Arab Cinema Center to participate in Red Sea International Film Festival

Arab Cinema Center to participate in Red Sea International Film Festival

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is set to continue its tour in the international festival scene by participating in the second Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) along with 16 partners ranging from institutions, companies, and other film festivals. 

The ACC will be located in pavilion 20 throughout the festival, which is scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia from December 1st to the 10th.

The ACC partners at the RSIFF in alphabetical order are:

The Arab Radio And Television Network - ART (Saudi Arabia), Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt), Cinema 70 (Saudi Arabia), Film Clinic (Egypt), Greener Screen (UAE), Iraqi Cinema (Iraq), IEFTA (Monaco), Lagoonie Film Production (Egypt),  MAD Solutions (Egypt, UAE, Lisbon) and its two affiliated companies (MAD Celebrity and MAD Distribution),  Malmö Arab Film Festival (Sweden), Neom (Saudi Arabia), Pan East Media (Jordan), The Imaginarium Films (Jordan) and The Latin Arab International Film Festival (Argentina).

Furthermore, the ACC and its partners will present five cash and in-kind awards within the second Red Sea International Film Festival’s Red Sea Souk Project Market to support filmmaking in the Arab world. 

The ACC will present two invitations for producers to participate in the 2023 Rotterdam Lab, while the ART will present two cash awards worth $50,000 each – one for a Saudi Arabian project in development or production and the second for a non-Saudi Arabian one.

Additionally, MAD Solutions will present a grant worth $50,000 for marketing and distribution in the Arab world.

The ACC’s partners are also participating with several films in the festival’s competitions, parallel programs, and the Red Sea Souk, with HANGING GARDENS by Film Clinic and DIRTY DIFFICULT DANGEROUS and NEZOUH by MAD Solutions competing in the festival’s Official Competition. 

Meanwhile, ALAM by MAD Solutions and Lagoonie Film Production, along with the former’s UNDER THE FIG TREES and THE DAMNED DON’T CRY will be featured in the Festival Favorites section.

Also, MATCHSTICK and CASTING by MAD Solutions will be featured in New Saudi/New Cinema Shorts 2.

Additionally, Ameer Fakher Eldin's YUNAN (Germany, Palestine, France, Italy, Syria) and Amr Gamal’s The Burdened (Yemen, Sudan, Saudi Arabia) by MAD Solutions will be featured in the Red Sea International Film Festival’s Work-In-Progress Showcase – Souk Selection.

Furthermore, prominent producer Rula Nasser will be participating in the Project Market Jurey. 

Moreover, Co-Founder of MAD Solutions Alaa Karkouti and Christian Mouroux – the Latin Arab International Film Festival’s representative – will join the networking sessions in the distribution section, while CEO of Lagoonie Film Production Shahinaz Elakkad will join the networking sessions in the production section.

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is a non-profit organization based in Berlin and founded by MAD Solutions in 2015. The ACC provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. 

The organization’s activities vary between film markets, stands, pavilions, networking sessions, one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, and meetings with international organizations and festivals. It also publishes the Arab Cinema Magazine, which it distributes at leading international film festivals and markets.

It is worth noting that a 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.

Additionally, the ACC launched the Arab Cinema Directory in English on its website, which is a comprehensive cinema directory that provides multiple tools in one place for the first time in order to enhance easy access to information on cinema to film makers inside and outside the Arab world. 

It also aims to facilitate the connection between Arab films and filmmakers and the international market, helping international filmmakers to easily identify Arab cinema productions.