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The 71th Cannes Film Festival witnessed a strong presence from the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) for the fourth year in a row!


Arab Cinema Magazine’s 8th Edition
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.
Second Annual Critics Awards
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.
Winners of the 2nd Annual Critics Awards:
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.
MEET & GREET
The ACC has invited all of its partners to be present at the ACC Stand for the program’s starter
Tripoli Film Festival Happy Hour
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.
Networking Sessions
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.
‘Producers on the Move’
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.
The Cannes 100
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.
Malaga Film Festival
Málaga Film Festival Opens Doors to Arab Films
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).
Beirut Cinema Platform
Sending a BCP Film to the Málaga Work In Progress
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.
68th Berlin International Film Festival
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!
The Arab Cinema Center Teaming Up with the Hollywood Reporter!
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 Arab Cinema Magazine is Finally Here!
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. ‎
Two projects Selected for the MAFF!
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.‎
Celebrating The Reports on Sarah and Saleem!
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.
The ACC’s Partners’ Activities
Eleven ACC’s Partners
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.
Robert Bosch Stiftung’s ‎Reception
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.
Partners’ Film Screenings at the EFM
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.
ACC’ Partners Happy Hours!
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. ‎
International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR
On the Rotterdam Lab Board, de Novo
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.
Its Third DIFF!
The Arab Cinema Center’s Doings at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival
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).
21 ACC Partners Attended 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).
A Glimpse of the ACC’s 2018 Plans
A Press Conference with Many Important Announcements!
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.
Discussions, Presentations, Prizes and More…
The Producers’ Presentation and The Big Binge Theory!
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.
Co-Producing for the International Market
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.
Money Talks: The State of Global Film Finance
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.
The Longest List of Arab Films Distributed by One Company at DIFF!
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.
Partners’ Productions Screened at DIFF
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.
A Ten Thousand Dollar Prize
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.
The Film Prize for International Cooperation
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.
A New Magazine and More Movie Theaters
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.
The ACC and Its Partners in the News!
CNN and Sky News
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).
Screen International Magazine: DIFF Dailies
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.
Variety Magazine
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
Sharp Magazine ME published an article about MAD Solutions acquiring the Arab world distribution rights to The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul film.
Emarat Al Youm Newspaper: DIFF Dailies
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.
Al Ittihad Newspaper: DIFF Dailies
In its Day 11 issue, the newspaper published an article about Mohamed Al Daradji’s new film The Journey.
Al Dostour and Al Bawaba Newspapers
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.

Thessaloniki International Film Festival
In November, ACC participated in the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, where the Center was featured in the official catalog of the festival.

Cape Town International Film 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.

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.

The ACC at the 65th San Sebastian 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.
The ACC at the 3rd Film and Television Careers Connection
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).
ACC’s Second Toronto International Film Festival
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.
A Reception that Rises to the Occasion!
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 Arab Cinema Magazine
The 6th issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine was distributed during the events of the prestigious 42nd Toronto Film Festival.
Supporting ACC’s Partners!
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.
ACC’s Partners at the Toronto International Film Festival!
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 at the 74th Venice International Film Festival
ACC’s Partners Gathered up at La Biennale di Venezia!
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 Arab Cinema Magazine at La Biennale di Venezia!
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 in Another Official Catalogue!
The ACC had a two-page ad inside the Venice’s industry catalogue this year.
An ACC’s Cocktail Reception
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.
There’s a New China of International Cinema in the Picture!
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.
And the MAD’s Award Goes to....
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.
ACC participated in the 70th Festival del film Locarno
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.
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) was launched for the very first time at the 13th Eurasia International Film Festival in Kazakhstan
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.
At The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
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.
The ACC’s Critics Awards Went to the Best Achievements in the Arab Film Industry!
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 ACC is Registered in Berlin
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

Arab Cinema Made Simple
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 Birthplace of Its First Issue
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.
Connecting Filmmakers…
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.
Opportunities in Emerging Global Markets: The New Gold Rush
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. Read More Back

A Rewarding Festival For Our Partners
Sheikh Jackson Brings iProductions, The Producers and Film Clinic Together
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 Read More Back
The RFC and MAD Solutions Launch a New Festival in Amman!
In collaboration with the ACC, the Royal Film Commission - Jordan and MAD Solutions have announced the dates of the 1st Amman International Film Festival - Awal Film to take place from Wednesday, June 20 until Monday, June 25, 2018. The new festival offers a different and innovative concept in the Arab World. ScreenDaily and Variety
Saba Mubarak is a Jury Member in Sweden!
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. Read More Back
Carthage Film Festival 2017 Is Full of Surprises
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. Read More Back
MAD Solutions Welcomes ‘The Guest’
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. Read More Back
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is Going Beyond Borders
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. Read More Back

Dubai Film Market Goes to Cannes
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.

At the Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon
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.
WIPO SCCR in Geneva
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.‎
First Time in Turkey! At the Istanbul Film Festival
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".‎
Honoring Independent Arab Filmmakers at the Beirut Cinema Days
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).
At the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)
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! ‎
At The International Film Festival Rotterdam
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. ‎

Puts a Cherry on Top of 2016 The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) Ends Its Year with the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
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!

