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Second edition of MENA Cinema Forum to spotlight regional film industry

The MENA Cinema Forum will return to Dubai from October 22 to 24, promising over 60 speakers and 800 experts in the field of cinema production, exhibition and distribution from 50 countries.

The 2019 edition will host an awards ceremony to spotlight regional leaders for categories: Movie of the Year, Exhibitor of the Year, Distributor of the Year, Cinema Design of the Year, Cinema Technology of the Year, Event Cinema of the Year, Best MENA Movie of the Year, Best Arab Movie of the Year, Best Bollywood Movie of the Year, Best Arab Director of the Year, Best Arab Actor of the Year, Best Arab Actress of the Year and Best New Cinema Design of the Year.

The exhibition will host a series of cinema industry talks, themed around building materials and design on day one and technology on the second day. Day three will focus on regional content production, promotion of best practices in this field and encourage regional and international collaborations.

Led by industry leaders the conference will address critical issues relevant to the region. Keynotes, technical presentations, panel discussions and live debates will be chaired by Jan Runge, MENA Cinema Chairman & Advisor. The line-up of speakers include: Cameron Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment, Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas, Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Manager KSA, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, Toni El Massih Chief Content Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, Asim Altokhais, Co-Founder and Award-winning screenwriter and script consultant at 3rd action incorporation, and the strategic screenwriting partner of CINEMA Forum, Amer Bin Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Knauf, Middle East and India, Gianluca Chakra, Managing Partner, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, and Abdulaziz Almuzaini, Co-Founder and CEO, Myrkott Animation Studio.

Commenting on the second edition of the MENA Cinema Forum, Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner of event organiser Great Minds Event Management said: “It’s clear we’re in a rapidly evolving media ecosystem driven by different capacities, higher expectations and manifesting itself simultaneously in various dimensions. The dynamics of the cinema industry are developing while a cohort of ever-expanding super competitors and more focused players strive to build relevance at the right scale, we witness business models being reinvented so all players can tap into new revenue streams.

The second edition of the MENA Cinema forum will take place from October 22 until October 24 at Conrad, Dubai.