Category: MACHREK

News about audiovisual in MACHERK region (Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Libanon)

Jordan / Mohannad Al-Bakri appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Film Commission

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, board chairman and founder of the Royal Jordanian Film Commission (RFC), has appointed Mohannad Al-Bakri as Chief Executive. Mr. Al-Bakri took up his duties on July 7th. A graduate in sociology and archaeology, Mohannad Al-Bakri has worked for more than 10 years in the Arab region’s creative industries sector. From …

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Lebanon / The Samir Kassir Award for press freedom announces its winners

The 14th ceremony of the Samir Kassir Award for the Freedom of the Press was held in Beirut on May 30th. Three journalists were rewarded for their work, in the categories “opinion piece”, “investigative article” and “audiovisual report”, with each winner receiving €10,000. The winners in the “opinion piece” and “investigative article” categories are both …

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Lebanon / The documentary Tadmor coming to French cinemas

Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim’s documentary Tadmor will be released in French cinemas on June 5th. The film gives voice to a group of 22 Lebanese ex-prisoners, determined to speak out about their long years in prison in Palmyra (Syria), after the popular uprising against the Syrian regime in 2011. In a series of individual …

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Lebanon / Applications open for the 2nd FFFMED

The second Films Femmes Francophones | Méditerranée will be held from November 4th to 11th 2019 in the Jounieh region of the Lebanon. It is organized by Bande à Part Productions, in partnership with the Lebanon’s French Institute, Jounieh’s French Institute and the NDU International Film Festival. Specifically for feature-length dramas, FFFMED is a week-long …

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Lebanon / Beirut DC unveils its Funding Guide for Arab Producers

The Funding Guide for Arab Producers lists information on all the international funds and industry platforms to which Arab producers can apply for their film projects. It includes funds and markets in Europe and the United States which encourage co-productions with Arab countries. With regard to Arab national funds and platforms, the guide lists only …

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Cyprus / “Jiu Jitsu”, first international production entirely shot in Cyprus

In June Cyprus will be the location for a science-fiction martial arts film, Jiu Jitsu. Directed by Dimitri Logothetis, the film is the first American production to take advantage of the Cypriot financial incentives set up last October. Based on a 2017 comic book of the same name by Dimitri Logothetis and Jim McGrath, the …

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Syria / “Still Recording” shows everyday life in the Syrian war

Saaed Al Batal and Ghiath Ayoub’s documentary, Still Recording was released in French cinemas on March 27th. Filmed over four years, the film shows us daily life during Syria’s war, seen through the eyes of young Syrians, . Saeed, an engineering student in Damascus, lives in Douma, eastern Ghouta, 20 kilometers from the Syrian capital. …

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