While launching its intensive activities at the Cannes Film Festival for the seventh year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) released a new issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine. The 14th edition of the magazine covers the latest updates in the Arab Cinema, shedding the light on the most influential personalities in the industry during the last year.
The new edition showcases the 101 Most Influential Personalities in the Arab Film Industry, which includes personalities, representing themselves or institutes they belong to, selected according to the most influencing in the Arab film industry during the past 12 months.
In his introductory statement to the new issue, Film expert Colin Brown, Managing Partner and Director of International Operations at MAD Solutions, and the magazine’s Editorial Director, said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change. There is no more perfect example of this than the Arab entertainment industry whose survival skills and deep reservoirs of resilience have been on full display during the 18 months since our last Arab Cinema Magazine was published to coincide with Berlinale 2020”
Maher Diab, Art Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), says, “Behind this significant development that the Arab cinema industry has been witnessing during the last year are some personalities who deserve our appreciation. This is what the new issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine is presenting, through the 101 Most Influential Personalities in the Arab Film Industry”
The new issue sheds the light on the Arab presence at the Cannes Film Festival. It also includes a guide to the situation of the Arab cinema industry within the pandemic the entire world is witnessing, with a reference to the Arab festivals that were held virtually or physically. Moreover, the new edition also covers the Arab digital platforms, the Arab productions screened on international platforms, the box office in the Arab world, and the co-production that represents the core of the Arab cinema industry.
The 14th Arab Cinema Magazine a Arab Cinema Magazine also dedicated a section to the 5th Critics Awards for Arab Films, which are granted to the best Arab film productions every year, and the Achievement Award for Film Critics, through which the ACC honors the most influential critics in the Arab Cinema.
Organized by MAD Solutions in 2015, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is a nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam. The ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. The ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands, and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.
Furthermore, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the 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.
The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions.