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Cherie Blair signs on as executive producer for Jerusalem-set drama 'The Rock Pile'

English-language drama revolves around three boys from different sides of the conflict united by football.

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Venice drama 'A Tramway In Jerusalem' lands at Film Movement (exclusive)

Cross-city transport unties people from different faiths, backgrounds.


'Advocate' scoops top prize at Docaviv

Chronicle of Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel eligible for Oscars.

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Screen's Arab Stars of Tomorrow moves to Cairo Film Festival for third edition

The showcase celebrates Arab talent and highlights rising actors and filmmakers from the region.

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Japan's Toei pacts with Saudi Manga Productions on 'The Journey' (exclusive)

The feature-length animation is an epic tale drawn from Saudi folklore.


The Doha Film Institute unveils spring grants

A total of 31 projects from 28 countries have received DFI support, including two Yemeni films for the first time.

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Anonymous, Film Constellation team with Euro partners for Arab Spring drama (exclusive)

French-Moroccan actor Kamel Labroudi to star as Tunisian street vendor who took his own life as a protest.

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Ethiopian director Yared Zeleke plots 'Sunbirds' (exclusive)

`Zeleke’s drama Lamb premiered in Un Certain Regard in 2015.

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Imax to expand in Saudi Arabia despite moral controversies

“The market potential in Saudi Arabia is enormous.”


Top Gulf companies team up for 'game-changing' film and TV partnership

Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Majid Al Futtaim and MBC Studios have announced a new alliance.


'The Golem' directors working on WWII true story drama 'Plan A' (exclusive)

Germany’s Global Screen has international rights.

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Rocket Science, Front Row pact to form Dubai-based production venture YALLA YALLA

Former WIld Bunch exec Rita Dagher joins company as a creative producer.

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'Capernaum', 'Yomeddine' lead Arab cinema Critics Awards nominations

Nadine Labaki and A.B. Shawky’s films gained three nods each.

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Autlook boards SXSW prize-winning doc 'For Sama' (exclusive)

26-year-old Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab’s film has been picked up by Vienna and LA-based Autlook Filmsales.

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Lisa Shiloach-Uzrad named CEO of Israel Film Fund, replaces Katriel Schory

Outgoing incumbent Katriel Schory will attend Cannes with Shiloach-Uzrad.

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AMC, exhibitors continue expansion plans in Saudi Arabia

IPic Entertainment plans to build between 25 and 30 locations throughout kingdom.

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Docaviv 2019 announces 15 titles for Israeli Competition

Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin’s ’Picture Of His Life’ opens the event.


Saudi Arabia launches Red Sea International Film Festival

Event to focus on emerging Arab world talent, international storytelling trends.