Arab Cinema Center has organised a panel discussion titled 'The New Finance of the Arab World' as part of its activities at the film festival.
Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has launched its activities at the 78th Venice International Film Festival for the sixth consecutive year, accompanied by 10 of its partner institutions, companies and festivals.
Partners who will join ACC at the Venice International Film Festival include Arab Radio & Television (Saudi Arabia), Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt), El Gouna Film Festival (Egypt), Film Clinic (Egypt), Gemini Africa (Egypt), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE), Rotana Group (Saudi Arabia, Egypt) and The Royal Film Commission (Jordan).
Four Arab films will be part of this festival including, Amira, by director Mohamed Diab, which will compete within the Orizzonti competition. The film is produced by Film Clinic, in association with The Imaginarium Films, and distributed by MAD Solutions and Lagoonie Film Production. Also, Costa Brava, by director Mounia Akl, will compete within the Orizzonti Extra section and two films will be shown as out-of-competition screenings, including Republic of Silence, by Diana El Jeiroudi, and Don’t Get too Comfortable by Shaima Al Tamimi.
On the sidelines of the Final Cut in Venice workshop, MAD Solutions will grant its special award, which comprises promotional and distribution services in the Arab world, to one of the Arab films participating in the festival. Also, El Gouna Film Festival will present a cash award worth $5,000 within the workshop, in addition to an invitation for the winning project to participate in CineGouna Platform.
As part of its activities at the Venice International Film Festival, Arab Cinema Center (ACC) organises a panel discussion titled The New Finance of the Arab World. The discussion will be attended by a group of significant names within the international cinema industry to explore the most important directions and ways of film funding in the Arab world.
Taking place on September 6, the discussion will feature Wayne Borg, Managing Director at Neom, Stephen Strachan, Film Commissioner at Film AlUla, Assem Ramadan, Director of Operations at Rotana Group, Mohannad Al-Bakry, Managing Director at Royal Film Commission- Jordan, Rula Nasser, Founder of The Imaginarium Films, Adly Thoma, and Chairman & CEO of Gemini Africa. In addition, Alaa Karkouti, Managing Partner of Arab Cinema Center and MAD Solutions, will moderate the discussion.
The panel will be followed by a reception for Gemini Africa, in collaboration with the Arab Cinema Center, through which updates on the film activity of Gemini Africa will be announced.
The Arab Cinema Center will reveal its latest edition of the Arab Cinema Magazine, which features the 101 Most Influential Personalities in the Arab Film Industry, the Arab films participating in the world’s most prominent festivals and an overview of the activities of the Arab film industry since the Covid-19 outbreak.