Busy week for Arab Cinema Center at the first Red Sea International Film Festival

Busy week for Arab Cinema Center at the first Red Sea International Film Festival
06 December 2021:

Arab Cinema Center (ACC) continues its tours of international film festivals, and sets off at the first Edition of Red Sea International Film Festival, with  awards for film projects, discussion  panels, launching the latest edition of Arab Cinema Magazine, and many more activities.

 Meet the Partners of Arab Cinema Center (ACC) in Red Sea International Film Festival (Alphabetical order):

Arab Radio And Television Network - ART (Saudi Arabia), Beirut DC (Lebanon), Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt), Film Clinic (Egypt), Greener Screen  (UAE), Iraqi Cinema (Iraq), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE), Malmo Arab Film Festival (SWEDEN), MISR International Films (Egypt), Pan East Media (Jordan), Rotana (Saudi Arabia, Egypt), Rowad Media (KSA), Sudan Film Factory (Sudan), Sudan Independent Film Festival (Sudan), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), The Royal Film Commission of Jordan (Jordan), Tripoli Film Festival (Lebanon).

Part of the film market activities of the Red Sea SOUK, (ACC) and two partners will present four awards to film projects that joined Red Sea SOUK events. The (ACC) award is an invitation to the producers of one of the projects to join the upcoming edition of the Rotterdam Lab, at Rotterdam International Film Festival.

The Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) will offer distribution rights throughout the Arab world to two projects, the first worth USD 50,000 to a Saudi project in development or production phase, and the second worth USD 50,000 to a non-Saudi project in development or production phase. 

Moreover, MAD Solutions will provide a distribution grant with a minimum guarantee of USD 50,000 for an Arab project in development, production, or completion phase.


 The extensive discussions addressing professional film-makers, include a session titled “Meet with Distributors and Sales Agents,” scheduled for December 9th. The participants include: Afnan Sarraj (Arab Radio and Television - ART), Jessica Khoury (Film Clinic for independent film distribution), and Ahmed Sobky (Misr International Films). 

On the other hand, Elias Khlat (Tripoli Film Festival), Mouhamad Keblawi (Malmö Arab Film Festival), and Chadi Zeneddine (Cairo International Film Festival) will participate in a session titled, “Meet With Film Festivals, Labs & Markets.”

During the Talent Days, MAD celebrity shall have its own stand (Dec. 11-13) where it will showcase its latest activities. Talent Days will also include Talal Afifi (Sudan Film Factory), who will participate in a seminar titled, “Art House and International Cinema,” on December 12 at 2:30 pm.

 Among the ACC partners participating in Red Sea Festival seminars are Bassam Alasad (Greener Screen) and Jad Abi-Khalil (Beirut DC). They will participate in the “Sustainable Media Production,” symposium on December 9 at 10 am. Concurrently, Abi-Khalil will take part in the symposium “Capacity Building in the Arab World,” which begins at 12 p.m.

Film analyst Alaa Karkouti (Arab Cinema Center - MAD Solutions) will participate in a seminar entitled, “Arab Distribution Panorama,” which takes place on December 10, at 12:30 pm.

As part of the festival's activities, Arab Cinema Center releases an updated version of the latest edition of Arab Cinema Magazine, which focuses on Arab films in international film festivals. The magazine also provides a thorough analysis of the status quo of Arab Cinema during the past two years.

Arab Cinema Center (ACC), founded in 2015 by MAD Solutions, is a non-profit organization incorporated in Amsterdam. ACC provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands,pavilions, networking sessions, one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, and meetings with international organizations and festivals. The activities include issuing and distribution of the latest issue of Arab Cinema Magazine

Furthermore, a newsletter subscription is now available on ACC's website, allowing  access to digital copies of Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.

Arab Cinema Center launched the Arab Cinema Directory, in English. This online directory found on the ACC website, beholds a comprehensive information on latest fund calls for cinema, a directory for all Arab Films and projects, a guide of film festivals as well as film institutions catering for Arab films.