Conference & Exhibition: Atlantis,
The Palm, Dubai
Film Screenings & Slate
Presentations: VOX Cinemas,
Nakheel Mall,
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
26-28 October 2021
Brochure Download THE ONLY DEDICATED CINEMA
CONVENTION IN THE
META REGION
Conference & Exhibition: Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Film Screenings & Slate Presentations: VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall,
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
26-28 October 2021
Register Now

Conference & Exhibition: Atlantis,
The Palm, Dubai
Film Screenings & Slate
Presentations: VOX Cinemas,
Nakheel Mall,
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
26-28 October 2021
Brochure Download THE ONLY DEDICATED CINEMA
CONVENTION IN THE
META REGION
Conference & Exhibition: Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Film Screenings & Slate Presentations: VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall,
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
26-28 October 2021
Register Now

PRESS COVERAGE

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Great Minds Group strictly adheres to all rules and regulations laid out by government authorities to ensure the health and safety of everyone at our events

 

WHO WE ARE

Now in its 4th edition, META Cinema Forum is the largest cinema convention, covering Middle East and African markets. The event has grown over the years to include more regions, more projects, more partners and become the single most important regional gathering for the cinema sector. The 4th edition is back bigger and better than ever, with more sessions covering various markets in detail, an expanded convention floor, additional trainings, workshops, and of course a stronger lineup of slates, product presentations and film features. To celebrate the recovery of the cinema sector post the pandemic era, many post event receptions and parties will allow for a fun filled casual networking for all stakeholders.

2021 INDUSTRY PARTNERS

 

STRATEGIC CINEMA PARTNER

AFRICA STRATEGIC PARTNER

 

CINEMA PARTNERS

 

STUDIO & DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS

Supporting Partner

 

SUPPORTING ASSOCIATION

 

 
 
 
 
 

PODCAST SERIES

 
 

EVENT FEATURES

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Convention/Exhibition Floor

Conference

Product Presentations/Slates

Special Screenings/Premieres


 

Workshops/ Masterclasses

Awards

Receptions/ Networking Activities

 

SPEAKERS

If you wish to join the elite line up of our 2021 speakers and panelist, please contact us on arvind@gmevents.ae

Jan Runge

META Cinema Chairman & Advisor


Leila Masinaei

Managing Partner,
Great Mind Events Management


Ignace Lahoud

Chief Executive Officer,
Majid Al Futtaim - Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas


John Sullivan

Founding Director,
The Big Picture Cinema Advisers



Andrew Such

Chief Executive Officer,
AMC Cinemas


Mohamed Al Hashemi

Country Head, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment, Cinemas and Lifestyle


Adon Quinn

Chief Operating Officer,
Muvi Cinemas


Alejandro Aguilera Garibay

Chief Executive Officer,
Cinepolis Gulf



Cenk Sezgin

Chief Executive Officer, Cinemarine Cinemas, Chairman, CineBodrum Summit and Bodrum Turkish Film Week


Naaser Sawaf

Acting General Manager, 
Novo Cinemas UAE & Bahrain


Gino Hadad

Chief Executive Officer,
Empire Cinemas


Victoria Lynn

General Manager – Attractions,
Dubai Holding Entertainment



Sunil Puthan Veettil

Managing Director,
Carnival Cinemas


Arif Baig Mohamed

Chairman,
Cinepax Group


Mykel Parish Ajaere

President,
Pan African Film Consortium


Moses Babatope

Co-founder, Group Executive Director/Managing Director FilmOne, The Filmhouse Group - Filmhouse Cinemas - FilmOne Entertainment



Hassan Javed

Senior Marketing Manager, Cinepax


Muslim Jaffer

Chief Executive Officer, Century Cinemax


Funmilayo Marian Onuma

Country Manager, Silverbird Cinemas Ghana


Pablo Carrera

Lead Consultant, Media and Entertainment, Omdia



Gianluca Chakra

Managing Partner,
Front Row Filmed Entertainment


Toni El Massih

Chief Content Officer,
VOX Cinemas


Mahmoud Mirza

Marketing Director,
Muvi Cinemas


Paul Schwarz

Partner & Principal,
Design Confidence – Acoustics



Charles-Edouard Renault

Partner,
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés


Phil Grabsky

Originator and Executive Producer of EXHIBITION ON SCREEN


Nicolas Chican

Co-founder, Ōma Cinema


Kumari Bakhru

Associate Producer, Morning Person Pictures



Friedrich Deininger

Sr. Director Cinema Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and RUCIS Dolby Laboratories


Serge Plasch

Chief Commercial Officer,Cinionic


Till Cussman

Managing Director, EMEA, Vista Group International Limited


Senior Representative

Cinetech



 

