Promoting Arab Films at the 1st Latin Arab Co-production Forum
The Arab Cinema Center Part of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival
The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) revealed its participation at the 1st Latin Arab Co-production Forum, which is held on the margins of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival (24-26 November). Through the forum, the Center will be hunting for and promoting projects by both Arab and Latin American directors that are ready to enter the co-production phase.
Commenting on this partnership, Christian Mouroux, Artistic Director of the Latin Arab Co-production Forum, stated, "We decided it was about time to crystallize the cooperation and co-production scenario we have been promoting from the festival. In this regard, we thought that Cooperation is conditio sine qua non [an essential and indispensable action] to build a vigorous, dynamic, and articulated audiovisual industry, as both regions have common challenges. Therefore, we need to create, efficient and solidary moments of cooperation, such as the partnership with MAD Solutions for this first edition of the Forum, which will allow us to lay the foundations for a real Latin Arab audiovisual platform."
Organized by the non-profit Organization for the Promotion of Cultural Diversity Creciente "Cine Fertil", the Latin Arab Co-production Forum targets projects in development, production and post-production stages; from Latin American and the Arab world alike. It is an opportunity to promote new audiovisual projects, enable co-production agreements, and strengthen cooperation between industry professionals with its parti-colored activities that range between pitching sessions, business rounds, work in progress competition and specialized conferences.
In September, the ACC announced its partnership with the Carthage Film Festival and signed a sponsorship agreement with .Film, a dedicated and authoritative domain space provider for the Film Industry with the aim to fight copy-cat and piracy sites.
Earlier this year, ACC revealed its year-round partnership with Variety magazine as the Center's media partner; in addition to a digital partnership with Festival Scope and a technology sponsorship with Striim.in to promote ACC's events in 2016.
About Arab Cinema Center (ACC(
Organized by MAD Solutions, Arab Cinema Center (ACC) opened 2016 with intensive activities at the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), followed by the 66th Berlinale, Doha Film Institute's Qumra, the Center's first Arab stop since its launch in 2015, in addition to the Silk Road Film Festival in Ireland, and Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), the 69th Cannes Film Festival, the 69th Locarno Film Festival, the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, the 41st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the 2nd Film and Television Careers Connection (FTCC) in Amman, Jordan, and most recently, the 6th Malm√∂ Arab Film Festival (MAFF).
The ACC will be presenting a special award at the 4th Cairo Film Connection (CFC) held on the sidelines of the 2016's Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). The ACC Award offers a place for the winning film project's producer to attend the Rotterdam Lab at the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR, Netherlands (25 January - 5 February, 2017).
During the 2016's Cannes Film Festival, the Center launched the first issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine, the first English-language Arab publication entirely dedicated to international cinema, which will accompany the Center to shed light on the Arab film industry and the latest up and coming talents. The second issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine has been released at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.
Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is operating as an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides Arab filmmakers with a professional window to connect with filmmakers from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes and 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.