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Sherif El Bendary, Koutaiba Al-Janabi share top $20,000 Cairo Film Connection award

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) co-production platform event meted out $100,000 worth of prizes.

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Revamped Marrakech film festival announces line-up, jury, honorary awards

Festival to kick off with Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate. 


'Freedom Fields' to open the sixth edition of Qatar’s Ajyal Film Festival

Jafar Panahi’s 3 Faces and Guillaume Senez’s Our Struggles are also screening.


Anthony Russo talks under the radar Arabic-language thriller 'Mosul' (exclusive)

Endeavor Content reporting buyer interest on AFM project.


Russo brothers in post on AFM-bound ISIS film 'Mosul'

Feature shot in secret in Morocco last spring.

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Khashoggi crisis puts Hollywood flirtation with Saudi Arabia on ice

’The party’s over after it barely began.’

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Together Films takes UK rights to female Shari'a lawmaker doc 'The Judge'

The film offers insight into the systems of the Shari’a court.

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Netflix picks up Hebrew-language series 'When Heroes Fly' from Keshet International

Subtitled 10-episode series to launch globally in early 2019.

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Former Dubai film festival managing director launches new venture

Shivani Pandya Malhotra joins forces with Emirati filmmaker in marketing and consultancy venture.

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Haifa Film Festival warns against "silencing of voices" following funding threat

Festival responds to Israeli culture minister demand that state funds be re-examined over line-up.


Strand Releasing acquires Egyptian Oscar submission 'Yomeddine'

Cannes selection won Francois Chalais Prize on the Croisette Cannes in recognition of life-affirming story.


Netflix swoops on TIFF selection 'Lionheart'

Genevieve Nnaji makes directorial debut.

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Haifa Film Festival 2018 to open with 'The Other Story', close with 'First Man'

The festival programme includes a tribute to director Agnès Varda.


Amazon's Oscar Pistorius docuseries includes family interviews, footage

Director Vaughan Sivell spent three years making the 4 x 60’ documentary, and collected more than 2,000 hours of footage.


Venice title 'The Day I Lost My Shadow' gets sales deal, first trailer revealed (exclusive)

French sales agent Stray Dogs has taken international rights on the film.

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Netflix’s first Arabic language original series 'Jinn' starts shooting

‘Jinn’ follows a group of Arab teenagers as a supernatural force enters their world.

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Haifa Film Festival unveils programme featuring 77 Israeli titles

The competition sections will showcase 72 new Israeli works.

1945 director receives best foreign film award from Michael Moore at Traverse City Film Festival

Menemsha Films targets fifth $1m Jewish-themed hit with '1945' (exclusive)

Wartime drama wins best foreign film at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.

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'The Dive', 'Red Cow' share best Israeli feature award at Jerusalem Film Festival

Best Israeli documentary went to ‘Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life’.

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First image of Boaz Armoni's 'The Electrifiers' (exclusive)

The film follows a group of washed-up pop musicians trying to stage a comeback.