MENA Cinema Forum Discussing The Regions’ Upcoming Project Updates…

October 22 , 2019 – Dubai, UAE- Dubai is to host the only cinema convention catering to the cinema industry in the region,MENA Cinema Forum.

Supported by Dubai Studio City & global giants of the cinema industry, the convention will celebrate, discuss, & explore everything new in the world of cinema from October 22 to 24, gathering over 60 speakers, and 800 experts in cinema production, distribution, construction, technology and content from more than 50 countries.

MENA Cinema Forum is offering a unique platform, where industry decision makers meet international movie creators and technology pioneers to discuss the future of cinema industry, the hidden opportunities and the vast possibilities in a festive atmosphere where movie premieres, screenings, awards & themed poolside after parties are among many glamour packed activities of the 3 days busy agenda of wonders.

Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Studio City, said: “Technology transformed the way we produce and consume content, and as a result The MENA region’s content creation industry, especially Arabic, has grown rapidly supported by new technologies and the emergence of new platforms. Dubai successfully managed to be a hub for aspiring content creators and filmmakers by providing them with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and the right ecosystem to thrive”

Dubai Studio City is home to over 275 local, regional and global corporations, foresees a strong expansion of the filmmaking industry to address the growing need of the content creation sector and this underlines Dubai regional role for talents and companies.

Our collaboration with the second edition of theMENA Cinema Forum, reflects Dubai Studio City’s role in the content creation and new media sector. We anticipate the event to be educational, enlightening and informative for all attendees, more specifically for the youth.”

Representing a unique celebration of the veterans & gurus of cinema industry like never before, blending business and pleasure in one place, as no one can achieve such an equilibrium like the master minds behind such a distinctive event; Great Minds Events, organizers of this exceptional experience.

Premiering Terminator: Dark Fate and Leonardo: The Works, plus screening The Addams Family, Son-Mother, & Zombieland, and unveiling the full feature cartoon Masameer to the forum participants, this year’s the forum has grown  massively in size & significance The event is spread across 3 levels of Conrad Hotel Dubai and VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates in order to accommodate the event’s many features, , combining conferencing, exhibition, movie premieres, film slates, award giving ceremonies, workshops, corporate meetings, special screenings, & post event poolside cocktail receptions to cater to the industry with a holistic approach.

Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner of Great Minds Event Management said: “The cinema and the larger entertainment industry present a huge opportunity in the region. From one angle, cinema is an art and an outlet of telling stories, crossing time and space, and our region is full of amazing untold tales and potential landscapes and amazing facilities to tell these stories and make stunning films. From another angle, the cinema industry provides immense opportunities for construction and infrastructure development, providing family friendly amenities to improve the quality of life, tourism and much more”.

“In order to do the industry justice, we have gathered all stakeholders from the US to China, from Hollywood to Bollywood to Arab cinema, from the biggest names in cinema technology to budding new disrupters. I think MENA Cinema Forum is one of the most exciting events to happen in Dubai. It is a 3-day monstrosity with talks from 60 world class experts, a buzzing exhibition and trade show with more than 100 exhibitors, slate presentations from leading studios, film features and premieres of films for all ages and tastes. It is amazing that Hollywood executives know the event by name and is marked on their calendar and regional newcomers are all using it as their launch platform. I think over the years, this will be The Cinema event in the global calendar as it marries East and West in our beautiful Dubai. And just to make the event even better, we have workshops that offer free classes to movie lovers, and a star-studded award ceremony that will recognize the achievements of the best films, cinemas and distributors of the last year. The event has so many features and stakeholders that just can’t be missed”, Masinaei added.

Representing a unique celebration of the veterans & gurus of cinema industry like never before, blending business and pleasure in one place, as no one can achieve such an equilibrium like the master minds behind such a distinctive event; Great Minds Events, organizers of this exceptional experience.

The second edition of MENA Cinema Forum will showcase the regional projects and policies, technological and technical advancements in cinemas and best practices in the next generation of customer experience and engagement, through a mixture of various content and mediums.