Thirty of ACC’s Partners at One 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;

Three Partners and their Awards
Two Awards for Film Clinic’s Films
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.
ART Received an Award and Gave Another
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 MAD Films Won
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 Arab Cinema Magazine’s GREEN Issue Was Out!
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.
The Arab Cinema LAB’s Kickoff
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
Goodbye 2016 Welcome 2017

ACC at the 27th Carthage Film Festival (JCC)
Five Partners Attended

The ACC Stand Was Visited By Arab Celebrities
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 Arab Cinema Magazine Had A Blast
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.

Two Networking Sessions
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.

MAD Solutions Award at the Takmil Workshop
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 at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)
Wherever ACC Goes, Its Partners GO


Two Kickoff Events
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.

ACC’s Arab Cinema Magazine
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.

ACC Now Has Potential Business Partners in Asia
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.



ACC at the 6th Malmö Arab Film Festival
The ACC Partners Who Joined
The Magazine
The Arab Cinema Magazine issues were placed on ACC’s stand at the Market Forum

MAD Solutions Award
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 Meeting Point for Arabs and Nordics
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.

ACC’s Partners Were Part of a Panel Discussion
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.


Film Clinic’s Clash Case Study
After scoring a groundbreaking box-office success in Egyptian theatres, winning the raves of critics, filmmakers and the super star Tom Hanks, Egyptian film Clash, produced by Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic), had an analytical case study presentation at the Malmo Festival to give interesting details about the film.

ACC at the 41st TIFF
Variety Magazine’s TIFF Dailies
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).

Arab Cinema Magazine Was There Too!
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.


Some Partners Flew to Toronto with ACC
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.
ACC at the 2nd FTCC
The Distribution Panel
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’s Stand
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.
What Did ACC do at the 73rd Venice Film Festival?
The Arab Cinema Magazine’s 2nd Issue Was Launched
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.
A Secret Roadmap to Arabic Taboo-logy
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.
10 Arab Actresses who Stole the Spotlight in International Film Festivals
A list of lovely Arab actresses who became well-recognized at prestigious international film festivals, whether for winning awards or being jury members.
So You Think You Know Egypt?
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 Hosted a Cocktail Evening Reception!
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.

Two of ACC’s Partners joined an Interesting Panel Discussion
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.

ACC’s Partners Who Made it to the Festival

The MAD Solutions Award Was Given Out
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.
Variety’s Venice Film Festival Dailies
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.
ACC Cannes Film Festival Round up!
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!

The Launch of the Center’s Arab Cinema Magazine
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............ 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.
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Ten Names You Need to Know in the Arab Film Industry
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.

http://variety.com/2016/film/spotlight/ten-names-you-need-to-know-in-the-arab-film-industry-1201772933/

Director Mahmoud Sabbagh and the Saudi 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:

http://variety.com/2016/film/spotlight/mahmoud-sabbagh-challenges-facing-saudi-filmmakers-1201772979/

Clash Receives a Thunderous Applause
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

http://variety.com/2016/film/awards/arab-filmmakers-strive-wider-audience-reach-local-foreign-fronts-1201771953/

ACC Ad. in Cannes Pocket Guide
Arab Cinema Celebration! Mabrook!
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.


ACC Partners Making Deals at Cannes!
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.

ART co-production TRAMONTANE at Cannes
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.
Photo from Ahd’s interview in Variety, Day 3 Arab Cinema Supplement
My Driver and I
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.


Submarine
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.

The Fearless Tiger
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.

Minaa Launch
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
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

Movie Pigs
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.

Film Clinic produces
an Arab version for
Alice in Wonderland

Networking sessions
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


Arab Cinema Center Wraps up a Successful Edition at Hong Kong International Film & TV Market "FILMART"

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).

ACC Brings Focus to Arab Cinema at Berlinale 2016
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:
Networking sessions
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... 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 Read More

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ACC Event Highlights
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... 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.

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ACC News
I Productions releases teaser poster for Wedding Song and Mawlana

Three SVOD platforms within ACC:....
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

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ACC Variety Supplement
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 Making Headlines in International Press and EFM website


ACC Branding all over EFM

Digital Ad. Photo

ACC at the EFM Marriott Stairs

ACC Guide in the stand and the wall

ACC Ad. in EFM Catalog


ACC news in the festival dailies


ACC Breakfast
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.
A Hive of Activity for Arab Producers
Rotterdam Lab
Aya Al Blouchi, Lebanese/Qatari Producer and Founder of Seat 26 ...
Rotterdam Lab
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."
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ACC Partners
Producer Rula Nasser, Founder of The Imaginarium Films
“The festival was a very good opportunity for networking, I would love to go next year!”...
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."
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A MAD Roar at the Tiger Pro Debate
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 Jury Member
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.

The ACC was featured the participation of 11 Arab organizations and film production companies namely; Film Clinic (Egypt), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), The Producers (Egypt), Screen Institute Beirut (SIB) (Lebanon), Middle West Films (Egypt), Emirati Cinema Campaign (the UAE), X-Rated (Egypt), Malmo Arab Film Festival (Sweden), Crystal Dog (Egypt), Arab Cinema in Sweden and MAD Solutions (Egypt and the UAE).
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.)