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DSC explores co-production opportunities with Italian Film industry at DIFF

Dubai Studio City leveraged the forum of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) to explore co-production opportunities with a high-profile delegation from the Italian film industry.

Dubai Studio City leveraged the forum of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) to explore co-production opportunities with a high-profile delegation from the Italian film industry.

Dubai Studio City’s discussions came as part of an industry workshop held under the theme ‘Co-Producing with Italy-Creating without Boundaries: Italy & the Arab World’. Participants included representatives from Arab and Italian film industries, top executives of Dubai’s audiovisual entities and Italian government officials.

Moderated by Silvia Bizio of La Republica, the session brought together panelists including Hon. Francesco Maria Giro, Undersecretary of State to the Minister of Culture and Cultural Heritage, Italy; Gaetano Blandini, director general of Cinema in Italy; Jamal Al Sharif, executive director of Dubai Studio City; Nayla Al Khaja of D-Seven Motion Pictures; Simon El-Habre, director of ‘The One Man Village’; Ibrahim El – Batout, director of ‘Eye of the Sun’; Pertro Letto from Cinecitta Studios SpA; Alessandra Priante of Cinecitta Holding; Marco Valerio Pugini, Producer of ‘PA-RA-DA’; and Alessandro Usai from Mikado SpA.

“The panel was an effort to interact with our Italian counterparts and understand how professionals from the two cultures can create a common language through the medium of films,” commented Studio City’s Al Sharif. “We explored co-production partnership opportunities from a legal and practical standpoint. The forum also provided an opportunity for the Italian film professionals to gain an insight into the regional industry.

“In addition, we showcased the location-specific advantages Dubai offers to international filmmakers. We have invited them to come to the emirate for commercial, television or cinema production, and assured them of the support of our Location Approval Services (LAS) department.”