Guillaume Thomine Desmazures

Senior Vice President Sales & Strategy, Ice Theaters


AGENDA

Time (Dubai Time, GST) Activity Location
08:00 Registration Opens
Morning Refreshments
Exhibition Doors Open
Atlantis Ballroom
Foyer Atlantis
Ballrooms 1-2
09:15 Opening Ceremony
Welcome Note
  • * Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Mind Events Management
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
09:20 Welcome Note
  • * Jan Runge, META Cinema Chairman & Advisor
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
09:30 Keynote Speech
  • * Ignace Lahoud, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim - Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
09:45 Presentation: Key Cinema Statistics from META Markets and Beyond
  • * A look at the cinema statistics in the region during the pandemic, recovery stats and a glimpse into the future
  • * Pablo Carrera, Lead Consultant, Media and Entertainment, Omdia
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
10:00 Presentation: The rebirth of cinema
  • * What do cinemas need to in order to revive themselves?
  • * How can cinemas reimagine themselves? 
  • * A look at cinemas of the future
  • * John Sullivan, Founding Director, The Big Picture Cinema Advisers
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
10:15 Middle East Region Briefing: Projects and Updates from cinema operators in the Middle East region
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from VOX Cinemas
  • * Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Head, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment, Cinemas and Lifestyle
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Muvi Cinemas
  • * Adon Quinn, Chief Operating Officer, Muvi Cinemas
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Cinepolis Gulf
  • * Alejandro Aguilera Garibay, Chief Executive Officer, Cinepolis Gulf
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Roxy Cinemas
  • * Victoria Lynn, General Manager – Attractions, Dubai Holding Entertainment
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Empire Cinemas
  • * Gino Hadad, Chief Executive Officer, Empire Cinemas
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from AMC Cinemas
  • * Andrew Such, Chief Executive Officer, AMC Cinemas
  • * Joint Q&A Panel with all 5 Cinema Exhibitors
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
11:15 Presentation from Platinum Sponsor
Session Reserved for Event Platinum Sponsor
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
11:30 Official Opening of Exhibition
Networking Break and Refreshments 
Dedicated Exhibition Hour
Atlantis Ballrooms 1-2
12:30 Industry Insight Session: Getting the audience back into the cinema: Strategies, technologies and offerings to get the cinema goers back in the theatres.
  • * Cinema appetite: What do customers want next? Anticipating the future
  • * Creating omni-channel sales, marketing, and customer journey pathways
  • * Evolution of cinema food and its place in the industry
  • * Product and offering diversification 
  • * Technology as the driver to get people off the couch

