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Six ACC Partners Present Awards at El Gouna Film Festival

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Rotana, MAD Solutions, IEFTA, iProductions, Lagoonie, ART

Six ACC Partners Present Awards at El Gouna Film Festival

Six partners of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) have successfully presented awards at the El Gouna Film Festival during its fourth edition this year, namely: Rotana, ART, Lagoonie Film Production, IEFTA, iProductions, and MAD Solutions who present a joint award with Ergo. El Gouna Film Festival itself is one of the ACC's established partners.

List of Awards by ACC Partners:
USD 10,000 prize went to Hajj to Disney by director Maha Al-Saati (KSA)
Lagoonie Film Production:
USD 10,000 prize went to the film project Seeking Haven for Mr. Rambo by director Khaled Mansour (Egypt)
USD 10,000 prize went to Bye Bye Tiberias by director Lina Soualem (Palestine)
USD 10,000 prize went to the film project Seeking Haven for Mr. Rambo by director Khaled Mansour (Egypt)
IEFTA (International Emerging Talent Film Association) provides an opportunity for the winning projects to join its Global Film Expression initiative for the development and financing through an open access to its film development workshop and labs. The award went to Hamlet from the Slums by director Ahmed Fawzy Saleh (Egypt), and The Day of Arafah by director Ala'a Al Qaisi (Jordan).

MAD Solutions-Ergo:
The joint award offers distribution services across the Arab world with a guarantee of $30,000 for the filmmakers. The award went to Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani (Sudan).

Organized by CineGouna Platform, CineGounaSpringBoard is a project development and co-production lab that enables Arab film directors and producers with projects in development or films in post-production to find artistic and financial support.

CineGouna Platform is an industry-oriented event created to support and empower filmmakers and industry professionals, aiming to develop promising film projects from Egypt and the Arab world and help them find artistic and financial support. CineGouna Platform presents the CineGounaSpringBoard and the CineGouna Bridge as programs that provide opportunities for sharing and learning through workshops, panel discussions, and master classes led by industry professionals.

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.