Egypt’s Zawya Cinema is expanding outside Cairo to other Egyptian cities as it taps into the country’s small but growing audience for arthouse films.
Abu Dhabi film company Image Nation gave a sneak peak of Emirati director Ali Mostafa’s upcoming feature The Worthy, set in a dystopian future in chaos following a chronic water shortage, at DIFF on Sunday.
Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir’s Nazareth-set dark comedy Wajib scooped the top prize at DIFF’s co-financing event the Dubai Film Connection on Sunday.
Netflix is hoping to produce a scripted series set in the Middle East as the streaming giant gears up to launch across the region next year, said content chief Ted Sarandos in a live link-up to the Dubai Film Market (DFM).
Award-winning British filmmaker Sean McAllister, whose documentary feature A Syrian Love Story plays here at the Dubai International Film Festival, is working on a story about the UK housing crisis.
Jordanian producer Rula Nasser has boarded Egyptian filmmaker Kasem Kharsa’s feature debut Shelter.
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The DFM’s fledgling Dubai Distribution Programme (DDP), aimed at supporting the theatrical release of Arabic-language cinema, has been restructured to include more local distributors as well as companies from outside the region.
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and regional exhibitor VOX Cinemas have co-acquired Lebanese thriller Very Big Shot (Kteer Kbeer) for a Gulf release.
Former Doha Film Institute director of film financing Paul Miller and development producer Stephen Strachan are launching Abu Dhabi-based company, The Film Bureau, aimed at supporting the development and financing of projects by Gulf region directors.
Palestinian producers have teamed up to create a new platform to represent their national cinema at market and festivals, which has its first outing at the Dubai Film Market.
Iran could become a major market for the US studios, surpassing even the UAE, if sanctions are lifted as planned under a long-negotiated nuclear deal between the country and major world powers, according to 20th Century Fox executive vice president, EMEA, Paul Higginson.
Indian producer-distributor Drishyam Films is in pre-production on its first Arabic-language project, Triangle, to be directed by Iranian filmmaker Shahram Alidi.
MAD Solutions’ Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is expanding its activity in 2016 by attending 15 international film festivals and markets to promote Arab cinema.
Dubai-based investment fund Fortress Film Clinic has boarded Zombie Gozombie, Egypt’s first zombie comedy, which is set to be directed by award-winning filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla.
Egyptian producer Mohamed Samir has boarded compatriot film-maker Hala Lotfy’s Cairo-set drama The Bridge, ahead of its presentation at the Dubai Film Connection co-financing event, which kicks off today (Dec 11).
Layla Kaylif’s The Letter Writer was awarded the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award at a ceremony at the One & Only Mirage in Dubai on Thursday night.
Dubai festival opens with Room and anti-extremist message.
Arab filmmakers hoping to unlock the vast reservoir of regional money need to equip themselves with proper business plans that explain their projects’ audience appeal and how financiers should hope to make their money back.
Lebanese film-maker Noura Kevorkian has wrapped shooting on her feature-length documentary Batata capturing the lives of Syrian migrant potato pickers turned refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
Spotlight, Truth and Concussion are also among the festival’s programme.
The Dubai International Film Festival has unveiled the first seven selections for its Muhr feature film competition, which will in total include 18 films from across the Arab world.
Qatari director Khalifa Al Muraikhi, Saudi filmmaker Shahad Ameen and Emirati director Layla Kaylif have been shortlisted for the IWC Filmmaker Award at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
The UAE is fast becoming one of the most popular shooting destinations in the Middle East.
The Turkish-French director says the production of her debut feature Mustang is itself a tale of female emancipation.
Burying his father in Algeria prompted the French-Algerian director to make a documentary film that explores his own identity.
The Emirati director talks about his feature documentary on the importance of water and date palms to life in Dubai.
Nightmarish thriller Blind Sun, the debut film by the Lebanon-born director, is one of the festival hits of the year.
The director talks about his ‘kick-ass’ thriller Rattle The Cage (Zinzana), which screens in Dubai’s Muhr Emirati competition
The film-maker who hails from Jordan and Palestine talks about his debut feature, road movie The Curve.
The Danish-Palestinian film-maker was inspired by dark days — with echoes of the Dogme movement — for his latest film Al Medina.
The prize-winning director talks about why he was unable to resist making The Idol, the story of the Palestinian winner of Arab Idol
DIFF has assembled an eclectic group of international film-makers to take a seat on the festival juries, Screen meets Deepa Mehta [pictured], Nujoom Alganem, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Ali F Mostafa and Kim Magnusson.
Larry Yang talks about how he adapted a rural Chinese story set in the 1980s for contemporary audiences in China and overseas.
London-based director Anu Menon talks about her second feature Waiting, which is receiving its world premiere in Dubai
The film-maker says he wanted to make a film about the ‘hidden gem’ of the Middle East, but then events made Syria anything but.
The Lebanese director explains why a very personal film about her father’s illness is a metaphor for the state of her homeland.
Dubai Film Connection is dominated by intimate, character-driven tales from voices that are often ignored or marginalised, DFC artistic director Jane Williams says.
This year’s Dubai International Film Festival is a celebration of film-making from throughout the region as well as an important showcase for new projects.
Dir/scr. Hala Khalil. Egypt, 2014, 122 mins,
Dir/scr: Noura Kevorkian. UAE, Canada, Lebanon, 2015, 78 mins.
Dir. Anu Menon. India, 2015, 92 mins.
Dir. Mohamed Khan. Egypt, 2015. 90 mins.
Dir. Majid Al Ansari. UAE/Jordan, 2015, 95 mins.
Dir. Halkawt Mustafa. Iraq/Norway/UAE, 2015, 97 mins
Dir: Danielle Arbid. Fr. 2015. 119mins