GREECE / The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s AGORA announces its selected projects

Festival documentaire de Thessalonique AGORA

AGORA, the professional section of the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, has announced the projects selected for the Pitching Forum and for AGORA Docs in Progress. Held in parallel with the festival, from March 8th to 16th, AGORA encourages collaboration, innovation and cultural exchange. It impacts nearly 500 industry professionals each year. Twelve projects from 11 …

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ROMANIA / The trans-media documentary “Government of Children II” starts post-production

Government of Children

Writer / director Ioana Mischie is currently in post-production on her trans-media documentary Government of Children II. Produced by Studioset and Storyscapes, this project encourages children to express their view on the world’s problems – and also give possible solutions. In this ground-breaking concept, children from various ethnic, social and educational backgrounds in Romania but …

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ITALY / Creation of Rai Cinema International Distribution

Rai Cinema International Distribution

Rai Cinema and Rai Com have announced the creation of Rai Cinema International Distribution, integrating the two branches of the Italian public broadcaster. The aim of this new company is to optimize the distribution of Rai’s films abroad and to improve the visibility of Italian films worldwide. According to the agreement Rai Cinema will manage …

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EUROPE – ISRAEL / Arte acquires the Israeli series “Bloody Murray”

Bloody Murray

The Franco-German channel, Arte, has acquired the Israeli series Bloody Murray from Yes Studio. Renamed Dana & Murray, the 9 episodes will be available on Arte.tv until November 16th. Created by Stav Idisis, Dana & Murray follows the fortunes of two room-mates, Dana and Murray, who both find being single more and more problematic. Their …

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ARAB WORLD / “Bassma” presents the Arab world’s most inspiring women

Bassma

The free-to-view channel Asharq Discovery has launched Bassma, a new TV series about iconic Arab women. Scheduled for ten episodes, Bassma presents pioneering women who are considered amongst the most inspirational in the contemporary Arab world: Egyptian actress Yusra, Moroccan singer Samira Saeed, lawyer Sofana Dahlan and aerospace engineer Mishaal Ashemimry, both from Saudi Arabia, …

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ARAB WORLD / Discussions at the Arab Cinema Centre in Berlin

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During the 74th Berlin International Film Festival (February 15th – 25th), the Arab Cinema Centre (ACC) organized two meetings as part of the European Film Market. Under the title “Arab Box Office Bonanza ”, the first round-table focused on box office revenues in the MENA region which have now reached the unprecedented figure of one …

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NORTH AFRICA / The ASBU’s 3rd Arab Media Congress was held in Tunis

ASBU

The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) held its 3rd Arab Media Congress in Tunis on January 17th and 18th. Every year media experts, journalists and professionals come together to exchange ideas and debate the issues facing the Arab media. This year’s guest of honour was Algeria’s Minister of Communication, Mohamed Laagab. The theme running through …

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