Fortress Film Clinic chief eyes 5-6 Arab movies per year

JV set up to improve standards in Arab movie making unveils film portfolio for this year
Fortress Film Clinic chief eyes 5-6 Arab movies per year
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By Staff writer
Fri 21 Aug 2015 09:05 AM

Fortress Film Clinic, a joint venture set up to help improve standards in Arab movie making, has said it aims to produce up to six films a year as it unveils its first projects.

The JV between Fortress Capital Investments, an investment firm in the Middle East region, and Film Clinic has unveiled its 2015 portfolio including Arab Idol by the Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad.

Mohamed Hefzy, head of Fortress Film Clinic, said: "Fortress Film Clinic was launched to support local and Arab films and filmmakers to attain international standards in film productions and thus elevate the region's position as a global hub for film and TV productions.

"Our new productions are the first step in our contribution to a self-sustaining film industry, as part of our deep commitment to take the local film and television industry to the next level," he said.

The portfolio also includes Catch the Moon by Sameh Zoabi and Clash by Mohamed Diab, which will be an Egyptian, French, UAE co-production.

Fortress Film Clinic has also co-produced with Tarek El Ganainy's TVision, two TV series Al Ahd which was aired on MBC, ART and Al Nahar channel in Egypt and Al Boyout Asrar which was exclusively aired on OSN during Ramadan.

Hefzy said: "We aim to produce 5 to 6 films per year, targeting the international and regional markets, in addition, to producing high quality TV programming. Fortress Film Clinic is determined to identify and nurture young emerging talent, as well as actively support projects that thrill and entertain."

Hamed Mokhtar, managing partner at Fortress Capital Investments, added: "We think that our large scale investment is paying dividends with these new productions. We are positive Fortress Film Clinic will become an attractive option for global filmmakers wishing to base their productions in the region."

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