A new report from PwC highlights how online platforms are starting to fill the huge demand for youth-oriented Arabic content that is not being met by the traditional film and TV industries across the Middle East.
Sherif Elbendary’s Dry Hot Summers and Dalia Al-Kury’s Possessed By Djinn are among the projects currently being produced with support from Robert Bosch Stiftung, which aims to build bridges between Germany and the Arab world.
Maysoon Pachachi’s Nothing Doing In Baghdad is set to start shooting in February after securing three European co-producers and funding from Visions Sud Est and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).
EXCLUSIVE: Pan-Arab distributor MAD Solutions will handle distribution in the Arab world for Saudi filmmaker Ahd’s Sandfish, which will be the first production from Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based Tharwa Productions.
A total of 17 films supported by Dubai’s Enjaaz programme are screening at this year’s edition of the festival, including Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins and Mohammed Rashed Buali’s The Sleeping Tree , which are both receiving gala screenings.
This year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) got underway with two lavish parties – the opening at Madinat Jumeirah and the IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the One Only Royal Mirage on the following night.
Oslo-based Hisham Zaman tells Liz Shackleton how he managed to pull together his second feature, Letter To The King, while developing his debut Before Snowfall, and how he won the Dragon award at Goteborg film festival two years in a row.
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