Check out the trends emerging in the Middle East cinema industry AND the top 10 major cinema projects in the region!

 

WHO WE ARE

Now in its 3rd edition, META Cinema Forum, is the biggest cinema convention covering the Middle East and African Markets. The event includes an invaluable conference covering all the key critical topics of the cinema sector, from projects and plans to technology and content. The conference has traditionally been accompanied by the biggest cinema convention in the region, to offer the latest in supplies and technologies to the stakeholders. Special screenings, premieres, slate presentations, workshops, awards, and post event receptions have accompanied the conference and trade show to make it a comprehensive cinema convention for the region.

For the 2020 edition, in consideration of the ongoing challenges around the global pandemic, the META Cinema Forum will be conducted as a hybrid event, first of its kinds in the world.

The event will include a 1-day, knowledge packed conference, select slate presentation at VOX Cinemas for participants on the ground, a live META Cinema Projects Insight session with the most senior cinema leaders in the region, and a networking after event reception. As we strive to serve the cinema community on their path to recovery, all the event features for 2020 are complementary to attend for all stakeholder from across the globe.

We are very excited to be able to conduct the 2020 edition in this hybrid format, and hope to see many of you online and in person this October.

2020 INDUSTRY PARTNERS

 

STRATEGIC CINEMA PARTNER

AFRICA STRATEGIC PARTNER

 

CINEMA PARTNERS

 

STUDIO & DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS

2020 PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS

2020 HYBRID EVENT FEATURES

Online Conference

Live Middle East Insights Session

Studio Slates Presentations

Post Event Reception

2020 SPEAKERS

Leila Masinaei

Managing Partner, Great Minds Event Management


Jan Runge

META Cinema Chairman & Advisor


Cameron Mitchell

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


Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas



Pablo Carrera

Principal Analyst- Cinema, Omdia


Toni El Massih

Chief Content Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas


Maria Gedeon

Marketing Director, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment and Cinemas


Arif Baigmohamed

Founder and Chairman, Cinepax



Moses Babatope

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


Joel Haikali

Director/Producer at Joe Vision Production, Chairperson of Namibia Film Commission Board, Co-founder of the Creative Industry Guide Africa


Serge Plasch

Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic


Rony Mitri

Head of Non-Theatrical Distribution, MENA, Empire Entertainment



Melissa Cogavin

Consultant, Melissa Cogavin Ltd


Dr. Fazal Malik

Dean Humanities, Arts and Applied Sciences, Amity University Dubai


Phil Clapp

Chief Executive, UK Cinema Association


Ashish Shukla

Chief Executive Officer, Cinépolis Gulf



John Iozzi

CEO and Managing Director, AMC Cinemas - KSA


John Donnelly

Business Development Director EMEAR, Dolby Cinemas


Mykel Parish Ajaere

President, Pan African Film Consortium


Paul Schwarz

Partner & Principal, Design Confidence – Acoustics


AGENDA

Time Activity Location
13:30 Welcome Remarks
  • * Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Mind Events Management
13:35 Opening Video Zoom Digital Platform
13:40 Event Partner Video/Message Live Viewing Available at Cinema 17, VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, UAE
13:45 Keynote Remarks
  • * Cameron Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment
14:00 Video Presentation
  • * Serge Plasch, Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic
14:05 World Cinema Statistics and Analysis
  • * Pablo Carrera, Principal Analyst- Cinema, Omdia
14:15 Panel Discussion 1: Effect of COVID-19 on the cinema industry, projections, plans and vision for recovery and beyond
  • * Effect of the Covid Pandemic on the cinema industry across the globe and in the META region
  • * Future of the cinema industry
  • * Market forecasts
  • * Operating cinemas within the “new normal”
  • * Profitability of cinemas at reduced capacity and how to over it?
  • * Plans and road to recovery

