILM Festival, where the Center's director Abdallah AlChami participated in panel discussions from film industry professionals, encouraging more co-productions with the #Arab world and Mediterranean countries.
In November, ACC participated in the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, where the Center was featured in the official catalog of the festival.
The 10th Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (CTIFMF) selected Maher Diab, Creative Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), as one of the jury members of the Main CTIFMF Competition. Diab was also part of a panel discussion titled 'The Secret of Film Festivals'.
Alongside Maher Diab, the list included award-winning Canadian Director/Screenwriter Clement Virgo, who received more than 17 awards from international film festivals. Film Critic and President of FIPRESCI, Alin Tasciyan, headed the jury, marking the first female to hold the post since 2007. The jury awards included the Grand Prix Prize and the New Voices Award.
For the third consecutive year, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) took part of the seventh edition of the Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) in Sweden (October 6-10) with a schedule of intensive activities. This comes as part of the partnership between the ACC, Arab Cinema in Sweden (ACIS) and MAFF.
The ACC took part, alongside its partners, in the events of the festival's market and forum (October 7-9), including; two seminars, a panel discussion, joining the festival's juries, and presenting an award to one of the participating projects in the market, in addition to presenting 11 films from the distribution list of MAD Solutions, the ACC's organizer, in the festival's various competitions. The latest edition of the Arab Cinema Magazine was also distributed among the festival guests.
ACC partners had a strong presence at the festival. Superstar Saba Mubarak (Pan East Media) joined the jury of the two feature film competitions (long and short films) in addition to her participation in a panel discussion on promoting gender equality in film industry on Monday, October 9th.
Ahmed Samy, CEO of Studio ZAT, gave a presentation on the activities and services provided by the studio in a panel discussion that was held on Sunday, October 8th.
Producer Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic) also took part in a panel discussion on the Arab Film Institute (AFI) on Sunday, October 8th. On the same day, producer Rula Nasser (The Imaginarium Films) joined the panel of the MAFF Development Funding Feature, while Maher Diab, Creative Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center, joined the panel of the Doc Post Production Platform.
Also among the ACC's activities at MAFF, Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, presented a seminar titled "ACC: Presenting Fresh Data From The Arab Film Industry" on Saturday, October 7th. Through the seminar, Karkouti briefly described the current status of the film industry and film distribution in the Arab world.
Under the title "Meet the Distributors", Karkouti, together with Marie Strauss (Folkets Bio, Sweden), presented a seminar on Sunday, October 8th, to showcase the activities undertaken by both of their companies, the films they distribute, the kind of films they are looking for, as well as distribution possibilities in the Arab world and Sweden.
On Monday, October 9th, Karkouti was part of a panel discussion entitled "The Map of the Arab Film Industry", where a group of film industry experts and producers from the Arab world spoke about their companies and organizations as well as the film industry in the Arab world.
For the third year in a row, under the umbrella of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), MAD Solutions is going to present its Marketing and Distribution Award in the Arab world to one of the winning film projects participating in the MAFF Market Forum (MMF). The award comes as part of the company's strategy to support the Arab film industry through its different production stages internationally and within the Arab region and to promote them on the long run. The company previously offered similar awards for winning projects at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, and at the Final Cut in Venice workshop held within the Venice International Film Festival.
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC), organized by MAD Solutions, continues to be part of International film festivals and markets as it took part in the 65th San Sebastian International Film Festival (22-30 September, 2017). Accompanying the ACC is MAD Solutions that attended a panel discussion titled: The Bigger Picture: A Fresh Approach to Public Funding; in its capacity as the only Arab representative in
the Europa Distribution association of international independent film distributors. Representing MAD is Abdallah Elchami, Managing Partner of MAD Solutions in the GCC. Organized by the Europa Distribution association, the panel discussion was slated to take place on Monday, September 25 and the ACC in addition to MAD Solutions were the only Arab representatives in the event.
For the second year in a row, the ACC was present at the 3rd Film and Television Careers Connection (FTCC). The event was organized by the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) and it took place on September 22-24, 2017. The ACC was represented at the FTCC by Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Managing Partner of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, as he took part in two panel discussions. The first panel featured a discussion on the 1st Amman International Film Festival - Awal Film, which is going to be launched in 2018 and is co-organized by the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) and MAD Solutions, in collaboration with the ACC. Whereas, the second panel was titled 'Regional Support for Arab Filmmakers' and it included many guest speakers along with Karkouti such as: Moroccan Film Critic Ahmad Oraib, Filmmaker/Producer Hanna Atallah, (Filmlab: Palestine), Iraqi Cinematographer Salam Salman, and Abedalsalam Alhajj (Royal Film Commission-Jordan).
For the second year in a row, the ACC was present at the Toronto International Film Festival. Accompanied by seven ACC’s partners, the ACC had a handful of activities in there.
The ACC teamed up with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC), MAD Solutions and the Amman International Film Festival- Awal Film to host a reception on Sunday 10th of Sep at Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge.
The 6th issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine was distributed during the events of the prestigious 42nd Toronto Film Festival.