*A two-minute info-clip by Appotronics on the available technologies
Speakers:
  • * Mahmoud Mirza, Marketing Director, Muvi Cinemas
  • * Naaser Sawaf, Acting General Manager,  Novo Cinemas UAE And Bahrain
  • * Friedrich Deininger, Sr. Director Cinema Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and RUCIS Dolby Laboratories
  • * Serge Plasch, Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic
  • * Guillaume Thomine Desmazures, Senior Vice President Sales & Strategy, Ice Theaters
  • * Joint Q&A Session
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
13:30 South & East Asia Region Briefing: Projects and Updates from cinema operators in the South & East Asia region
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Cinepax
  • * Arif Baig Mohamed, Chairman, Cinepax Group
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Carnival Cinemas
  • * Sunil Puthan Veettil, Managing Director, Carnival Cinemas
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Cinema Exhibitor 3
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Cinema Exhibitor 4
Joint Q&A Panel with all 4 Cinema Exhibitors
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
14:10 Day 1 Summary by Conference Chairman
  • * Jan Runge, META Cinema Chairman & Advisor
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
14:15 F&B Experience Panel
  • * During this panel hosted at lunch hour, providers of the various food and beverage will have you sample their various mouth-watering offerings and give you a brief explanation about their tasty treats on display
Atlantis Ballrooms 1-2
14:30 Networking Lunch in Exhibition Hall
Deserts- Sponsored by Farrat
Atlantis Ballrooms 1-2
Farrat Stand
15:30 Dedicated Exhibition Hour
Cocktail Reception- Sponsored by Farrat
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
Atlantis Ballroom
Terrace
16:45 Bus Departure to Cinema Atlantis Ballroom
Parking
17:00 Studio Product Presentation 1 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel
Mall
17:45 Intermission and Reception
18:15 Film Screening
Dolby Cinema, Reel Cinema,
Dubai Marina Mall
20:00 Bus Departure to Hotel Marina Mall Parking
20:15 Day 1 Afterparty Atlantis Poolside
Time (Dubai Time, GST) Activity Location
08:00 Registration Opens
Morning Refreshments
Exhibition Doors Open
Atlantis Ballroom
Foyer Atlantis
Ballrooms 1-2
09:25 Welcome Note
  • * Jan Runge, META Cinema Chairman & Advisor
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
09:30 Future of cinema exhibition
  • * Kumari Bakhru, Associate Producer, Morning Person Pictures
09:45 African Region Briefing: Projects and Updates from cinema operators in the African region 
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Filmhouse Cinemas
  • * Moses Babatope, Co-founder, Group Executive Director/Managing Director FilmOne, The Filmhouse Group - Filmhouse Cinemas - FilmOne Entertainment
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Pan African Film Consortium
  • * Mykel Parish Ajaere, President, Pan African Film Consortium
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Century Cinemax
  • * Muslim Jaffer, Chief Executive Officer, Century Cinemax
  • * 10-minute exclusive presentation: Projects and updates from Silverbird Cinemas
  • * Funmilayo Marian Onuma, ,Country Manager, Silverbird Cinemas, Ghana
  • * Joint Q&A Panel with all 4 Cinema Exhibitors
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
10:35 Presentation from Gold Sponsor
Session Reserved for Event Gold Sponsor
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
10:50 The evolution of cinemas: Design, technology, flexibility and multipurpose cinemas: What will cinemas look like in the near future to serve a purpose in the entertainment value chain
  • * Versatile design
  • * Micro cinema
  • * Modular cinemas
  • * Multipurpose halls
  • * Projection, sound, and immersive experiences
  • * Latest possible offerings 
This session will include 5, 10-minute presentations from the latest solution providers in the cinema sector and a joint Q&A session to answer audience questions.
Moderator
  • * Paul Schwarz, Partner & Principal, Design Confidence – Acoustics
  • * Cinema Exhibitor/Consultant 1
  • * Cinema Association 
  • * Till Cussman, Managing Director, EMEA, Vista Group International Limited
  • * Senior Representative: Cinetech
  • * Nicolas Chican, Co-founder, Ōma Cinema
  • * Joint Q&A Session
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
11:50 Networking Break and Refreshments
Dedicated Exhibition Hour
Atlantis Ballrooms 1-2
12:50 Panel Discussion: Content is king; or is it?
  • * Content diversification
  • * Collaboration requirements between studios, distributors and exhibitors for mutual success
  • * Regional production and exhibitor content funding 
  • * Film as a profession 
  • * What are the plans and strategies to never face content gaps?
Moderator:
  • * Jan Runge, META Cinema Chairman & Advisor
Panelists:
  • * Toni El Massih, Chief Content Officer, VOX Cinemas
  • * Gianluca Chakra, Managing Partner, Front Row Filmed Entertainment
  • * Hassan Javed, Senior Marketing Manager, Cinepax
  • * Charles-Edouard Renault, Partner, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
  • * Phil Grabsky, Originator and Executive Producer, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN
Joint Q&A Session
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
13:50 Turkey cinema sector stakeholder discussion
Speakers
  • * Cenk Sezgin, Chief Executive Officer, Cinemarine Cinemas
  • * Actor
  • * Producer
  • * Screenwriter
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
14:30 Conference Wrap up by Chairman 
  • * Jan Runge, META Cinema Chairman & Advisor
14:35 Networking Lunch in Exhibition Hall
Desert- Sponsored by Farrat
Atlantis Ballrooms 1-2
Farrat Stand
17:00 META Cinema Awards Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
18:00 Post Event Party
Cocktail and Reception
Canape Dinner
Atlantis Ballroom
Terrace
Time (Dubai Time, GST) Activity Location
12:00 FilmOne Entertainment Product Presentation
VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
12:30 Front Row Filmed Entertainment Product Presentation
VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
13:00 Event Cinema Association
VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
13:30 Studio Product Presentation 4 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
14:00 Cinema Fun Lunch VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
15:00 Studio Product Presentation 5 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
16:00 Special Screening: My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan
VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
18:00 Film Premiere VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
20:15 Film Premiere Reception Atlantis Ballroom Terrace
 

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HOTEL ROOM BOOKING

For your accommodation requirements during the META Cinema Forum, please find below hotel options.
**Scheduled shuttle bus will be provided to and from Atlantis The Palm


Atlantis The Palm
*event headquarters
Rate per night: AED 2,532 (single occupancy) / AED 2,672 (double occupancy)
**rates are inclusive of breakfast, taxes and tourism dirham
Book here or through Reservations (+971 4 426 2000) quoting "Great Minds META Cinema" to avail the rate
Adagio Premium The Palm
**10 minutes drive to venue
Rate per night: AED 620 (bed & breakfast)
*rates are inclusive of taxes and tourism dirham
Book through Reservations (HA609-RE1@accor.com or +971 42813813) quoting "Great Minds META Cinema" to avail the rate

 
Holiday Inn Express Hotel – Dubai Internet City
**15 minutes drive to venue
Rate per night: AED 345 (bed & breakfast)
*rates are inclusive of taxes and tourism dirham
Book through Chastine Belarde (events@hiexdubai.ae or +971 4 427 5555) quoting "Great Minds META Cinema" to avail the rate

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    gmevents.ae
    +971 4 568 7800
    Apex Atrium Motor City - Dubai