Magazine article Screen International

Arab Cinema LAB to Launch at Dubai Film Market

Magazine article Screen International

Arab Cinema LAB to Launch at Dubai Film Market

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Cairo-based pan-Arab distributor and films promotions outfit MAD Solutions will launch a new development and production financing incubator, the Arab Cinema LAB at the upcoming Dubai Film Market in December.

Around 10 upcoming films will be showcased at the inaugural edition on December 12, including The Originals, the latest film from Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, best known for his 2006 The Yacoubian Building, and Palestinian filmmaker Rashid Masharawi's Writing On Snow.

LA-based Saudi director Aymen Khoja will also preview his upcoming soccer-themed work Shoot, produced under his Khoja Bros production banner and billed as the "first Saudi American film".

An Egyptian James Bond-style feature - provisionally entitled Man Of The Impossible - will also be unveiled.

MAD Solutions co-founder and CEO Alaa Karkouti explained the aim of the event was to unveil productions that will be "the talk of the Arab cinema world next year", source finance and stimulate discussion on how to build a sustainable film production eco-system for Arab filmmakers.

"There are still so many unanswered questions about Arab cinema. What is the size of investment in Arab films every year? What are the investment returns and levels of profitability? …

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