THE ONLY DEDICATED CINEMA
CONVENTION IN THE META REGION

11th - 12th November 2024

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Event Overview

After groundbreaking successes of the previous editions, we are excited to announce the 7th META Cinema Forum 2024, the premier cinema convention for the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, where industry leaders converge to explore the future of cinema in emerging markets. The cinema industry in the MEA region has seen remarkable growth, with box office revenues increasing by 20% annually and over 50 new cinemas opening each year. This year’s forum promises to be our most comprehensive yet, featuring in-depth sessions on the latest statistics in cinema construction and infrastructure, updates on major cinema projects across the MENA region, and exclusive insights into box office trends.

This year, attendees will delve into advancements in cinema technology, explore the evolution of cinema architecture and mixed-use spaces, and participate in interactive industry insights sessions. Highlights include studio product presentations, special movie premieres, and the prestigious META Cinema Awards. Engage with top industry players, discover innovative solutions, and gain invaluable knowledge to stay ahead in the dynamic and rapidly growing cinema landscape. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the transformation shaping the future of cinema in the MEA region!

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Market News and Updates

in the Cinema Industry

Box Office Growth

The MEA region's box office revenues have been growing at an annual rate of 20%, reflecting a robust demand for cinema entertainment.

Cinema Openings

Over 50 new cinemas are opening each year across the MEA region, indicating strong investment in cinema infrastructure.

Audience Numbers

Cinema attendance has surged by 25% in the last five years, driven by a mix of local and international content.

Revenue Projections

The cinema market in the MEA region is projected to reach $3 billion by 2025, showcasing significant growth potential.

Upcoming Cinema Projects

AMC is planning to open 50 new cinemas in Saudi Arabia by 2025, as part of its commitment to the region’s entertainment sector.
VOX is expanding its footprint with several new locations across Saudi Arabia and Egypt, aiming to add 100 new screens by the end of 2024.
Cinepolis is set to launch 20 new cinemas in the UAE and Oman, focusing on luxury cinema experiences.
Roxy is expanding with new locations in Dubai, featuring state-of-the-art technology and VIP amenities.
Muvi is developing a new flagship cinema in Riyadh, which will be one of the largest in the region, featuring over 20 screens.
Star Cinemas (Lulu Project) is collaborating with Lulu Group to open new multiplexes in shopping malls across the GCC, enhancing accessibility to cinema entertainment.

2023 Strategic Cinema Partner

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Testimonials

“I've been involved in this event really much since the start, many years ago and very excited to see how it's grown. The number of people who are here today is fantastic, literally hundreds of people from across the industry, producers, content creators, solution providers, consultants, everybody you can think of who's got anything to do with cinema. Everyone has come here today to listen to a very wide range of topics, from content creation to strategies, financial implementation, future technology, and pretty much everything in between. So if you've got time, it would be great to see you. If not, hope to see you at the next event because this event is already pretty full. You might struggle to get a ticket. See you next time”

Paul Schwartz 6th META Cinema Forum Chairman, Director of the Dubai Acoustic Research Laboratory and Chairman of the Middle East Acoustic Society

“I’d like to extend my great appreciation and respect for Ms. Leila Masinaei’s relentless work to make this happen, and for the great organization and the rich participation of the industry’s experts which was quite educational for me, as well. Thank you and the META CINEMA FORUM team for making this happen.”

Bassam A. Hajjawi President/CEO NearEast Production and Board Member Royal Film

“I'm really delighted to be here at the 6th META Cinema Forum. We have been here since the first edition and it's growing every year and it's really an interesting spot to learn about the market and to be able to discuss many opportunities, especially in this part of the world.”

Friedrich (Fritz) Deininger Senior Director for Partnerships and Dolby Cinema for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India

“It's a pleasure to be here at the 6th META Cinema Forum. It's been great to see the high level of suppliers here from the industry, being able to meet with old friends and also hearing the latest trends both in terms of the exhibition side as well as the film ecosystem through distribution and production. Really looking forward to another successful event coming up next year and to be part of it once more.”

Aidan Quinn CEO of Movie Cinemas

“ I'm very happy to be here at the 6th META Cinema Forum. A lot of people, a lot of activity, a lot of exhibitors, a lot of interesting panels. Today is day one, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the forum goes”

Hans Fraikin International global film and television and media advisor

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here for the 6th META Cinema Forum. I'm really pleased to see that this event is growing in size and relevance year on year for our industry. It's turning into a really key date on our calendar each year. We're focusing this year on the importance of customer experience and elevating the cinema going experience for customers. We're operating in a completely different place to what we did pre-2020 and it's important now that we look not only at movies but more and more at the relevance of the customer experience and drawing people back to cinemas.”

