META Cinema Forum Awards 2021

Eight Winners bag the highest industry awards at the META Cinema Forum Awards 2021 for their outstanding achievements

VOX Cinema’s US$171.7 million box office revenue represents more than 21 percent of the US$800 million box office revenue expected in the Middle East in 2021, according to research by Omdia

Press Release

Date: Dubai, October 28, 2021

VOX Cinemas won the Highest Grossing Exhibitor in The Middle East 2020-21 award at the MENA Cinema Forum Awards for generated revenue of US$171.7 million in the Middle East from October 2020 to October 2021.

Eight winners were honoured with the highest industry accolades at the META Cinema Forum Awards for their achievements – based on the numbers collated from industry sources – making it the most authentic industry awards based on performance. Two of the awards were presented by META Cinema Forum while the rest 6 were presented by Comscore.

Vox Cinema’s US$171.7 million box office revenue is more than 21 percent of the US$800 million box office revenue estimated in the Middle East this year, according to research by Omdia, presented at the 4th META Cinema Forum – the largest cinema convention in the Middle East and Africa.

Cinemarine Cinemas won the Exhibitor of the Pandemic Period of Turkey. Cenk Sezgin, Chief Executive Officer, Cinemarine Cinemas, received the award for his organisation.

Murat Cemcir, Enterprising investor, Producer, Artist, was adjudged the Fastest Box Office Success in a Very Short Seasonal Period in Turkey. His organisation saw 21 million in addmission and TL226 million Turkish Lira boxoffice revenue in 10 movies.

Four Star Filmswon the Highest-grossing English Title in the Middle East 2020-21for Fast & Furious 9 with box office revenue reaching US$16.98 million in the Middle East.

Empire Entertainment and Orient Films won the Highest-Grossing Arabic Title in the Middle East 2020-21–for WaafetReggaala, which generated US$15.08 million box office revenue in the Middle East.

Film One won the award in the Highest-Grossing Title in Africa 2020-21 category for Omo Ghetto: The Saga, with box office revenue reaching US$1.66 million in West Africa.

Muvi Cinemas won the Exhibitor of the Year 2020-21award for its recent accomplishments in growth and development during a period of great uncertainty having established121 screens over 13 locations across Saudi Arabia.

Eagle Films won the Distributor of the Year 2020-21 in recognition of the support and dedication to deliver a pipeline of quality films during a period of risk and instability having more than 46 most films released during October 2020 – to October 2021 – including Wrath of Man and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.

Unlike other industry awards that are based on either corporate marketing presentations, public perception or jury nominations, META Cinema Forum Awards is based on pure numbers that puts them at the top of the ranking in each category where the names were chosen from.

Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Mind Events Management, said, “This is a true reflection of the best performance in each category in the film industry and we are pleased to honour them with their well-deserved awards.

“The numbers dictate who wins the awards. For example, Four Star Filmswon the Highest-grossing English Title in the Middle East 2020-21for Fast & Furious 9 that is based on the box office revenue figure, reaching US$16.98 million in the Middle East. No one can dispute its rank as top-grossing film in the region.

“As MENA Cinema Forum matures as the largest cinema convention in the Middle East and Africa, we want to make thing more transparent to ensure authenticity of the awards that are based on third-party research.”

Box office revenue in the Middle East is set to cross US$800 million in 2021, US$1 billion in 2022 and US$1.3 billion in 2024, recovering from US$250 million in 2020 – marking the fastest recovery in the world, according to research by Omdia.

More than 500 industry delegates, experts and participants discussed the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry stakeholdersat the META Cinema Forum. The three-day mega film industry conference takes place just a few weeks into Dubai Expo 2020 – the largest event in the Middle East and Africa region.

The Middle East and Africa region has one of the fastest growing entertainment industries in the world and governments are investing heavily to diversify economies and reduce dependency on a single economic sector.

The event brings all the stakeholders on a single platform to brainstorm the recovery of the industry and identify opportunities going forward. It will host seminars, awards, premieres of new movies, workshops and masterclasses, as well as showcasing new products and exclusive slate content presentations.

META Cinema Forum 2021 eight performers at the annual gala awards ceremony in which META Cinema Forum presented two awards while the rest 6 were presented by Comscore.

META Cinema Forum is backed by all the leading industry players. The event is supported by Pan-African Film Consortium while VOX Cinemas is once again Strategic Partner. Other leading exhibitors including MUVI Cinemas, Cinepolis Gulf, Novo Cinema, Cinemarine, StarzPlay, FimHouse Cinemas, Cinepax, ROXY Cinemas, Carnival Cinemas, Empire Cinemas and Women in Exhibition have also come on board as Cinema and Event Partners.

META Cinema Forum premieredGhost Busters– two weeks ahead of the release in the US! It also held a special screening of the timely movie – My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan, that was shown in the region for the first time. In addition to these, African films Room 5, Tutu, Aloeveraand Akorkoliwill bring the best of the African films to audiences.

Winners Take it All

CategoryWinner
Exhibitor of the Pandemic Period of TurkeyCinemarine Cinemas
Highest-grossing English Title in the Middle East Four Star Films
Highest-Grossing Arabic Title in the Middle EastEmpire Entertainment and Orient Films
Highest-Grossing Title in Africa 2020-21Film One for Omo Ghetto: The Saga
Exhibitor of the Year 2020-21Muvi Cinemas
Distributor of the Year 2020-21Eagle Films
Fastest Box Office Success in TurkeyMurat Cemcir
Highest Grossing Exhibitor in The Middle EastVOX Cinemas

Ends

Editor’s Notes

About META Cinema Forum

META Cinema Forum is the largest cinema convention, covering Middle East and African markets. The event has grown over the years to include more regions, more projects, more partners and become the single most important regional gathering for the cinema sector.

The 4th edition is back bigger and better than ever, with more sessions covering various markets in detail, an expanded convention floor, additional trainings, workshops, and of course a stronger lineup of slates, product presentations and film features.

To celebrate the recovery of the cinema industry post the pandemic era, many post event receptions and parties will allow for a fun filled casual networking for all stakeholders.

Media Contacts

NameArni DavidShayaree Islam
CompanyGreat Minds Events ManagementPan Asian Media
DesignationMarketing ManagerAccount Manager
AddressP.O. Box 454649, Dubai, UAEP.O. Box 39865, Dubai, UAE
Tel+9714 5687800+9714 2281021
Cell+97156 5376607+97152 1737484
Emailarni@gmevents.aes.islam@panasian1.com

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