FilmLab: Palestine revealed that Abdallah Al Shami, Managing Partner and GCC Representative at MAD Solutions, will serve as a jury member of the Sunbird Production Competition held as part of the 5th Palestine Cinema Days (October 17-23).
MAD Solutions will also offer its marketing and distribution award to one of the short film projects participating in the festival.
The award offered by MAD Solutions comes as part of its strategy to support the Arab film industry through its different production stages internationally and regionally and to promote them on the long run. In addition to its award at the Sunbird Production Competition, MAD Solutions previously offered similar awards at the Open Doors initiative held as part of the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, the Final Cut in Venice workshop of the Venice International Film Festival, the MAFF Market Forum (MMF) of the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, and the Festival National du Film Professional Meetings in Tangier, Morocco.
Palestine Cinema Days is the only international film festival of its kind in Palestine. Held in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza, Bethlehem and Nablus, the festival is dedicated to presenting strong, independent and diverse cinematic voices from around the world. In its fifth edition, Palestine Cinema Days supports the local and international film culture in Palestine, with a special focus on creating and strengthening a local film industry.
In 2014, Filmlab: Palestine was founded as a non-profit organization with a vision to build a productive and dynamic film industry in Palestine by providing the ideal space for filmmakers to convene, evoke learning, exchange experiences, inspire one another, and produce film art, while exposing viewers to a diverse repertoire of films.