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The Arab Cinema Center Releases the Tenth Edition of Its Arab Cinema Magazine at the Berlin International Film Festival

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Featuring A Dedication of Five Years of Promoting Arab Cinema

The Arab Cinema Center Releases the Tenth Edition of Its Arab Cinema Magazine at the Berlin International Film Festival


While celebrating its 5th year of promoting Arab cinema at international film festivals and markets, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has released the tenth Edition of its Arab Cinema Magazine at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). The new Edition covers the ACC's achievements in the past five years, along with many other articles about the Arab film industry.

In his introductory statement to the new Edition, Film expert Colin Brown, Managing Partner and Director of International Operations at MAD Solutions, and the magazine's editorial director, said, "As we proudly celebrate our fifth year anniversary at the Arab Cinema Center, we can only hope that the next five years will see coordinated investment across the entire Arab-speaking region and not just where the easy money seems to be."

Maher Diab, Art Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), says, "What makes this Edition very special is that it's the tenth Edition of the magazine released simultaneously with the fifth anniversary of the Arab Cinema Center, which first launched in Berlin in 2015. This issue continues to give the big picture of the film industry in the Arab world."

Along with the section highlighting the ACC's achievements in the past five years, the new Edition offers the inspiring biography of Screenwriter and Producer Mohamed Hefzy, President of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), who received the Arab Cinema Personality of The Year award presented by The Hollywood Reporter at the Berlinale. The issue also presents an overview of the biggest achievements of CIFF's special 40th edition with a focus on the activities of its Cairo Industry Days.

The tenth issue features a section about Saudi Arabia and its future role in developing, reshaping and stimulating the film industry in the Arab world. It also offers an article about the Sudan International Film Festival (SIFF) and the postponement of its sixth edition in the light of the political unrest in Sudan, in addition to a special section highlighting fantastic talents in the Arab world.

The latest issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine offers a case study of the Arab movie theater industry offering box-office statistics, taking into account changes in the value of currencies and inflation rates over the years, and the biggest movie theater chains.

Moreover, the magazine features an entire section covering everything about the upcoming edition of the Annual Critics Awards and the jury committee that reached a number of 75 film critics from 34 countries.

Organized by MAD Solutions, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) celebrates its fifth year since its inception in 2015. 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 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.

The Arab Cinema Center announced the launch of the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic. The festival aims to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry, flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.