A Son, You Will Die at Twenty and All This Victory Seven Awards Won by Art Films at Venice Film Festival

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Published September 10th, 2019 - 12:18 GMT
Organized by MAD Solutions, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) this year celebrates its fifth year since its inception in 2015.
Organized by MAD Solutions, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) this year celebrates its fifth year since its inception in 2015.
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A Son by director Mehdi Barsaoui competed in the Horizons section, and its lead Sami Bouajila won the Best Actor Award.

Three Arab films co-produced by the Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) won 7 awards at the Venice Film Festival, in addition to landing their world premiere at the festival as well. The films are A Son (Tunisia) by director Mehdi Barsaoui, You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan) by director Amjad Abu Alaa and All This Victory (Lebanon) by director Ahmad Ghossein. 

A Son by director Mehdi Barsaoui competed in the Horizons section, and its lead Sami Bouajila won the Best Actor Award. You Will Die at Twenty and All This Victory won three awards each. After competing in Venice Days, Amjad Abu Alaa's film won the Lion of the Future - "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film and the Advantage Award for being the most influential African film in the festival, in addition to a USD 100,000 grant by Filmauro.

All This Victory by director Ahmad Ghossein competed in the Critics' Week section, and won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award, in addition to the Best Technical Contribution award after transforming the sound into a sixth lead alongside the five main leads.

ART attended the Venice International Film Festival, along with Arab Cinema Center (ACC) which aims every year to be present with it partners at more than 20 international film festivals and markets.

Organized by MAD Solutions, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) this year celebrates its fifth year since its inception in 2015. A non-profit organization registered in Amsterdam, the ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. The ACC's activities vary between film market main wings, introduction and networking sessions for Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

Furthermore, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.

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. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions.

The Arab Cinema Center announced the launch of the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic. The festival aims to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry, flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.

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MAD Solutions is the first Pan-Arab independent studio and fully integrative marketing and creative consultancy for the Arab film and Entertainment Industry. Under the umbrella of MAD Solutions, the studio is supported by five pillars: MAD Marketing, MAD Content, MAD Distribution, MAD Culture and MAD Celebrity, which together are helping to usher in an exciting new generation of Arab filmmakers and entertainment talent.

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