60 speakers and 800 industry experts head to the MENA Cinema Forum in Dubai

60 speakers and 800 industry experts head to the MENA Cinema Forum in Dubai
Published: 9 May 2019 - 8:35 a.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

MENA Cinema Forum is the largest gathering platform of cinema industry experts from across the globe in the MENA region and 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 Ceremony, Workshops, Corporate Meetings, Film Slates, Screenings, Post Event Receptions and much more.

Organized by Great Minds Event Management, the second edition of the forum is 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 in cinemas and best practices in next generation of customer experience and engagement, through a mixture of various content and mediums.

“We are glad to announce Vox Cinemas as the Forum’s strategic partner, and proud that the forum continues to gain the attention of regional and international cinema industry mega players, to join the conversations and contribute to changing the cinema landscape in the MENA region,” said Leila Masinaei, managing partner of Great Minds Event Management.

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 the 100+ exhibitors will showcase their products and technologies, on 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. Day 3, which is the most important day of the event, will focus on regional content production and promote the best practices in this field and encourage regional and international collaborations.

A series of 6 masterclasses will address critical topics such as film financing, script writing, production and acting, catered to professionals and newcomers alike.

The conference will be led by global leaders and covering key critical issues and topics in the region.

Keynotes, technical presentations, panel discussions and live debates chaired by Jan Runge, MENA Cinema Chairman & Advisor, and speaking in it; Cameron Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment, Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas, Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Manager KSA, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, Toni El Massih Chief Content Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, Asim Altokhais, Co-Founder and Award-winning screenwriter and script consultant at 3rd action incorporation, and the strategic screenwriting partner of CINEMA Forum, Amer Bin Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Knauf, Middle East and India, Gianluca Chakra, Managing Partner, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, and Abdulaziz Almuzaini, Co-Founder and CEO, Myrkott Animation Studio, among other industry leaders.

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