Med-Screen has taken part in the Eurasia Film Market – opened for the first time in Turkey – during the 2nd Eurasia Film Festival, which gathered more than 2000 guests and runned in conjunction with the famous Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival on 16-23 September 2006.
Med-Screen, as part of its ‘Arab Film Weeks’ initiative, presented four recently produced films at the festivals, each screened twice to maximise audiences: Heaven's Doors, from Morocco by Swel Noury and Imad Noury, 2006; Bosta, from Lebanon by Philippe Aractingi, 2005; and two Egyptian films: Kiss me not on the Eyes, produced by Jocelyne Saab in 2004 and Yacoubian Building, produced by Marwan Hamed in 2006.
Med-Screen also promoted these films in the Eurasia Film Market by presenting DVDs to potential buyers, both for commercial distribution as well as for TV sales. During the market, which attracts approximately 1000 professionals from the film industry, production meetings were organised to initiate exchange between filmmakers and investors for possible future co-productions and creative collaborations.
In parallel to the Antalya Arab Film Week, Med-Screen has organised succesfully in Beirut the first major cultural activity after the war. 26 European and Mediterranean films were screened in two cinemas on 16-23 September, during the Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya Festival.
The Seville Film Festival and Stockholm Film Festival will be the venues for the next ‘Arab Film Weeks’ organised by Med-Screen, a project which aims to promote the cinema of eight Arab countries of the MEDA region. The project is funded by the European Union within the Euromed Audiovisual II programme.