Four of the ACC’s partners had their films screened at the festival. The films were: ‘Toronto Hidden Gem' as described by the Hollywood Reporter, SHEIKH JACKSON by Amr Salama which is produced by The Producers, marketed by MAD Solutions and starring Crystal Dog’s founder star Ahmad Al Fishawy. The Journey by Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji which is produced by Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC). The short films BONBONÉ by Rakan Mayasi and A DROWNING MAN by Mahdi Fleifel which are distributed by MAD Solutions.
While some of ACC’s partners were at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of their films, others were there to support the Arab cinema as well. Many ACC’s partners were present at the festival including: Ahmad Al Fishawy (Crystal Dog ), Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic ), Mohamed Al-Daradji (Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC)), Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab (MAD Solutions), George David and Nada Doumani (The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC)), Rula Nasser (The Imaginarium ), and Hani Osama (The Producers)
The ACC was not alone this time at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, as it was surrounded by a sizable number of its partners including: Antoine Khalifa (Arab Radio & Television (ART)), Perihan Abou-Zeid (Arab Cinema Week/ Movie Pigs), Hanaa Saleh Alfassi (AXE Pictures), Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic), Alaa Karkouti and Kareem Samy (MAD Solutions), Saba Mubarak (Pan East Media), Assem Ramadan (Rotana Group), Marwa Gabriel (Starz Studio), and Hadi El Bagoury (The Producers).
The ACC released the sixth issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine at Venice. The new issue brought highlights on a variety of topics; the presence of Arab stars at the festival circuit of 2017, a guide, the first of its kind in the Arab film industry, to the Arab films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a list of the Arab films that won the annual Critics Awards, a cinematic look to the refugee crisis, along with a round-table discussion with three directors of key international film festivals.
The ACC had a two-page ad inside the Venice’s industry catalogue this year.
The ACC's wide-range of activities at Venice also included a cocktail reception that was held in collaboration with the Venice Production Bridge on September 2nd at the Beach Pavilion.
The Arab Cinema Center joined hands with the Venice Production Bridge to present a panel discussion on how the Arab World can be the new China of international cinema in general, and European cinema in particular. The panel was attended by a number of Arab and European film experts.
Under the umbrella of the ACC, in association with Eurimages, and for the third year in a row, MAD Solutions offered its special award to the winning film project at the 5th Venice Final Cut workshop. This year’s award went to the film project JOINT POSSESSION by Moroccan director Leila Kilani.
In August, ACC participated in the 70th Festival del film Locarno, where the Center was featured in the official catalog of the festival and issues of Arab Cinema Magazine was distributed during the festival's events.
Film Analyst Alaa Karkuti, Co-founder of Arab Cinema Center and CEO of MAD Solutions, participated in a panel discussion in the fifth edition of StepIn. The panel was titled "Global Platforms and Cinema Screenings". This year, SetpIn aimed to discuss the growing impact of video-on-demand platforms on cinemas, as this digital revolution affects the challenges of creating and consuming content more than ever before.
Abdallah Elchami, Managing Partner of MAD Solutions in the GCC; the company which organizes ACC, represented the center at the Eurasia International Film Festival. Elchami participated in a panel discussion, within the Eurasia Film Market. The discussion was titled " Kazakh films abroad: Marketing and Promotion", where Elchami will talk about MAD Solutions' experience in promoting films from the Arab world, the company's strategy, and the results it arrived at.
Elchami represented ACC in the closing session of the Market, focusing on the possible actions that the film industry in the Central Asian region has to take. ACC was presented as an example of very important and productive initiatives that can lead to international cooperation. In the same context, issues of Arab Cinema Magazine will be distributed among the festival and market visitors.
The Eurasia Festival featured 11 films distributed by MAD Solutions in the Eurasia Film Market, including the feature film feature A Mile in My Shoes directed by Saïd Khallaf, My Uncle by Nassim Abassi, and Foreign Body by director Raja Amari, as well as the long documentary Gaza Surf Club directed by Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine, Nany Culture by Paul James Driscoll, and the short films Kindil El Bahr by Damien Ounouri, The Parrot by Amjad Al Rasheed and Darin J. Sallam, One Minute by Dina Nasser, Nocturne in Black by Jimmy Keyrouz, last but not least, the two animated films Ayny by Ahmed Saleh and Karouma by Boubaker Boukhari.
Egyptian Jeanne D'Arc also competed at the same festival, within the Plaza 6 Program, that was dedicated to featuring films from developing countries, with the attendance of the film's director Iman Kamel who was also selected for the Short Film jury, alongside representatives from MAD Solutions, which distributes the film in the Arab world.
Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Managing Partner of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, has been invited to attend the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to introduce the Arab Cinema Center.
In the first five months of 2017, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has completed its activities at six international film festivals and events and now it has reached the seventh, the 70th Cannes Film Festival. For its great efforts in promoting the Arab film industry since it started in the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, an interview was conducted by The Hollywood Reporter with the ACC’s founders, Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab, to talk about their organization since it started and the successes it has achieved.
