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Arab Cinema Center and Malaga Film Festival Reveal Selected Arab Projects for MAFF - Malaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event

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In Between by Dalyah Bakheet and Chentian by Suha Arraf

Arab Cinema Center and Malaga Film Festival Reveal Selected Arab Projects for MAFF - Malaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event


At a conference held within the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Juan Antonio Vigar, Director of the Málaga Film Festival and Annabelle Aramburu Picasso, Industry & International Coordinator of the Malaga Film Festival, together with Maher Diab, Creative Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), announced the selection of the two Arab film projects, In Between by director Dalyah Bakheet and producer Hanaa Saleh Alfassi, and Chentian by director Suha Arraf and producer Joshua Cassar Gaspar, to take part in the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event, held on the sidelines of the Málaga Film Festival in Spain (April 13-22, 2018). The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is slated to announce the selected projects for the Málaga Work In Progress soon. The selected projects will include one of the winning projects at the 3rd Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP).

In Between is a co-production of Saudi Arabia and the USA, while Chentian is a co-production of Palestine, Malta, Sweden and Denmark.

The two winning film projects of the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event are going to have the opportunity to connect with the international funding institutions attending the festival and producers from Spain and other European countries. The Málaga Work In Progress focuses on financing film production, facilitating its completion and international distribution.

Through its website, the ACC has opened call for submissions for Arab film projects to participate in the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event and the Málaga Work In Progress, as per an agreement between the Arab Cinema Center and the Málaga Film Festival. Under this agreement, the Málaga Film Festival is going to cover the accommodation and accreditation for the producers or directors of the film projects taking part in both the co-production fund event and the workshop. This is the first initiative dedicated to the Arab film industry in the history of the Málaga Film Festival.

The Málaga Film Festival was launched in 1998. Through its 19th edition, the festival helped in supporting and boosting Spanish films on both national and international levels, along with promoting the Spanish city of Málaga as a cultural city open to different cultures. The Málaga Film Festival aims to promote film culture and reach audiences from all over the world.

This initiative comes as part of the ACC's strategy of promoting the Arab film industry internationally and supporting Arab filmmakers. In January 2018, the ACC selected Arab producers to attend the Rotterdam Lab, held on the sidelines of the International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR. A few days ago, the ACC selected Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), and Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of DIFF, to be the winners of the Arab Cinema Personality of the Year award, presented bythe ACC in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter. This marks the first time that an award of this nature is given to the directors of a film festival. The Arab Cinema Personality of the Year award was given at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

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 Center'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 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.