META Cinema Forum brings cinema stakeholders from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, CIS Countries and Turkey to address the demand for theatre facilities and shortage of films in certain markets while the overall industry shows strong growth in the MEA region.
The next edition of the META Cinema Forum, which will be held from October 25 to 26, 2022, at the Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, will address the demand-supply mismatch in film content and theatre facilities across the Middle East and Africa.
Cinema industry stakeholders from Turkey, Asia and CIS countries will join the META Cinema Forum which is in its fifth year. More than 60 suppliers will display the latest products and services that boosts the moviegoer experience. The two-day conference will be followed by a three-day META Film Fest that will screen over 40 shortlisted full feature films, documentaries, and short films along with premieres of highly anticipated releases of 2022 at the Vox Cinemas at the Nakheel Mall.
Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Mind Events Management, said: “META Cinema Forum has become an international platform for the global cinema industry community to build partnerships and bridge the content gap, in addition, to discuss ways to expand the cinema chains into emerging markets.”
META Cinema Forum also complements the development of the creative economy whose contribution could make a significant impact in the Middle Eastern and African countries. It will boost the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy that aims to transform the emirate of Dubai into an international destination for creativity and the capital of the creative economy by 2025.
A recent report, The Future of the Creative Economy, by Deloitte, shows that the creative industry employed nearly 20m people in nine countries researched by Deloitte.
“The nature of the creative economy will continue to change and specific businesses and sectors will thrive or decline. New sectors could emerge entirely. However, we can be optimistic that the creative economy as a whole is likely to grow over time,” Deloitte said in its research paper.
The Dubai Creative Economy Strategy aims to double the contribution of the creative industries to the GDP of Dubai from 2.% in 2020 to 5% by 2025. It also seeks to more than double the number of Dubai-based creative companies from 8,300 in 2020 to 15,000 by 2025, and more than double the number of creators based in the emirate, from 70,000 in 2020 to 140,000 by 2025.