release date February 25 2018
MAFF Development Funding Opens Call for Applications on March 1
The Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) in Sweden, a partner of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), has announced an open call for applications for Arab film projects to take part in its MAFF Development Funding starting March 1 until April 30, 2018. Held on the sidelines of the 8th Malmö Arab Film Festival (5-9 October), the MAFF Development Funding aspires to stimulate co-productions between Sweden and the Arab countries.

MAFF Development Funding focuses on providing support to Arab feature, short, and documentary film projects in the development stage. Projects should focus on topics that concern Arab culture, identity, exile or diversity.

At the same time,film submissions for the competitions of the 8th Malmö Arab Film Festival are still open in the feature, documentary and short film categories. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2018.

MAFF Market Forum (MMF) is a unique platform for the Nordic and Arab film industries designed to stimulate collaboration, co-production and distribution opportunities. MMF brings together producers, funds, distributors and film professionals in seminars, lectures, workshops, pitching venues, networking sessions. MMF includes market screenings, and offers several funding initiatives for Nordic-Arab co-productions. MAFF Market Forum presents an excellent opportunity for film professionals to exhibit and present their work, extend their networks and initiate new international collaborations and co-productions.

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'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.