The Abu Dhabi pavilion hosted the launch of the latest edition of the International Film Guide at Cannes as the Middle East’s filmmaking-royalty gathered to mark the occasion.
The Guide, which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, provides information on all the major industry events including content markets and festivals.
During the Cannes festival the Abu Dhabi Film Commission has been promoting the development processes of the film industry in the Middle East and Arab World with representatives from Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Saudi Arabia present. These included the international director of Al Noor Holdings, Raja Sharif, Jamal Al Sharif, managing director of Dubai Studio City and Media City as well as high-profile directors and producers from the region including Ali Mostafa and Amin Matalqa.
Wayne Borg COO of Abu Dhabi media precinct twofour54 was also present along with ADMC CEO Edward Borgerding.
Among the 1000 international guests were Hyde Park Entertainment chief Ashok Amritraj and Larry Brownall, CEO of the Association of Film Commissioners International.
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Back row: Lebanese director Chadi Zein, Jordanian director Anna-Marie Jasser, Palestinian director Mai Masri, Jordanian director Amin Matalqa, Emirati director Ali Mostafa, Emirati director Mohammed Al Otaiba, and director of Abu Dhabi Film Commission David Shepheard.
Front row: Director of special projects in the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage Eissa Saif Al Mazrouei, Emirati director Majid Ansari, executive director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Peter Scarlet, Marie-Pierre Massia from Abu Dhabi Film Festival, author Claire Al Naber Matalqa, Linda Mutawa from the Royal Film Commission in Jordan, Marcelle Aleid from the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Saudi director Haifa Al Mansour, Saudi producer Salaam Drouzah, and author Brad Niemann.