ACC Launches Arab Film Resource for the US Market
An Initiative by the Arab Cinema Center and Telescope Film
Within the Virtual Cannes Market's events, and aiming to expand the scope of the Arab cinema's exposure internationally, Telescope Film announces the launch of ACC's microsite: telescopefilm.com/arabcinemacenter The site is a film guide for the Arab and international film audiences in the US to locate which Arab films are streaming on what platforms across the US.
The site covers several categories of Arab films, including fiction, documentaries and shorts.
Other categories included are: BOX OFFICE HITS, NEXT AWARD, PLEASE for the most award-winning Arab films, OSCAR SUBMISSIONS for films that represented their countries at the Academy Awards, RECORD IT for the most notable documentaries and SHORT AND STRAIGHT TO THE POINT for short films.
This marks the third such collaboration for Telescope Film, in addition to partnerships with German Films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
"We are delighted to partner with the Arab Cinema Center on this important initiative. The Arab world has produced some of the great masters of world cinema as well as some of the most exciting directors working today. We believe their work should be better known in the US and want to help make that happen," said Justine Barda, CEO of Telescope Film.
Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, founders of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), commented: "One of the biggest challenges that the Arab films face is not having a clear guide to where the audience can watch these films, that is why Telescope's initiative is necessary and we are so glad to collaborate with them on this. We look forward to exploring more ideas and projects with them that help in promoting Arab cinema globally."
Telescope Film is the definitive resource for finding international film in the US. The site offers a database of more than 450,000 titles and one-click access to over 100 streaming services - as well as curation, customization, and other features to help users discover films and series from around the world.
Organized by MAD Solutions in 2015, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is a nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam. The ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. The ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands, and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.
Furthermore, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.
The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions.
Telescope Website: telescopefilm.com/
Arab Cinema Center website: acc.film