Panelists:
  • * John Iozzi, CEO and Managing Director, AMC Cinemas - KSA
  • * Maria Gedeon, Marketing Director, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment and Cinemas
  • * Phil Clapp, Chief Executive, UK Cinema Association
15:00 Event Partner Video/Message
15:05 Partner Presentation 2
15:20 Panel Discussion 2: Cinema Content: Movies and Beyond
  • * Review of impact of Covid on theatrical releases and global release plans
  • * Content diversification: How to not rely on a single market to source films
  • * Event cinema: How to benefit from Event Cinema to fill content gap needs
  • * Creating synergies with streaming platforms: Can this be done?
  • * Regional content expansion requirement
  • * Role of distribution channels in overcoming the content gaps for the near future

Panelists:
  • * Toni El Massih, Chief Content Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas
  • * Joel Haikali, Director/Producer at Joe Vision Production, Chairperson of Namibia Film Commission Board, Co-founder of the Creative Industry Guide Africa
  • * Rony Mitri, Head of Non-Theatrical Distribution, MENA, Empire Entertainment
  • * Melissa Cogavin, Consultant, Melissa Cogavin Ltd
  • * Dr. Fazal Malik, Dean Humanities, Arts and Applied Sciences, Amity University Dubai
16:05 Event Partner Video/Message
16:10 Partner Presentation 3
16:25 Panel 3: Future of Cinema Design and Technology
  • * New cinema design considerations for future preparedness
  • * Drive through cinemas- Are they here to stay?
  • * Do cinemas need to redesign and retrofit to create safer viewing environments?
  • * Role of technology: Touchless experiences
  • * Role of the cinema audiovisual technologies in calling back moviegoers to the big screens once more
  • * How can technology providers and cinemas collaborate for mutual gains during tough economic times

Panelist:
  • * Serge Plasch, Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic
  • * John Donnelly, Business Development Director EMEAR, Dolby Cinemas
17:10 Day 1 wrap up summary and end of day 1
Time Activity Location
13:30 Studio Slate/ Content Feature Block 1


Cinema 17, VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates
14:30 Studio Slate/ Content Feature Block 2
  • * FilmOne Entertainment Product Presentation: From Africa to the world
Cinema 17, VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates
15:30 Live Panel Discussion: META Cinema Insights

This live panel will bring together some of the biggest names in the Cinema Sector in the META region to stage for the first time in 2020, where they will share their insight onto:
  • * Status of projects put on hold
  • * Review of current and future projects: Have the region’s ambitious plans been scrapped or will the operators simply have to make up for the lost time?
  • * Overcoming the worst: What has each operator done to survive the pandemic and prepare for the new normal
  • * Timelines and consideration for cinema expansion plans across the region

Moderator:
  • * Paul Schwarz, Partner & Principal, Design Confidence – Acoustics
Panelists:
  • * Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas
  • * Ashish Shukla, Chief Executive Officer, Cinépolis Gulf
  • * Arif Baigmohamed, Founder and Chairman, Cinepax
  • * Moses Babatope, Co-founder, Group Executive Director/Managing Director FilmOne, The Filmhouse Group - Filmhouse Cinemas - FilmOne Entertainment
  • * Mykel Parish Ajaere, President, Pan African Film Consortium
Cinema 17, VOX Cinemas, Mall the of Emirates

Broadcasted Live on Zoom Digital Platform
16:30 Q&A Session with Speakers

This session will not allow the audience attending the live session, but those attending virtually to post their question to expert panel for more insight and direct feedback to their questions
16:45 Event Partner Presentation Live Session
17:00 META Cinema Forum Cocktail Reception

While knowledge can be digitally shared, nothing replaces the human and social interaction. The wrap up to 2020 META Cinema Forum will be a casual and fun-filled cocktail reception where attendees can network and interact with their peers as we celebrate the resilience and the recovery of the cinema sector
Sponsored by:
Sheraton, Mall of the Emirates
 

We have a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities available, a member of the sponsorship team will work with you to create a bespoke package to suit your businesses objectives partnerships@gmevents.ae

 

2020 Media Partners


 

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ORGANISED BY

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