At the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has presented five awards at its first Annual Critics Awards for the best achievements in the Arab cinema in 2016. The initiative brought together 24 of the best Arab and foreign critics who come from 15 countries from all over the world for an event that happens for the first time in the history of Arab Cinema. The ACC’s Critics Awards was highlighted by ScreenDaily and Hollywood Reporter
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has announced at the Cannes festival that it has become a registered non-profit organization in Berlin. This news has been highlighted in The Hollywood Reporter
The ACC’s website now offers a variety of new tools to make it easier for Arab and foreign filmmakers looking for information about the Arab film industry. The ACC has updated its website to include an Arab Cinema Guide, Festival Guide, Grants and Support Guide, and a Training and Education Institutions Guide.
The Arab Cinema Magazine celebrated its first anniversary, where its first issue was released a year ago, with the launch of its fifth issue at the festival in its 70th edition. The magazine comes as part of the Center’s 2017 plan of promoting Arab cinema at more than 20 international film festivals and markets.
At its booth at the Palais, the ACC held a reception to bring Arab filmmakers together with international filmmakers. After the Critics Awards ceremony, the ACC held a reception for the nominees, winners and the critics to celebrate together. For the Malmo Arab Film Festival, a reception was held to connect Scandinavian countries with Arab filmmakers in collaboration with the MAFF market.
Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Co-founder of MAD Solutions and ACC, was part of a panel discussion titled "Opportunities in Emerging Global Markets: The New Gold Rush”, where the ACC participated along with The Hollywood Reporter. The panel presented analytics that show that markets in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East are poised to become dominant playerson the world stage. Panelists discussed their current strategies, what content works in their markets, what is exporting and their future plans.
iProductions joined forces with The Producers and Film Clinic on the production of the film Sheikh Jackson by director Amr Salama, which is set to be released in theatres during 2017. The Producers and Film Clinic have released the teaser poster at the festival. The German company Media Luna has acquired the distribution rights to Sheikh Jackson outside the Arab world. Sheikh Jackson was highlighted by regional and international media on ScreenDaily and Variety
While attending Cannes' Le Marché du Film, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) announced that Jordanian star Saba Mubarak has been selected by Palestinian filmmaker Mohammad Keblawi, Festival Director of the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, as jury member for the Feature Film competition (long and short films) at the festival's 7th edition, which will be held on October 6 -10, 2017.
On the margins of the Cannes Film Festival and for the second consecutive year, the Carthage Film Festival (JCC) had a press conference at the Tunisian Pavilion in Cannes, where many journalists, festival directors and film professionals attended. Nejib Ayed, General Manager of the 2017-2018 Carthage Film Festival (JCC) made a number of important announcements like the next edition’s date (November 4-11, 2017), the creation of two new sections, workshops dates and a new workshop that will be developed in 2018.
MAD Solutions has acquired the Arab world distribution rights to the Turkish/Jordanian film The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul, featuring Jordanian star Saba Mubarak in the lead role. MAD has signed the deal with the film's production companies, Istanbul Film Productions (Turkey) and Pan East Media (Jordan). This news was highlighted exclusively by ScreenDaily magazine on Thursday, the 18th of May.
As part of the its tremendous efforts to promote both Jordanian cinema and Jordan as a filming location, the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) held two successful panel discussions at the festival. A panel entitled “Producers Without Borders” organized by the RFC and The Producers Guild of America, and another panel entitled “Beyond Borders: Why do few Arab films travel beyond local borders” organized by the RFC and the Centre Cinematographique Marocain.
Taking place for the third year, the Dubai Film Market (DFM) Goes to Cannes programme screened a line-up of five Arab projects from the region during the festival as part of the partnership between the Dubai Film Market (DFM), organized by the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), and Cannes’ Marché du Film. The projects were Joint Possession by Leïla Kilani, Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf by Susan Youssef, Poisonous Roses by Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, Until the End of Time by Yasmine Chouikh, and Wajib by Annemarie Jacir.
The ACC was present at the WIPO SCCR in Geneva as the film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, CEO of MAD Solutions and organizer of the Arab Cinema Center, was invited among other professionals to be part of a roundtable discussion, entitled ‘Using the Copyright Framework to Help Build Sustainable Audiovisual Industries Worldwide’, held as part of the WIPO SCCR 34 in Geneva.
As an ACC partner that will accompany the center to international film events in 2017, the Arab Cinema Center joined the 4th Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon. The ACC and its partner MAD Solutions provided the festival with figures and statistics about Arab cinema and on the sideline of the festival, two discussions took place at the TFF FORUM. The discussion featured the Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti (Arab Cinema Center / MAD Solutions) and the ACC’s partners, Jad Abi Khalil and Zeina Sfeir from the Beirut Cinema Platform and Beirut DC Lebanon.
Conquering a new market, the ACC attended the first and oldest international film festival in Turkey, the Istanbul International Film Festival. During the festival’s 12th Meetings on the Bridge, the Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Co-founder of MAD Solutions and organizer of the Arab Cinema Center, presented a discussion entitled "MAD Solutions and Arab Cinema Center: Where the Future of the Arab Film Industry Lies".
