release date May 19 2019
Arab Cinema Center Launches The Golden Cannes 101: Global Arab Industry Names Who Matter
For the second year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) launched The Golden Cannes 101: Global Arab Industry Names Who Matter in a Nutshell in its new issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine, which will be released at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The list has also been published online through

The 100 Most Important Names in the Arab Film Industry includes names that either represent themselves or entities they work for. The names were all chosen for their contributions to Arab-language cinema in the past 12 months, which is why Arab names who participated in international films/TV series are not on the list. They are ordered alphabetically by first names, and grouped together alongside their immediate peers.

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The list features the following: 15 directors, 3 screenwriters, 18 actors/actresses (from 16 entities), 10 producers (from 9 entities), 14 festival directors (from 10 entities), 5 important names in Arab governmental film commissions (from 3 entities), 5 funders (from 4 entities), 13 directors of film institutions (from 9 entities), 3 supporters (from 2 entities), 10 platform directors (from 8 entities), 21 distributors (from 14 entities), and 6 international sales agents (from 4 entities).

The Golden Cannes 101: Global Arab Industry Names Who Matter presents names from 22 countries; 13 Arab countries and 9 non-Arab countries. The biggest number of names came from Egypt, 22 names, followed by the UAE and Lebanon (18), then Palestine (15) and Saudi Arabia and Tunisia (8). The non-Arab country with the biggest number of names is France, with the total of 7 names.

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.