Murray Rea Director of Roxy Cinemas, Dubai Holding

“It's great to be here to meet a lot of filmmakers, producers, distributors and new technology that is coming up for cinema and get introduced to them. I think this really helps filmmakers to understand how you can enhance your technological arm and tell your stories in a better way. And thank you META Cinema Forum team for doing this and looking forward to more interactions.”

Abhishek Jain Founder of Cinema and Productions Limited and Co-Founder of Oho Gujarati OTT Platform - India.

“Congratulations to the GM team who have put together another wonderful event. This is not my first time here. It's been many years, but each year successively gets better, gets far more interactive. The presentations and all the panelists keep on improving each year. So, it really is a wonderful initiative as the cinema industry reemerges from the pandemic. And yes, while we do have new challenges, we are very confident in the future of cinema. I represent a family legacy that's been involved in the cinema and media industry for 85 years."

AB Moosa CEO Avalon Group, South Africa

EVENT FEATURES

Convention/
Tradeshow
Floor

Conference

Product
Presentations
Slates

Special
Screenings
Premieres

Workshops/
Masterclasses


Awards

Receptions
Networking
Activities

Dedicated
Meeting
Area

TOP REASONS TO ATTEND

Why The Cinema Industry Converges at META Cinema Forum

Emerging Market Focus

META Cinema Forum is the leading convention specifically tailored for emerging cinema markets.

Diverse Stakeholder Engagement

The forum brings together a wide range of cinema stakeholders from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the CIS region, fostering collaboration, networking, and partnerships on a global scale.

Comprehensive Program

The forum brings together a wide range of cinema stakeholders from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the CIS region, fostering collaboration, networking, and partnerships on a global scale.

Global Reach

The forum brings together a wide range of cinema stakeholders from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the CIS region, fostering collaboration, networking, and partnerships on a global scale.

Innovative Solutions and Technologies

Exhibitors and presenters showcase the latest innovations, technologies, and solutions shaping the future of the cinema industry, offering attendees a glimpse into the next generation of cinema experiences.

Knowledge Sharing and Learning

The forum hosts thought-provoking discussions, presentations, and workshops by industry experts, providing attendees with valuable insights, trends, and best practices to enhance their professional growth and development.

Exclusive Networking Opportunities

With dedicated meeting areas, receptions, and networking activities, the forum offers ample opportunities for attendees to connect, collaborate, and build relationships with industry peers, decision-makers, and potential partners.

Black Tie Awards Ceremony

The glamorous awards ceremony recognizes and celebrates excellence and innovation in the cinema industry, honoring outstanding achievements and contributions of industry professionals and organizations.

Strategic Partnerships and Investment Opportunities

The forum facilitates strategic partnerships, collaborations, and investment opportunities, connecting investors, distributors, producers, and content creators to foster growth, expansion, and development in the cinema sector.

Positioning at the Forefront of Industry Developments

By attending META Cinema Forum, industry professionals and organizations can stay updated on the latest trends, developments, and opportunities in the cinema industry, positioning themselves at the forefront of industry advancements and future growth.

Delegate Demographics

SPEAKERS

Leila Masinaei

META Cinema Forum Director

Great Minds Event Management LLC

Jeff Waaland

President

Golden Link Inc

Yassine Kodadi

Co-founder

CINESync Exhibitor Software

Adil Memon

Executive Vice President

Zee Entertainment Middle East

Agenda 

  • Day 1 | 11 Nov 2024
  • Day 2 | 12 Nov 2024

Day 1 Theme: The infrastructure and Cinema Enhancements

Time

Session

Location

8:00

Registration Opens

Trade Show Opens

Morning Refreshments

08:30

Cinema Exhibitors VIP Breakfast

09:30

META Cinema Opening Ceremony

09:45

Welcome Remarks from Host Sponsor

10:00

Presentation: Cinema Industry Facts and Stats

10:20

Project Updates: Updates on Cinema Projects in the Middle East Market: New launches, renovations and innovation insights

11:20

Trade Show

Networking Refreshments

12:20

Panel Discussion: Enhanced Viewing Experiences

13:20

Presentation: Reserved for Rezco

13:30

Panel Discussion: Technological Innovations

14:30

Trade Show

Networking Lunch

15:30

Shuttle Bus Departure to Cinema

16:00

Studio Product Presentation 1

17:00

Studio Product Presentation 2

18:00

Shuttle Bus Return to Venue

18:30

Cocktail Reception

19:00

META Cinema Awards

20:00

META Cinema Afterparty

22:00

End of Day 1

Day 2 Theme: Increased Revenue across the Value Chain

Time

Session

Location

8:00

Registration Opens

Trade Show Opens

Morning Refreshments

08:30

Studios and Distributors VIP Breakfast

09:25

Welcome Remarks from Conference Chairman

09:30

Panel Discussion: Role of Government and New Strategies in Creating a Wholistic Film Culture: Ways to Support the Movie Industry and the Overall Creative Economy