Aiming to provide support to Arab independent filmmakers, the ACC attended the 2nd Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP). The ACC team met with Lebanese filmmakers at the festival and they were introduced to the Arab Cinema Center and knew more about its role in promoting the Arab cinema. Also in there, the Egyptian Producer Mark Lotfy was granted the ACC award for his co-production feature film project, Souad, directed by Egyptian director Ayten Amin, within the events of the 2nd Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP).
The ACC had its special blue stand at the Berlinale promoting the center’s activities. The ACC also held networking sessions teaming up with powerful partners like; the European Film Market (EFM), Variety Magazine, Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation’s Film Prize nominees, and for the EFM’s Mexico in Focus, a number of sessions were held with seven Mexican film professionals, institutions and commissions. Finally, celebrating its presence in Berlinale for the third year in a row, the ACC threw a hit party with an oriental flavor!
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (25 January - 5 February) witnessed a strong Arab presence, as the Arab Cinema Center began its third edition with extensive activities by offering Arab filmmakers the opportunity to participate in Rotterdam Lab for the second consecutive year. Director Elie Kamal was in attendance as co-producer, in place of Jana Wehbe, the producer of the documentary film Beirut Terminus, in the Rotterdam Lab Workshop, alongside Producer Dina Harb, Managing Director of Birthmark Films.
Among the Arab Cinema Center partners who were in attendance at the workshop are Karin Schyle from the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation; Alaa Karkouti, CEO of MAD Solutions; Afnan Sarraj fromART, whose film Tramontane was also screened at IFFR within the Voices Section.
After making it to 16 festivals around the globe, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has successfully finished up its activities for 2016 at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (December 7 - 14) making the total number of festivals attended for this year, 17 festivals. Get to know ACC’s finishing touches on 2016 at this well-regarded festival!
At the business and trade hub of the festival, the Dubai Film Market (DFM), the ACC successfully ran its own stand promoting the latest content in the region. Besides, thirty of ACC’s partners, which is such a big number, accompanied the Center to be part of the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in the UAE specifically;
Two of Film Clinic’s films won awards at the festival, Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim by Sherif El Bendary and Withered Green by Mohammad Hammad. Ali Sobhi, the lead actor in Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim won the Best Actor Award, while Mohammad Hammad earned the Best Director Award for Withered Green.
A co-production of the Arab Radio and Television Network (ART), the feature film Tramontane by Lebanese-Armenian filmmaker Vatche Boulghourjian, gave its Lebanese actress Julia Kassar the Best Actress Award in the Muhr Feature competition of the festival. Moreover, the ART Prize for Best Script, which is a monetary prize of $10,000, was given to the film project Farha by director Darin Sallam and producer Deema Azar during the Dubai Film Connection (DFC) at the 13th DIFF.
Three of the films co-distributed and distributed by MAD Solutions won awards at the 13th DIFF. Two films co-distributed by MAD Solutions and Film Clinic Indie Distribution (FCID) received awards, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim won the Best Actor Award for its lead actor Ali Sobhi in the Muhr Feature competition, and Withered Green won Mohammad Hammad the Best Director Award in the same competition. Besides, director Mounia Akl won the Special Jury Prize for her short film
The ACC released the third issue of its Arab Cinema Magazine with a green colored-cover to match the issue’s main theme, which is the sustainable development found in the Arab filmmaking industry. The third issue features more exciting topics related to the Arab cinema with catchy titles like Memorable Arab Characters (& Stereotypes) in Hollywood, Nine Ways Arab Cinema Has Answered The UN’s Goals For A Sustainable Planet, Arab Stars Who Took the Dutch Cinema By Storm, Who’s Your Best-looking Arab Celebrity?, and Fantastic Arab Talents and Where to Find Them.
Run by Colin Brown, Managing Partner and Director of International Operations at MAD Solutions, and the latest activity of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), the LAB is a first-of-its-kind film financing incubator for accelerating the new film projects and new business ideas that will drive the Arab film industry forward over the coming year. The LAB’s guest speakers included Alaa Karkouti, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MAD Solutions, Frank Albers, Film Prize Program Officer at Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation, George David, Managing Director of Royal Film Commission - Jordan, Gianluca Chakra, Managing Director Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Hisham Al Ghanem, General Manager of Kuwait National Cinema, Jacques Kruger, General Manager of VOX Cinemas, Mohamed Hefzy, Founder and General Manager of Film Clinic, and Vincenzo Bugno, Manager of the World Cinema.
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Around 160 visitors including Arab producers, directors and journalists graced ACC’s stand by their presence at the JCC. Among the top names of the Arab film industry that stopped by the stand were Egyptian stars Nahed El Sebai, and Yosra El Lozy; producers Nahed Farid Shawky, and Mohamed El Adl; Egyptian stars Mahmoud Hemida, and Khaled Al Nabawy, along with the Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef.
The first and second issues of the magazine were picked by many at the ACC stand. The magazine was also sent to the hotel rooms of outstanding Arab celebrities including Syrian director Mohamed Malas, Tunisian director Ridha Behi, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, Egyptian director Khaled Youssef, Egyptian star Khaled El Nabawy, Tunisian film director and screenwriter Férid Boughedir, Egyptian star Mahmoud Hemida, and Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi.
