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The Arab Cinema Center at the Cannes Film Festival for the Fifth Year in a Row

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Releasing Its Magazine, Presenting Its Critics Awards and More

The Arab Cinema Center at the Cannes Film Festival for the Fifth Year in a Row


For the fifth year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) launches its wide range of activities at the Cannes Film Festival in its 72nd edition. Accompanied by 14 of its partners, the ACC's activities vary between a film screening within one of the festival's competitions, the Annual Critics Awards ceremony, the Achievement Award for Film Critics and others.

The partners accompanying the ACC to the Cannes Film Festival (in alphabetical order): Arab Radio & Television (ART) (Saudi Arabia), Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (Egypt), Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image (CNCI) (Tunisia), Festival Ciné Palestine (FCP) (France), Film Clinic (Egypt), FilmLab: Palestine (FLP) (Palestine), Iraqi Cinema (Iraq), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt), Ma3aml 612 Think Factory (Jordan), MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE), Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) (Sweden), Rotana Group (Saudi Arabia, Egypt), The Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) (Jordan), and Tripoli Film Festival (Lebanon).

On the sidelines of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, the ACC will announce the winners of 3rd Annual Critics Awards at a reception. During the reception, the ACC will present its Achievement Award for Film Critics to Lebanese Film Critic Ibrahim Al Ariss and American Film Critic Deborah Young. The Annual Critics Awards reception is sponsored by Iraqi Cinema, ART, Film Clinic and MAD Solutions.

During the festival, the ACC will release the new issue of its Arab Cinema Magazine, which features, for the second year in a row, The Golden Cannes 101: Global Arab Industry Names Who Matter in a Nutshell. The list casts light on the Arab names and organizations that influenced and supported the Arab film industry over the past few years.

The Centre National du Cinema et de L'image (CNCI) will present Director Ala Eddine Slim's film Tlamess in the Directors' Fortnight section at the festival.

Together with the European Film Promotion (EFP), the Arab Cinema Center will host the Producers on the Move, a personal roundtable session between 10 former Producers on the Move and the top 10 producers from Arab countries. Held annually, Producers on the Move aims to open a space for co-production opportunities between European and Arab producers.

Organized by MAD Solutions, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) celebrates its fifth year since its inception in 2015. 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 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.

The Arab Cinema Center announced the launch of the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic. The festival aims to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry, flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.