The forum has attracted the biggest cinema operators in the region to be its partners in success. VOX Cinemas is the forum’s strategic partner whilst Novo, AMC KSA, Cinepolis, Carnival, Reel, Muvi, Silverbird, Starzplay and WOW Cinemas, Zawya are the forum’s Cinema Partners. The long list of Production and Distribution Partners of MENA Cinema Forum includes Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Myrkott, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Eos Exhibition on Screen, Seventh Art Productions, 100 Years of Empire, Green Screen, Shooting Stars, CMS, AFL, & Gulf Film.

Delegates will be invited to exclusive Slate presentations, from Warner Bros. Picture International Product Presentation, Front Row Filmed Entertainment Product Presentation, Myrkott Animation Studio Product Presentation, and Arab Format Lab Product Presentation.

MENA Cinema Forum is offering its participants 2 world premieres, & 4 special movie screenings. Delegates will attend the exclusive Premiere of Terminator: Dark Fate in the Dolby Cinema at Reel Cinemas, the Dubai Mall and a special screening of Zombieland: Double Tap at VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates. An exclusive movie premiere for the first Saudi full Feature Animation Movie by Myrkott Animation Studio. Special Screening of The Addams Family, and World Premiere, Leonardo The Works by Seventh Art Productions at VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates. The event is also giving away Prize Tickets to exclusive groups to be a part of the movie premieres.
MENA Cinema this year is hosting a professional series of Master Classes and Workshops to help develop the film industry in the region through educational opportunities for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Focusing on presenting bigger opportunities, being much larger in scale and richer in content MCF2019 will commence with the welcome remarks from Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner of Great Minds Events Management, the organizers, & Head of the Organizing Committee of MENA Cinema Forum, followed by the opening keynote from the forum’s Strategic Partner, Cameron Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment.

Focusing on presenting bigger opportunities, being much larger in scale and richer in content MCF2019 will commence with the welcome remarks from Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner of Great Minds Events Management, the organizers, & Head of the Organizing Committee of MENA Cinema Forum, followed by the opening keynote from the forum’s Industrial Partner, Dubai Studio City’s Managing Director, Majed Al Suwaidi, followed by the forum’s Strategic Partner, Cameron Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment.
ABOUT MENA CINEMA FORUM:
MENA Cinema Forum the largest gathering platform of cinema industry experts from across the globe in the MENA region will be held for the second time presenting many new features across 3-days, from 22nd till the 24th of October 2019, in Dubai. The Forum will include a Conference, an Expo, an Awards Giving Ceremony, Workshops, Corporate Meetings, Film Slates, Screenings, Post Event Reception, and much more.

Organized by Great Minds Event Management, the second edition of the forum is offering bigger opportunities, being much larger in scale and richer in content, and designed to enhance the industry evolution through updates on regional projects and policies, technological and technical advancements and best practices in next generation of customer experience and engagement, through a mixture of various content and mediums.

The inaugural edition that took place in October 2018 gathered over 600 experts from 45 countries from across the cinema industry supply chain. The 2019 edition will build on the inaugural edition gathering over 60 speakers and 800 experts, from 50 countries, requiring building the event on 2 levels at Conrad Dubai, to host the conference sessions in one and 100 exhibitors will showcase their products and technologies, in the other. The exhibition floor will host a series of Cinema industry talks as well, focused in the first day on Building Materials and Design, and on technology in the second day.

MENA Cinema Forum will host an Expo for the second time following the great success of last year’s round. Planning to organize the largest exhibitions of its kind in the region, and amongst one the largest cinema expos globally, as the exhibition floor will include over 100 stands showcasing the latest technologies, material and equipment in the cinema industry and entertainment space.

Moreover, introducing interesting and interactive attractions including but not limited to floor talks, product demos, themed entertainment, mini screenings, an Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality zones, rest and refreshment parlors.

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