Held at the Palais des Congrès, ACC and its partners attended two networking sessions within the events of the Carthage Film Festival, the Takmil Workshop and the Producers Network. Both events were intended to bring together the experts of the distribution and production sectors of the Arab and African film industry.
Under the umbrella of Arab Cinema Center (ACC), MAD Solutions offered its award to the winning projects Vent du Nord by Tunisian Director Walid Mattar and Jordanian Director Dina Naser's film Tiny Souls at the 3rd edition of the Takmil workshop, which was held within the 27th Carthage Film Festival (JCC). The award grants the film marketing and distribution services in the Arab world.
ACC and its partners were part of two exciting events hosted by the festival. The first was the TIFF Opening Party, held at the 3F Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt in Roppongi, where ACC and its partners made contact with the experts of the international film industry, particularly the Asian film industry, for future business partnerships. During the second event, the Special Night Event at the Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza, ACC and its partners acted as ambassadors of the Arab cinema in order to promote it among the industry gurus. The event comprehended a great speech about the history of the Tokyo International Film Festival and its success over the years.
For its first time in the Asian market, the first and second issues of the Arab Cinema Magazine were spread all over the market stands at TIFF. For being the first English-language publication of its kind specialized in Arab cinema, the Magazine helped the Arab cinema center with its aim and introduced the Arab cinema in an enjoyable way through its various fascinating topics.
Through its stand, Arab Cinema Center was introduced to the Asian market, and through its team, who approached was most of the exhibitors at the festival, the Arab film industry was very well-presented. That resulted in potential partnerships with some of the leading companies in the Asian film and entertainment industry. The discussions were about the possibility of distributing Arab films and TV series in Asia, and partnerships in providing audio production services for films, TV and radio commercials, and online content.
The Arab Cinema Magazine issues were placed on ACC’s stand at the Market Forum
Under the umbrella of the ACC, MAD Solutions offered its special award to the winning film project at the MAFF Market Forum (MMF) at the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden (1-3 October). Participating as part of the Doc Post Production Platform initiative, which is held on the margins of MMF, the MAD Solutions Award went to the documentary Tiny Souls by Jordanian director Dina Naser, which grants promotional and distribution services in the Arab world.
A networking session entitled "Meet the Arab and Nordic filmmakers” was held as part of ACC’s events at the festival organized by the MAFF Market Forum (MMF). The session was a co-production meet-up for producers and filmmakers from both regions who signed up to network looking for potential co-pro partners, not only that, but also for distribution, sales, or other partnerships.
Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, CEO of MAD Solutions, and Producer Hani Osama, the producer of the festival’s closing film Hepta: The Last Lecture, together with Andreas Rocksén from the Swedish production company Laika Film & Television convened to discuss the first MAFF Development Funding winner, Beauty and the Dogs. The panel’s moderator was the Forum Coordinator Camilla Larsson.
Being ACC’s media partner, Varity Magazine has included a number of articles in its TIFF Dailies focusing on Arab cinema and the Arab films selected at the festival, along with some ad pages for ACC and its partners. In its TIFF Day 2 issue, Variety has made a special full page highlighting the Jordanian film Blessed Benefit by Mahmoud al Massad that was an official selection at TIFF, listing its screening halls and times. The magazine also listed the screening times of the Tunisian film Foreign Body by Raja Amari. Two articles by Variety’s Nick Vivarelli were dedicated to Arab filmmakers and films entitled “Groundbreaking Slate of Genre Films Closes Gap in Gulf Cinema” and “Nasrallah Cooks Up New Wedding Comedy”. The Day 2 issue featured ad pages for ACC, and its partners MAD Solutions and the Carthage Film Festival (JCC).
The first and second issues of the Arab Cinema Magazine were displayed on the trade magazines rack at TIFF. The magazine is the first English-language publication of its kind specialized in Arab cinema and designed to address international film markets.
ACC was accompanied by two of its partners; Film Analyst and CEO of MAD Solutions, Alaa Karkouti, along with Jordanian Producer Rula Nasser, Founder of The Imaginarium Films.
Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, CEO of ACC’s partner MAD Solutions, along with producer Bassam Heggawy had a panel discussion on September 24, 2016, titled "Distribution Panel" at the 2nd Film and Television Careers Connection (FTCC) in Amman. The discussion was about film distribution in the Arab world.
ACC had successfully run its stand at the FTCC in Amman where it was visited by many of the film industry’s professionals and enthusiasts.
The festival witnessed the release of the second issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine; the first English-language publication of its kind specialized in Arab cinema and designed to address international film markets, shedding light on Arab cinema updates as well as prominent and up-and-coming Arab filmmaking potential and talents. In the coming lines, we have picked a few of the magazine’s many intriguing and surprising articles.
The article talks about how Arab countries react differently to Arab films touching on sensitive and serious matters in the Arab world like homosexuality, criticizing social, religious and political issues, or even the films that contain nude or sex scenes.
