Maher Diab Joins the Juries of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival
The 10th edition of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (CTIFMF) has revealed the list of jury members of the Main CTIFMF Competition including Maher Diab, Creative Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC).
The jury awards the major prizes, including; the Grand Prix Prize and the New Voices Award. Film Critic and President of FIPRESCI, Alin Tasciyan is heading the Jury, marking the first female to hold the post since 2007. Alongside Maher Diab, the list includes the award-winning Canadian Director/Screenwriter Clement Virgo, who received of more than 17 awards from international film festivals.
The jury list of the other competitions within the festival's parti-colored programme includes; Producer Meg Rickards (South Africa), Director Pirivi John Katjavivi (Namibia), Director/Writer Brett Michael Innes (South Africa), Director Azza El Hosseiny (Egypt), Producer John Badalu (Indonesia), Director Mandisa Zitha (South Africa), Actor Gregg Kriek (South Africa), Festivals Director Ricardo Peach (South Africa), and Producer/Director Peeter Rebane (Estonia).
Established in 2007, the CTIFMF is formerly known as the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival. The CTIFMF is showcasing a great selection of films from over 50 countries and aims to build a rich film culture among South African audiences by celebrating great achievements of the past and highlighting giants of the cinema such as Ingmar Bergman and Youssef Chahine. Under the mandate of creating an awareness of past and present milestones in world cinema, the main objective of the festival is to provide a window on world cinemas and to become the African version of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The festival's program includes different competitions in different film categories; features, shorts, documentary films, and short animation films, in addition to dedicating an African edition of each international competition.
Most recently, Maher Diab has been selected as a jury member at the BBC Arabic Festival 2018 within the Feature Documentary Panel.
In 2010, Maher Diab co-founded MAD Solutions, the first pan-Arab studio dedicated to the promotion and distribution of Arabic content to the Arab world and beyond. In 2015, through MAD Solutions, Diab co-founded the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), 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.