Archive for category United Arab Emirates

Guy Daleiden on the leaps in Luxembourg film industry and what the UAE could learn

Jessica Hill For an idea of what a future home-grown UAE film industry could look like, consider Luxembourg. The small European country has a population of only 550,000, of which the majority are expats — just like the UAE. But Luxembourg has been packing some punches in the international moviemaking arena. At last year’s Oscars, […]

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Fortress Film Clinic set to storm the Middle East Production Industry with impressive lineup of premium productions during 2015

Dubai, UAE, 18 August 2015: Fortress Film Clinic, a joint venture between Fortress Capital Investments, a leading investment firm in the Middle East region, and the 10 year production company, Film Clinic, has lined up impressive mega productions that are set to herald a new era in the visual media production industry regionally. “Fortress Film […]

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Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 receives record number of film project submissions

JASON LEMON  Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning film scene appears to be growing rapidly with a record number of submissions seeking funding from twofour54 media and entertainment hub. In total, 178 applications seeking funding were submitted for the 2015 session of Sanad, an Abu Dhabi initiative offering film grants to Arab filmmakers. Filmmakers seeking funding through the initiative can […]

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Firms sign JV deal to raise standards in Arab film making

Fortress Capital Investments, an investment firm operating in the Middle East, has announced a collaboration with Film Clinic, a production company, to set up a joint venture company to help improve standards in Arab movie making. Fortress Film Clinic will scale up investments in the near future and the new business unit will be headed […]

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Why Abu Dhabi is the production hub of choice for Bollywood filmmakers

Abu Dhabi has become the Middle Eastern production hub of choice for filmmakers – in fact it was the only Middle Eastern city to be listed in the top international filming locations in 2014 by P3 magazine. Bollywood movies like Bang Bang and Baby, Hollywood movies Furious 7 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, TV series Bold and the Beautiful, BBC’s Top Gear and […]

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Cannes Market and Dubai Film Market Promote Arab Cinema with Works-In-Progress

By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz The Marché du Film (Cannes Film Market), in partnership with the Dubai Film Market (DFM), will present an exclusive screening of five Arab films in post-production amongst the works-in-progress line-up at this year’s Cannes Film Festiva The Marché du Film (Cannes Film Market), in partnership with the Dubai Film Market (DFM), […]

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Abu Dhabi Shutters Film Festival In Revamp, Earmarks $100M To Local Film & TV Production

by Ali Jaafar EXCLUSIVE: Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority is restructuring its film operations, earmarking more than $100 million to spend over the next five years directly on film and TV production in Abu Dhabi, and shutting down the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The move to cancel the festival will not affect the operations of the Sanad film fund, […]

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Indian film industry could do with UAE investor help

BY MANOJ NAIR, ASSOCIATE EDITOR Dubai: Dubai and Abu Dhabi have rolled out red carpets for star-studded premieres and as locations for any number of potboilers churned out by the Bollywood factory. Now, a top Indian film-maker, Tigmanshu Dhulia, wants the UAE to be even more generous in their exposure to Indian films. Dhulia — […]

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From film to fashion, Dubai bids to be creative capital for Arab world

BY ANDREW TORCHIA (Reuters) – Move over, Cairo, Beirut and Casablanca. Dubai is launching a drive to become one of the Arab world’s top centres for art, design, film and fashion – areas that have traditionally been dominated by old Arab cities outside the Gulf. Success is not certain. The wealthy emirate is much better known […]

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‘Furious 7′ a big boost to UAE film industry, says team behind Abu Dhabi shoot

The ‘Furious 7’ production and cast visited our sunny shores to shoot some key action scenes. UAE-based companies, background actors and staff were tapped to help with the Abu Dhabi production. According to Miranda Davidson, CEO of Miranda Davidson Studios, they’ve casted 200 local extras of different ages and nationalities for the film. Real estate […]

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