A list of lovely Arab actresses who became well-recognized at prestigious international film festivals, whether for winning awards or being jury members.
A number of interesting articles telling facts about Egypt and its cinema that you might have never known like Egyptian stars that played roles in Hollywood films, the last one on the list might be a jaw-dropper, Hollywood blockbusters that were shot in Egypt, besides some unexpected locations in Egypt that would be perfect for shooting films, and much more.
ACC and the Venice Production Bridge hosted the Venice Gap-Financing Cocktail Party on Saturday, September 3 at the Terrazza Biennale. The event was sponsored by ACC and Eurimages.
The panel discussion was held on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Spazio Incontri under the title “Film Development, Co-Production, and Distribution in Africa and the Middle East”. The panelists were ACC’s partners Alaa Karkouti, Film Analyst and CEO of MAD Solutions, and Paul Baboudjian, Owner of Tharwa Productions and Executive Director of Screen Institute Beirut, among other film experts including Martina Malacrida, Co-Artistic Director and Programme Manager of Ouaga Film Lab, a meeting platform between experts and young African talents for co-production opportunities, Elias Ribeiro, Founder of Realness, a screenwriters’ residency for a new generation of African cinema, and Raed Andoni, Co-founder of Future Logic, a new platform for the development of the Palestinian cinema. The panel was moderated by Alessandra Speciale.
For the second consecutive year under the umbrella of the ACC, MAD Solutions has offered its special award to the winning film project Obscure by Syrian Director Soudade Kaadan that was one of the participating films in the fourth round of the Venice Final Cut workshop at the Venice Film Festival. Last year, Iraqi director Hakar Abdel Kader's documentary film Separation won the MAD Solutions Award. The award offers promotional and distribution services for the winning film across the Arab world as part of the company's strategy to support the Arab film industry.
ACC’s media partner, Variety magazine, placed a full-page ad for Studio ZAT, one of ACC’s partners, in its Day 4 issue. Studio ZAT is a training studio that offers specialized workshops for amateur and professional actors delivered by Arab and international experts.
On Sunday 7 August, Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, Managing Partner of MAD Solutions and Co-founder of Arab Cinema Center (ACC), was part of the StepIn's panel discussion under the title 'Theaters Will Never Die' that highlighted the challenges faced by the independent theatres in the past few years, ways to adapt to the challenges of the market place and reinvent themselves and how to look at alternative and sustainable business models according to some initiatives launched in Canada, in the US and in Europe.
For the second year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has wrapped up a successful edition atthe Marché Du Film – Cannes Film Festival2016, the world’s most prestigious film festival. Here are some highlights from our biggest fest of the year!
Moving to a new stage in promoting Arab cinema, the ACC launched the first issue of its Arab Cinema Magazine; the first English-language publication of its kind specialized in Arab film industry to represent the industry locally, regionally and internationally. The magazine is a quarterly publication that will accompany the Center all the way through its worldwide tour. At Cannes 2016, the magazine was distributed at the ACC stand at the Palais, and, with the support of the Marché Du Film Press team, in press spots at the Palais des Festival and in the 4 major hotels: Majestic, Carlton, Martinez and JW Marriott.
Producer Mohamed Hefzy, founder of Film Clinic, topped Vivarelli’s list of the “Ten Names You Need to Know in the Arab Film Industry”. Vivarelli described Hefzy as Egypt’s most innovative indie producer. The list also included Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, CEO of MAD Solutions, in addition to Mahmoud Sabbagh, Director of groundbreaking Saudi romantic comedy Barakah Meets Barakah and Tunisian Producer Dora Bouchoucha, who has been selected by Arab Cinema Magazine within the list of 10 most influential Arab women in the film industry.
Film Critic Alissa Simon began his article about Director Mahmoud Sabbagh pointing out his new way in building up Saudi cinema industry. Although his feature film Barakah Meets Barakah landed as the first Saudi feature at the 66th Berlinale and received theEcumenical Jury Prize, within the Forum section, but one of the most important elements of the success of the film, from her point of view, is being entirely made in Saudi Arabia. Follow the link to read the full article:
in his article entitled “Not-So-Easy Access”, Nick Vivarelli wrote about Arab filmmakers are increasingly shifting toward making more accessible topics that can connect with larger audiences, both at home and abroad. At the beginning of the article, Vivarelli stressed on the opening film of Un Certain Regard section, Clash (Eshtebak) by Mohamed Diab, which received wild critical and audiences’ applause last Thursday.
“There is a new generation of Arab directors who understand that they have to make movies with a more universal appeal.Clash is very dramatic, but also funny.” says Eric Lagesse, one of the film producers alongsideMoez Masoud, Mohamed Hefzy
Photo for Houda Benyamina, Caméra d’or, Catherine Corsini & l’équipe de Divines © D. Charriau / Getty Images
Divines Wins Caméra d’Or Award at Cannes 2016 Moroccan film director Houda Benyamina won Cannes’s 2016 Caméra d’Or award for her first feature Divines.
Benelux, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Taiwan, China (VOD), Greece, Turkey, Colombia, and Brazil. Currently, negotiations are taking place to sell to Australia/NZ, Poland, Baltic States, UK and US.
