release date October 15 2020
Arab Cinema Center Opens Call for Submissions at Rotterdam Lab
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) announced an open call for submissions by Arab producers at the annual Rotterdam Lab, which will take place virtually on the margins of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (25 January – 5 February). The deadline for submission is slated on November 10 th , 2020.

Eligible producers from the Arab world must have under their repertoire one or two
shorts least, or two feature films at the most. For submission click on the following link:

This marks the fifth year in a row for the partnership between the Arab Cinema Center and Rotterdam Lab where the ACC opens call for submissions by Arab film producers through its official website: Through the past years, the ACC sent several Arab producers to the Lab, including: Rami Alyan (Palestine), Aya Al Balushi (Lebanon), Amir El-Shenawy (Egypt), Khadija Kudsi (KSA & Syria), to name a few.

Organized by CineMart within the IFFR, the Rotterdam Lab is a five-day training workshop for promising emerging producers from all over the world. The Rotterdam Lab offers a place to over 69 producers from over 31 countries. The aim of Rotterdam Lab is to provide emerging professionals with the means to build and develop an international network with providing confidence and skills to navigate the world of international film financing, sales and distribution.

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.