10:30

Panel Discussion: Content Diversification

Panellist:

11:30

Trade Show

Networking Refreshments

12:30

Presentation: Movie Merchandise: The 3 Pillars to Success

Speaker:

12:40

Panel Discussion: Enhanced Concessions and Retail

Panellists:

13:30

Enhancing customer loyalty and operational performance of your cinema through robust cinema management software solutions

Speaker:

13:40

Panel Discussion: Data-Driven Marketing and Personalization

Panellists:

14:40

Conference Wrap up by Chairman

14:45

Trade Show

Networking Lunch

16:00

Shuttle Bus Departure to Cinema

16:30

Studio Product Presentation 1

17:30

Studio Product Presentation 2

18:30

Special Film Screening

21:00

Shuttle Bus Return to Venue

Hear What The Experts Have to Say

2023 CINEMA & INDUSTRY Partners

STUDIO AND DISTRIBUTION Partners

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Official Concession Partner
Official Seating Partner
Official Ticketing Partner
Strategic Cinema Screens Partner
Associate Sponsor
Strategic Sponsor
Strategic Sponsor
Strategic Sponsor
Strategic Sponsor
Strategic Sponsor
Strategic Sponsor
Strategic Sponsor
Industry Partner

As we reflect on the outstanding success of the 6th Meta Cinema Forum, we are already gearing up for the next edition, and we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to elevate your brand to new heights!

The META Cinema Forum has established itself as the largest and most influential cinema convention, consistently drawing industry leaders, stakeholders, and decision makers from across the globe. As a valued sponsor, you’ve witnessed firsthand the power of this forum to connect with a diverse and engaged audience.

We are thrilled to invite you to secure your exhibition space for the 7th META Cinema Forum, ensuring your brand stands out in the spotlight. Our exhibition spaces provide the perfect platform to showcase your products, services, and innovations to a targeted and influential audience from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the CIS region.

By booking your exhibition space early, you’ll enjoy several benefits, including:

Prime Visibility: Choose the location that best suits your brand and ensure maximum visibility among key industry players.

Exclusive Networking: Access dedicated meeting areas to connect with potential clients, partners, and collaborators in a focused and professional environment.

Enhanced Brand Recognition: Be prominently featured in our pre-event marketing materials, reaching a wide audience and creating buzz around your participation.

Customized Sponsorship Packages: Tailor your sponsorship to meet your specific marketing goals and objectives, ensuring a strategic fit for your brand.

Don’t miss the chance to be at the forefront of the cinema industry’s future. By reserving your exhibition space now, you position your brand for success in the coming year.

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Head of Sales
partnerships@gmevents.ae

MEDIA PARTNER

Project Intelligence Partner

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You may purchase your ticket at the event registration counter on the 1st day of the event.
Please refer to the agenda for timings.

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META Cinema Forum continues to grow in terms of content, diversification, networking and business opportunities. Attendance at the event can now be secured from 2 tiers of tickets for delegates, or sponsorship opportunities. To book a stand at the trade show or to learn about the sponsorship opportunities, contact partnerships@gmevents.ae

META Cinema Forum continues to grow in terms of content, diversification, networking and business opportunities. Attendance at the event can now be secured from 2 tiers of tickets for delegates, or sponsorship opportunities. To book a stand at the trade show or to learn about the sponsorship opportunities, contact partnerships@gmevents.ae

Select complimentary tickets are available for program and event partners. To partner with the event and avail of complimentary tickets, please contact the Program Director leila.masinaei@gmevents.ae
Select complimentary tickets are available for program and event partners. To partner with the event and avail of complimentary tickets, please contact the Program Director leila.masinaei@gmevents.ae

Paid delegate passes can only be secured after the payment is processed via a credit card. Please note that only completing the registration form will not secure a delegate pass for this event. If you do not have access to a credit card and wish to register through other payment methods, or wish for a member of our team to contact you and answer your questions before completing your registration process, please send us an email at  partnerships@gmevents.ae with your details and the name of the event and we will contact you as soon as received. 

Once you have completed the registration and payment process, please do check your spam/junk folder in case our system generated confirmations are not delivered to your inbox.

Paid delegate passes can only be secured after the payment is processed via a credit card. Please note that only completing the registration form will not secure a delegate pass for this event. If you do not have access to a credit card and wish to register through other payment methods, or wish for a member of our team to contact you and answer your questions before completing your registration process, please send us an email at  partnerships@gmevents.ae with your details and the name of the event and we will contact you as soon as received. 

Once you have completed the registration and payment process, please do check your spam/junk folder in case our system generated confirmations are not delivered to your inbox.











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