Directed by Lebanese director Vatche Boulghourjian, TRAMONTANE was part of the 55th edition of LA SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE (12-20 May) at CANNES. The film is a joint production between About Productions and Rebus Film in collaboration with ART.
MAD Solutions has signed a co-distribution deal with ART where the two companies will jointly distribute the film across the Arab world. Directed by Saudi director/ actress Ahd, the film is her first feature film.
My Driver and I is a coming-of- age story about a Saudi girl growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, and her friendship with her driver.
MAD Solutions has announced the acquisition of the Arab distribution rights for the short film Submarine by Lebanese director and writer Mounia Akl. From among the 2,300 works submitted this year, Submarine was selected for the official competition at Cannes' Cinéfondation section to have its world premiere screening.
Odeh Films has announced its co-production of the new Palestinian feature film The Fearless Tigers by director Matthias Lebeer. The film is set to be filmed between Palestine and France. The film will be distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
After its announcement in Berlinale this year, Minaa VOD has officially gone live during Cannes Film Festival. Featuring a carefully curated content, the platform will be available for streaming for audiences in the Arab world further to international audiences (when rights are applicable). Creative documentaries range in topics and themes, and present an overall portray of what Minaa aims to achieve in terms of being an all-encompassing platform for all documentary genres. The Creative Documentary Platform (CDP) - Amman and MAD Solutions-Cairo founded Minaa as a Public-Engagement Distribution Scheme. The platform will collect and harbor Arabic creative documentaries and allow their online streaming via Minaa VOD.
MAD Solutions Starts Arab-European Co-production and Places Two Arab Stars in International Films: Dhafer L’ Abdine in South of Hope and Ahmad Al Fishawy in Sawah
On the margins of Cannes Film Festival, MoviePigs, the US-based SVOD platform, has announced the acquisition of two new films to its extensive library; I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced and Yallah! Underground.
Represented by its Founder and CEO Perihan Abou Zeid, MoviePigs has attended the festival as one of the Arab Cinema Center’s partners. MoviePigs is the first online cinema platform dedicated to Arab expats in the USA and Canada, exclusively streaming high-quality Arabic indie films with English subtitles. MoviePigs will also open doors for Arab cinema aficionados to connect with creative Arab filmmakers and will soon expand its services to include international indie films in the future.
TRAVEL WITH YOUR FILMS in which Arab partners met with some key film festivals around the world ARAB TECH FREAKS: with focus on the VOD platforms ARAB CHUTZPAH: where Arab Filmmakers who exist in the international market mingled with ACC partners LET'S MAKE MOVIES: where our producers met with key Arab producers and international producers
Scoring a milestone for Arab cinema presence at an Asian festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) landed a standout edition at the prestigious 20th Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), which witnessed several networking sessions opening co-production opportunities for the Center's partners with Asia's top professional filmmakers and key international auteurs.
Opening doors for potential Asian-Arab co-productions and filmmaking partnerships, the ACC delegations of partner producers/filmmakers included several names, such as; Perihan Abo Zeid (Movie Pigs), Ahmed Rasheed (Red Star) and Ahmad Al Fishawy (Crystal Dog and The Friends).
Joined by the festival's guests and filmmaking professionals, the Center held a cocktail reception where the ACC team, led by Siza Zayed, ACC Manager, presented the ACC partners and projects to the Asian and international filmmaking community at FILMART.
The center hosted a screening for the Egyptian film hit The Seventh Sense, which was stirred a wave of interest from potential co-producers for its upcoming sequel The Eighth Sense.
As part of the new strategy for 2016, which targets more than 20 international festivals and film markets, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) participated at the Qumra Industry Programme at Doha Film Institute (4-9 March). The programme is an initiative that seeks to provide mentorship, nurturing, and hands-on development for filmmakers from Qatar and around the world. Qumra Doha Film Institute also marks the first Arab platform to host ACC, since its debut by MAD Solutions in 2015.
Before Qumra's events proceed, Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, CEO of MAD Solutions, joined a roundtable session on Wednesday, March 9th, organized by Qumra to discuss promoting Arab cinema. Karkouti introduced ACC and its events during the session.
ACC was accompanied by several partners, including; producer Mohamed Hefzy (Fortress Film Clinic), Aya Al Blouchi (Seat 26), Paul Baboudjian (Tharwa Productions), Frank Albers (Robert Bosch Stiftung), and George David (Royal Film Commission in Jordan).
For the second time in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) wrapped up a successful edition at Berlinale. To know just what a great adventure it was, here are a few of our favorite things:
Throughout Berlinale, ACC hosted several networking sessions, where all of our partners mingled with the movers and shakers of contemporary cinema from across the globe, opening the doors for more cross-cultural collaborations with names such as: Bero Beye, Director of International Rotterdam Film Festival, Nadia Locarno, Artistic Director of Locarno Film Festival, Samr Al Marzooqi Manager Dubai Film Market, Dubai International Film Festival, Basil Khalil Award winning director of Ave Maria, Vincenzo Bugno project manager of the World Cinema Fund, and Marit Van Den Elshout CineMart Manager/Head of Industry
As part of a year-round partnership between ACC and Variety magazine, ACC hosted the Variety Arab Filmmaker of the Year Award. Emirati filmmaker, Majid Al Ansari, won the title this year, in a nod to his feature debut, Zinzana.
