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Dubai Film Festival chiefs cancel 2018 edition, promise 2019 relaunch

Rumours has swirled around future of festival, key film event in Middle East.

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Mystery swirls around future of Dubai International Film Festival

Festival was major event on Arab cinema calendar.

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Beta, MBC sign major deal to co-produce pan-Arab, European drama series

Already in development are a crime series set between Iraq and Scandinavia.

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Gulf Asia launched to distribute Asian content in the Middle East

Consortium of industry veterans including former Fox exec will release 10-12 Filipino titles a year.

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Ai Weiwei's 'Human Flow' assistant cameraman shot dead by Israeli military

Palestinian filmmakers pay tribute to Yasser Murtaja, who dreamed of travelling the world.

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Saudi Arabia to end 35-year cinema ban with 'Black Panther'

Disney and Italia Film will be the first active distributors after reforms in the kingdom.

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AMC aiming for up to 100 cinemas in Saudi Arabia by 2030

US-based global exhibitor granted first cinema operating license in territory.

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Israeli doc festival Docaviv unveils 20th anniversary programme

15 Israeli docs chosen from 78 submissions for main Competition.

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Gianfranco Rosi talks documentary challenges, upcoming projects

Italian documentarian was giving a masterclass at Qumra.

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Tilda Swinton: "Every film I make, I intend to be the last"

Oscar-winning actress discussed her career at Doha Film Institute’s talent-development event Qumra


'Last Men In Aleppo' team granted US visa to attend Oscars

White Helmet volunteer Mahmoud and subject of Last Men In Aleppo remains barred from travel by his country.

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Tilda Swinton joins Qumra Masters to mentor emerging filmmakers

Fellow Masters include Andrey Zvyagintsev, Bennett Miller and Sandy Powell.

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Jon Kamen, Wendi Deng Murdoch sign up for Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event

34 short and feature projects were announced in Berlin.

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Dox Box, AFAC launch Arab Doc Convention

March meeting for documentary professionals launches in Leipzig in March.

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Deal Productions, Film Clinic team on first Luxembourg-Egyptian co-production 'Sawah' (exclusive)

Adolf El Assal – who grew up between Dubai, London and Luxembourg – co-wrote the screenplay and directs.

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Sandy Powell and Bennett Miller named as masters at Doha's Qumra event

They join Zvyagintsev, Weerasethakul and Rosi for event, which runs March 9-14.

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Kuwait's KNCC and Front Row to launch three multiplexes in Saudi Arabia by end of 2018

Joint venture will see 27 screens across the sites in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman.

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Vue International strikes deal to build first cinemas in Saudi Arabia for 35 years

Exhibitors targets up to 30 multiplexes in three years.