JORDAN / The 4th Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab has finished

Royal Film Commission

Organized by the Royal Film Commission, the 4th Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab was held from May 24th to 29th in Azraq, Jordan. Launched in 2019, the Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab offers workshops for script-writers from the Arab world, helping them create television projects by providing a team of specialists to support and advise project leaders as they …

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BULGARIA / The distributor Alpha Violet buys the rights to “Windless”

Alpha Violet

Shortly before its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 28th – July 6th), the rights to Pavel G. Vesnakov’s feature film Windless were bought by French distributor Alpha Violet. The film follows Kaloyan who, after the death of his father, returns to Bulgaria from Spain to sell the family apartment. Seemingly …

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ITALY / The 28th Cartoons on the Bay

Cartoons on the Bay

The 28th Cartoons on the Bay was held from May 29th to June 2nd in Pescara. Cartoons on the Bay is the major Italian showcase for animation and for the children’s entertainment industry. Promoted by RAI and organized by RAI Com, the festival has been bringing Italian and international players together through a vast programme …

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ALGERIA / The Oran Arab Film Festival returns after 6 years absence

Festival International du Film Arabe d’Oran

Having closed its doors in 2018, the Oran Arab Film Festival returns from October 4th to 10th for a 12th edition and with a new name: the Oran International Arab Film Festival. The person in charge of this revival is actor / director Abdelkader Djeriou: “the Oran International Arab Film Festival established itself as a …

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EGYPT / The documentary “The Brink of Dreams ” wins the Golden Eye at Cannes

Les Filles du Nil

The Egyptian documentary The Brink of Dreams directed by Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir won the Golden Eye at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Filmed over 4 years, the film follows a group of Coptic girls from a village in southern Egypt who rebel by forming a street theatre group. Dreaming of becoming actresses, …

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MALTA / The Mediterranean Film Festival returns

Festival du Film Méditerranéen

The Mediterranean Film Festival returns to Malta for its 2nd year from June 22nd to 30th with the theme: Unity through film. Malta’s Film Commissioner, Johann Grech, explains the Festival’s importance: “In a time of unprecedented instability and division in the world, the Mediterranean Film Festival has a very special role to play in promoting, …

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MOROCCO / Jérôme Cohen-Olivar begins filming “Autisto”

Autisto

On June 10th Jérôme Cohen-Olivar’s feature film, Autisto, began six weeks’ filming in Casablanca. Produced by Zhor Fassi-Fihri, the film is about a mother struggling with her teenage son’s severe autism. Refusing to accept his disability, she fights to help him find his place in society. The director explained that the film is inspired by …

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