The launch of Minaa VOD platform. The Creative Documentary Platform (CDP)- Amman and MAD founded Minaa public-engagement distribution scheme. Minaa scheme is supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation- Amman, and Key technological contributor Striim.in- Finland, in collaboration with Ma3mal 612 Founder and Organizer of the Karama Human Rights Film Festival- Amman.
ACC highlighted the presence of HH Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi as a jury member at the international short film jury of Berlinale. The festival witnessed the participation of several Arab films, including the Tunisian film Inhebbek Hedi, by Mohamed Ben Attia, which landed the world premiere in the official competition.
I Productions releases teaser poster for Wedding Song and Mawlana
Three SVOD platforms within ACC: Movie Pigs, TV.AE and Minaa
Royal Film Commission signing of MOU with Taipei Film Commission promoting mutual collaboration in film training and screenings at Berlinale
Tharwa announces Five Days Grace film by Saleh Nas
Arab Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary
Fortress Film Clinic and MAD Solutions announced the acquisition of Arab world distribution rights for the Saudi film Barakah Meets Barakah by director Mahmoud Sabbagh
For the first time ever, Variety released a special supplement of 25 pages with Arab cinema news and ACC partners ads that was distributed in Day 3 of the festival dailies
ACC hosted an early-bird breakfast party at Acradiszaal at De Doelen. The event was attended by several key international figures and the festival guests.
Aya Al Blouchi, Lebanese/Qatari Producer and Founder of Seat 26
"I've learnt a lot and had great meetings for my projects. I am already excited for next year's festival with the hope that my films will make it. Rotterdam was a truly unique experience!"
Rami Alayan, Palestinian Producer, Palcine Productions
“It has been an honor and an incredible experience to be at the Rotterdam Producers' Lab and to attend CineMart as part of the Arab Cinema Center's delegation. It has been very enlightening to meet and learn from the experiences of fellow producers in the Arab world and around the world. It has also been extremely invaluable to meet domain experts from the industry and hear their perspectives on the latest trends in the film market."
Producer Rula Nasser, Founder of The Imaginarium Films
“The festival was a very good opportunity for networking, I would love to go next year!”
Egyptian Producer Saliee Waly, Chairperson of S Entertainment
“It was a great privilege going to IFFR for the first time, looking forward to future Arab Cinema Center festival tours."
Heralding a new parti-colored year for its ACC during 2016, MAD Solutions was part of a panel discussion at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
Hend Sabry, Tunisian Actress and Founder of Salam PROD “Rotterdam is one great destination if you want to watch truly original "Auteur" pieces. It is a big honor and recognition as a "serious" actress to be part of this year's jury.”
As part of one of the world's big-name cinematic hubs, Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), the 1st Arab Cinema Center (ACC) kicked off within the European Film Market (EFM), running from 5-15 February, 2015, at the festival's 65th edition. Part of its long-term strategy to back and promote Arab filmmaking industry in the Arab world, MAD Solutions is the organizer of this first Arab platform promoting Arab cinema industry at the heart of Berlinale.
Following a successful launching at Berlin International Film Festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) made its second step through the Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May, 2015). The center continued to provide new spaces for the Arab cinema through its venue in the Film Market of the festival (Le Marché du Film) which boasted 17 film companies and organizations from 8 Arab and European countries. MAD Solutions organized this Arab congregation in line with its long-term strategy to support and promote Arab filmmaking industry in the Arab world.
In the second edition of the ACC, 17 film companies and organizations participated and whose activities range from production, distribution to support and promotion of the Arab cinema: Film Clinic (Egypt), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), The Producers (Egypt, the UAE), Crystal Dog (Egypt), The International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva (Switzerland), The Friends (Egypt), Seat 26 (Lebanon), True Motion (Egypt), Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation (Germany), Cinema Akil (UAE), Silk Road Film Festival (Ireland), Luxor's African Film Festival's Etisal Fund (Egypt), Ministry of Interior's Cinema Awards (the UAE), Salam PROD (Egypt), Iraqi Independent Film Center (Iraq), Free TV (Egypt) and MAD Solutions (Egypt, the UAE).
After its successful launch this year at Berlin International Film Festival then Cannes Film Festival, MAD Solutions launched the 3rd edition of Arab Cinema Center within the 5th Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden (2 -6 October) in an effort to promote Arab cinema at one of the most prominent international film events.
The 3rd ACC has partnered with 10 organizations and companies involved with Arab films distribution, production, support, and promotion; Image Nation Abu Dhabi (UAE), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), Seat 26 (Lebanon), The Producers (Egypt, UAE), X-Rated (Egypt), Crystal Dog (Egypt/UAE), Middle West Films (Egypt), Friends (Egypt), Screen Institute Beirut (Lebanon), and MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE.)