The forum will bring together filmmakers, media professionals, industry experts, and solution providers from both local and international backgrounds.
The META Cinema Forum, the prominent cinema convention dedicated to emerging markets, is gearing up for its sixth edition, set to take place on November 7-8, 2023, at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai.
Over the years, the META Cinema Forum has grown into a pivotal gathering for leaders in the cinema industry, expanding its reach to include a wider range of regions, projects, and partnerships. It has established itself as the primary platform for the exchange of ideas, strategies, and innovations that are shaping the cinema sector across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the CIS region.
The forum will feature a comprehensive programme, including a convention and tradeshow, conference sessions, product presentations, special screenings, workshops, masterclasses, a Black Tie Awards Ceremony, a networking reception, meeting areas, and breakout sessions focusing on content and cinema construction.
Speaking about the convention, Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Mind Events Management said: “As we celebrate the sixth edition of the META Cinema Forum, I am proud it has evolved into something truly remarkable. This year’s META Cinema Forum reiterates Dubai’s position as a global entertainment hub as the forum started as a regional gathering and evolved into becoming the heartbeat of the global cinema sector. We are thrilled to welcome a diverse array of cinema stakeholders from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the CIS region, along with studios and solution providers from around the world.”
She added: “The META Cinema Forum is not just a convention; it’s a dynamic platform where connections are forged, ideas are sparked, and the future of cinema unfolds. It’s a testament to the growing importance of emerging markets in the cinematic landscape. We look forward to another exciting edition and to seeing you there.”
The theme for the 2023 edition is “Growing the Region’s Cinema Share,” reflecting the forum’s commitment to promoting growth and innovation in the industry, and providing insights and strategies for industry growth. Discussions, presentations, and workshops will revolve around industry challenges, solutions, and the current market situation.
Sanjay Patney, Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Majid Al Futtaim Entertainment, stated: “As a long-standing supporter of the regional cinema industry, Vox Cinemas is proud to sponsor the META Cinema Forum once again. Events such as this provide a dynamic platform for industry stakeholders to come together, be inspired and exchange ideas, which is essential for the continued growth and innovation of the cinema industry.”
The topics covered will include Regional Content Production and International Collaboration, Cinemas of the Future, emerging cinema trends and technologies, along with key cinema statistics and case studies on Rewarding Patrons and Effective Pricing Strategies.
On the second day, there will be panel discussions on successful movie marketing in the region and on ‘Elevating the Experiential Elements of Cinemas.’ Leaders in cinema design, technology, and hospitality will discuss strategies for enhancing the cinema-going experience.
The META Cinema Awards and Gala Reception will be a night of celebration, recognising outstanding achievements in the cinema industry. Organised by GM Events, the META Cinema Forum promises a two-day immersion in invaluable knowledge, networking opportunities, and a glimpse into the future of cinema.
Organised by Great Minds Event Management, the forum aims to position Dubai as a thriving hub for filmmakers and creative minds to converge, exchange insights, and showcase their own and their fellow artists’ works.