release date May 02 2018
Greener Screen, ANHAR, Bastille Tayran Film and Art City Join the Partners of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC)
Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has announced that four new film institutes and companies have joined its list of partners; Greener Screen initiative in the UAE, ANHAR, The Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals in Jordan, Bastille Tayran Film in Iraq and France and Art City For Cinema and TV Production in Iraq.

Greener Screen is an initiative for sustainable media and audiovisual production that aims to equip the media industry with the necessary tools and knowledge to offset the negative environmental impact of production for a net zero emission industry. The initiative believes that the media and audiovisual industry can be used as an innovative and far-reaching platform to change perceptions and stop climate change by spreading awareness and simplifying sustainable production best practices.

Based in Jordan, ANHAR, The Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals is a regional project that creates a pool of information, film databases and screenings in the Arab Region. It is a networking platform that operates on the basis of partnership and exchange of expertise between its members.

Established in December 2015, the network has nine members from Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Mauritania, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan and Syria. ANHAR aims to establish a connection between activists, filmmakers and festival directors, in addition to making spaces for screening human rights films to build bridges through joint events, co-productions and advocacy campaigns. The collective experience of its members helps enhance the quality, impact and outreach of its initiatives.

Bastille Tayran Film is an independent film institute that aims to build a cinematic bridge between Iraq and France through its different activities. The company produces films and makes workshops for talented filmmakers, in cooperation with film funding institutes that support international and Iraqi films, and provides support for script development and the production of film projects by young filmmakers in Iraq.

Art City For Cinema and TV Production was founded in 1984 in Baghdad under the name Hikmat Studio, which provided its cinematic and TV services using the latest technologies. In 2014, the name of the company was changed to Art City For Cinema and TV Production. During the company’s journey, many important TV shows and films were presented, most notably; Executive Producer for Al-Sadma and Sualak TV programs in Iraq and the production of The Fall of the Caliphate TV series and season one of Mud House TV series, and the production of the films Delights and Aches and Grocer’s Star in 2013.

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.