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First animation feature entirely made in Iran launching at Annecy (exclusive)

Iranian animation studio Hoorakhsh will present first project ‘The Last Fiction’.

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Shekhar Kapur to direct biopic about UAE founding father

‘This project will tell the story of a dynamic, powerful personality who helped create historic change.’

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Five projects selected for 2018 African screenwriting residency Realness

Five titles from six filmmakers were chosen from more than 130 entries.

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Israel's Docaviv film festival announces 2018 winners

Simon Lereng Wilmont’s ‘The Distant Barking Of Dogs’ took the award for best international film.

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What next for the Arab film festival circuit, following Dubai's demise?

Arab cinema professionals are asking whether another Arab film festival can fill the void left by the closure of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

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New Arab Film Festival to launch in Paris this June (exclusive)

The first edition will be presided over by Palestinian actress and director Hiam Abbass

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Versatile, XYZ board Can Evrenol's 'Girl With No Mouth' (exclusive)

The project was pitched at the proof of concept presentation of the Frontières Platform.

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Palestine presence on the rise at Cannes Film Festival

Their filmmaking community has the first-ever official pavilion at the event, sponsored by the Palestinian Ministry of Culture.

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'Mary Magdalene' screenwriter Goslett to adapt 'Himalaya' for Pulse, Film4 (exclusive)

The project is based on Antonia Deacock’s book ‘No Purdah In Padam’ about three women who organised a 1958 expedition to the mountain range.


MBC Group, Image Nation partner on a new slate of Saudi films

The collaboration comes amid Saudi Arabia’s drive to build the biggest film and TV industry in the Gulf region.

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Cairo Film Festival bolsters launches Industry Days for 40th edition (exclusive)

The new five-day industry programme will consist of three key strands.

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Annemarie Jacir's 'Wajib' triumphs at Arab Critics Awards

‘Wajib’ took best film and best screenplay.

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Egypt's Misr launches Youssef Chahine restoration project (exclusive)

The project will restore 20 Chahine films, including ‘El Massir’.

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Saudi's Holam to shoot found-footage horror 'Hajes' (exclusive)

The pic is about a group of filmmakers who go missing while making a doc about djinn spirits.


Cannes welcomes the Saudis but questions persist

“We’re developing content guidelines.”

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Saudi Arabia launches 35% cash rebate for international productions

Saudi Arabia announces incentives aimed at kick-starting film and TV industry.

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Sierra/Affinity to sell 'Red Snake' in Cannes

Film currently shooting in Morocco.

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​Haifaa Al-Mansour returns to Saudi Arabia for next film 'The Perfect Candidate'

Director reteams with Wadjda producers Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul of Razor Film Produktion in Berlin.

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Doha backs new projects by Feras Fayyad, Hiam Abbass and Ely Dagher, opens up to TV and web

Qatari institution unveils 34 projects selected for its 2108 spring grants cycle.

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Saudi Arabia's first full-service production studio launches

Nebras Films will develop and produce a portfolio of films, TV and advertising content.