Virtual Cannes Market: Arab Cinema Centre and Telescope Film launch database of Arab films

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Jun 2020

Motored by the Arab Cinema Centre, the initiative is a microsite held within the Telescope Film website


Within the Virtual Cannes Market's events, and aiming to expand the scope of the Arab cinema's exposure internationally, Telescope Film announced the launch of Arab Cinema Centre's microsite.

Arab Films and Where to Find Them! is the opening motto for the new microsite, as it serves as a comprehensive English-language guide to Arab cinema.

According to information released by MAD Solutions, the Egyptian Pan-Arab promotional and distribution company "the site is a film guide for the Arab and international film audiences in the US to locate which Arab films are streaming on what platforms across the US."

The site covers Arab fiction films, documentaries and shorts. They are categorised as Box Office Hits; Next Award Please for the most award-winning films; Oscar Submissions for films which represented their countries in Academy Awards; Record It for remarkable documentaries and Short and Straight to the Point for short films.

Commenting on the new microsite Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, founders of the Arab Cinema Center said: "One of the biggest challenges that the Arab films face is not having a clear guide to where the audience can watch these films, that is why Telescope's initiative is necessary and we are so glad to collaborate with them on this. We look forward to exploring more ideas and projects with them that help in promoting Arab cinema globally."

Telescope Film is an international films database which comprises of over 450,000 titles allowing the users to search the films and filter them by title, director, country, language, and genre. The website also provides over 100 streaming services as well as curation, customization, among other features

Arab Cinema Centre's microsite is third such collaboration for Telescope Film, in addition to partnerships with German Films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world.

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