Middle East & Africa news



Jihan El-Tahri appointed director of Arab documentary agency DOX BOX

Berlin-based organisation nurtures sustainable documentary scene across the Arab world.


Adolf El Assal lines up hi-jinks comedy 'Sawah' (exclusive)

Stars Karim Kassem as Cairo-based DJ Samir.

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Alice Rohrwacher, Eugenio Caballero join Doha’s Qumra masters programme

They join the previously announced Agnès Varda, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Pawel Pawlikowski.

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African film industry rising but facing revenue issues says EFM panel

“None of the seven features we’ve made have been profitable.”

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M-Appeal sells 'The Third Wife' to 23 Arabic-speaking territories (exclusive)

Includes Saudi Arabia, which opened first cinemas in 35 years last year.

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Screen International appoints Louise Tutt, Melanie Goodfellow to senior roles

Ben Dalton moves from editorial assistant to reporter.

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Middle East distributor Front Row appoints new COO in expansion drive

Dubai-based company will release its first slate of in-house developed Arabic content this year.


George David resigns as managing director of the Royal Film Commission Jordan

His departure comes amid a busy time for Jordan as a shooting location.

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Doha supports upcoming films by Mounia Akl, Scandar Copti and Bassel Ghandour

Qatar gives grants to TV and two web series for the first time.

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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.