Dubai: More than 50 delegates from not only the cinema sector but other real estate big players, will be attending The MENA Cinema Forum 2018 – the first and only regional business conference on the cinema industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that will focus on the growth opportunities of the region’s cinema industry, according to a press release.
A number of key players from several industries such as Dubai Creative Clusters Authority chairman Jamal Al Sharif, General Commission for Audiovisual Media CEO Bader Alzahrani, Alhokair Group deputy CEO & GM of Entertainment Mishal Al Hokair, Al Tayer Group business planning manager Rahul Bekal, Fox Middle East managing director Luke Verte, Paramount VP - EMEA distribution Yit-Ching Lee, will lead discussions on investment in cinema industry, current trends, future of the cinema industry in this region, at the forthcoming MENA Cinema Forum, to be held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai on October 28 and 29.
The opening ceremony will begin with keynote speeches by Leila Masinaei, managing director of GM Events, and Jan Runge, independent advisor, Cinema Strategy and Implementation.
Renowned cinema industry experts such as Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas CEO Cameron Mitchell, Cinepolis Gulf/Gulf Entertainment CEO Ashish Shukla, Novo Cinemas CEO Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Knauf, Middle East and India CEO Amer Bin Ahmed, PwC Middle East Partner and Global Deals Real Estate Leader Dr Martin Berlin, New Art Line For Media & Cinema Production CEO Dr Amr Ismail Hegazy, Expansions, Cinepolis KSA general manager Rashed Al Osail and Carnival Cinemas managing director P V Sunil will be the main speakers at the forum emphasising on the future of cinema industry and how best strategies, constructions, materials will enrich the sector.
“We are proud to be the organiser of MENA Cinema Forum 2018. We expect it to be a benchmark cinema industry event for the region, which will help the stakeholders to understand the market pulse and connect the cinema industry on an annual basis in the MENA region,” said Ms Masinaei.
“MENA Cinema Forum will serve as a unique platform to promote investment in cinema sectors, fostering partnerships with different stakeholders of cinema, as well as provide a direct meeting point with the delegates. Top management of different stakeholder companies of cinema industry will attend the event to invest and to meet investors to discuss mutual co-operation.
“The forum will give great opportunities to the attendees and update them about latest trends in the cinema sector.”
The two-day forum will cover several topics with interactive presentations, interviews and discussions on regional investments on cinema industry, which will be facilitated by the global experts. The economic impact of the growing cinema market in the MENA region, the effect of the Saudi cinema market/expansion across the region and the industry, how all stakeholders can sync efforts to build a successful industry, how to design and construct cinema theatres and current global trends in cinema industry will also be covered.