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Arab Cinema Center (ACC) Adds Four Film Festivals from France, the US, Jordan and Iraq to its Partners List

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Arab Cinema Center (ACC) Adds Four Film Festivals from France, the US, Jordan and Iraq to its Partners List

With a main objective of supporting and promoting the Arab film industry in international markets, Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has announced that four international film festivals have joined its list of partners. The festivals are the Festival Ciné Palestine (FCP) in France, the Arab Film Festival (AFF) in the USA, the Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan, and the 3 Minutes 3 Days Film Festival in Iraq.

Established in Paris in 2014, the Festival Ciné Palestine (FCP) aims to shed light on the quality of Palestinian cinema in all its diversity, through a highly curated selection of films. Challenging the restrictions imposed by borders, FCP gathers aspiring, emerging and established Palestinians artists and gives them the chance to meet their audience. The festival has created a recognized space for discussions, meetings and debates around independent Palestinian cinema. FCP also intends to play a major role in supporting the creation, production and distribution of Palestinian cinema.

The 4th edition of Festival Ciné-Palestine (May 25 to June 3, 2018) will see the creation of a platform for sharing and exchanging ideas and projects among professionals in the Palestinian, Arab and international film industries. The first edition of the FCP Industry Days will take place on May 28 and 29, 2018.

Held in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, the Arab Film Festival (AFF) is the largest and longest-running independent festival of its kind in North America. Launched in 1996, the festival has gained an international reputation for excellence and offers its audiences access to media that reflects the lives of under-represented and provocative themes and groups on a cultural and societal level. The festival aims to present the best of contemporary films that illuminate the richness of Arab culture and stories through authentic narratives and images, providing insight into the beauty and complexity of the Arab world.

Held in Amman, Jordan since 2010, the Karama Human Rights Film Festival is a six-day film festival that aims to raise awareness about human rights issues and violations all over the world through film screenings, discussions and workshops. After eight editions, the festival has screened 436 human rights films were screened over the course of eight years of cinema activism and advocacy for human rights in Jordan and in the region. Around 8000 spectators from different fields come yearly to the event, attend, and participate in its diverse activities.

The Karama Human Rights Film Festival has largely contributed to the establishment of the three festivals in the Arab world; the Red Carpet - Karama HRFF Gaza in Palestine, Karama Beirut in Lebanon and Karama Mauritania.

The 3 Minutes 3 Days Film Festival is mainly interested in Iraqi and international short films that are as short as 3 minutes or less. Founded in 2013, the festival screened more than 100 international films, which competed for one of the festival’s three main awards, in addition to the Jury Prize.
Organized by MAD Solutions in 2015, the Arab Cinema Center (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 market main wings, introduction and networking sessions for 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.