Image Nation Abu Dhabi has been recognised for its Outstanding Contribution to Regional Media by leading business publication Capital Finance International (CFI). This is the second time they have won this award, with CFI having previously presented Image Nation in 2016.
The CFI awards judges panel commended Image Nation for its initiatives to shape the region’s emerging film and TV industries by nurturing talent, contributing to economic development and producing high-quality, creative local projects. The critical and commercial success of Image Nation’s projects was praised by the judges, particularly the success of its landmark 18-part legal drama series Justice, which has brought local talent together with leading Hollywood producers and screenwriters.
In awarding Image Nation this recognition, the judges highlighted the significance of Image Nation’s expansion into the growing Saudi Arabian market. Earlier this year, it was announced that Image Nation would partner with O3 Productions, the drama and film production arm of MBC Group, to co-finance and co-produce a slate of four Saudi feature films.
Michael Garin, Chief Executive Officer, Image Nation expressed his delight at the award: “Image Nation has built its reputation on breaking boundaries and unleashing imagination through our sustained track record of award-winning films, TV programmes, documentaries and entertainment success. This accolade is a testament to our commitment to build an industry in the region, and, thanks to the continued support of Abu Dhabi leadership, we continue to pioneer the film and entertainment sector. Our commitment to train and inspire people is a fundamental element of our mandate, alongside our creative, high-quality projects. We are delighted that the impact of these ambitious aims has been recognized through this award.”
Through close cooperation and partnerships, Image Nation is shaping a new and competitive industry which offers exciting opportunities to investors, professionals, and consumers, and has successfully placed the region’s media industry on a global platform,” continued Garin.
The award also recognises Image Nation’s commitment to supporting local and regional talent. The company is involved in industry training initiatives, with ongoing internship opportunities and its renowned Arab Film Studio (AFS) program, now in its sixth year. Films in the AFS program have been selected by more than 200 international film festivals, picking up numerous awards and accolades along the way.