The ACC's third Malmo Arab Film Festival
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.