WHO WE ARE

Now in its third edition, the META Cinema Forum is the must attend Cinema Convention for the Middle East region. The event unveils the latest cinema projects and technologies, whilst uncovering the latest content from across the world in form of slate presentations and film premieres. The event also includes fun packed activities such as themed film parties, and is the host of the META Cinema Awards, recognizing the leaders of the cinema across the spectrum.
Over the years, the event has attracted thousands of cinema professionals from across the world and has been instrumental in millions of dollars of business opportunities for key stakeholders.The third edition of the event will be no exception and will further expand to cover emerging and growing cinema markets in Central Asia and Africa, serving as the one stop shop for everything cinema in the META region.

2020 INDUSTRY PARTNERS

 

STRATEGIC CINEMA PARTNER

AFRICA STRATEGIC PARTNER

 

CINEMA PARTNERS

 
 
 
 
 

EVENT IN NUMBERS

Event Feature 2018 2019 2020
Number of Speakers 42 58 60+
Countries Represented 45 48 50+
Number of Attendees 600+ 750+ 850+
Regional Focus Middle East Middle East and North Africa Middle East, North Africa, Continental Africa, central Asia and Levant
Screenings and Slates 2 8 10+
Afterparties 1 3 3
Awards and Ceremony 1 8 8
Media partners 15 17 20+
Media coverage and PR reach 75,000,000 83,019,672 99,000,000+

EVENT FEATURES

STUDIO SLATE PRESENTATIONS

SCREENINGS

CONFERENCE

EXPO


 

AWARDS

WORKSHOPS

POST EVENT RECEPTIONS

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



Melissa Jarvinen

Sales & Marketing Director, Novo Cinemas


Amer Bin Ahmed

CEO GCC & India, Knauf


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


Nita Odedra

General Manager Sales and Marketing, Blue Rhine Industries


Senior Representative

Cinionic


Peter Khamas

CEO, Cinetech



Till Cussmann

Senior VP of Sales EMEA and General Manager Europe, Vista Cinema


Arif Baigmohamed

Founder and Chairman, Cinepax


Hassan Javed

Head of Marketing, Starzplay by Cinepax


AGENDA

Time Activity Location
08:30 Registration Opens
Morning Refreshments
Atlantis Ballroom 1-2, Atlantis Foyer
09:30 Welcome Note
  • * Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Mind Events Management
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
09:35 Welcome Note
  • * Jan Runge, META Cinema Chairman and Advisor
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
09:45 Keynote Speech 1: from VOX Cinemas
Speaker:
  • * Cameron Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
10:00 Keynote Speech 2:
Key Cinema Statistics from META Markets and Beyond
Speaker:
  • * Pablo Carrera, Principal Analyst- Cinema, Omdia
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
10:30 META Region Briefing: Projects and Market Updates
  • * Projects and updates from Novo Cinemas
Speaker:
  • * Debbie Stanford Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas
  • * Projects and Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 1
  • * Projects and Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 2
  • * Projects and Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 3
  • * Projects and Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 4
  • * Joint Q&A Panel
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
11:30 Presentation from Platinum Sponsor
Speaker:
  • * Amer Bin Ahmed, CEO GCC & India, Knauf
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
12:00 Official Opening of Exhibition
Networking Break and Refreshments
Atlantis Ballroom 1-2, Atlantis
13:00 Central Asia Region Briefing: Projects and Market Updates
Speaker:
  • * Arif Baigmohamed, Founder and Chairman, Cinepax
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 1
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 2
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 3
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 4
  • * Joint Q&A Panel
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
14:00 Panel Discussion: Cinema and Customer Management: How to understand, reach, engage and retain your consumer
  • * Data analytics and understanding consumer behavior
  • * Creating and managing exceptional omni-channel sales and service offerings
  • * Latest in cinema marketing
  • * How to advertise and standout in the crowded marketplace?
  • * How effective are loyalty programs?
Panelists:
  • * Melissa Jarvinen, Director of Sales & Marketing, Novo Cinemas
  • * Maria Gedeon, Marketing Director, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment and Cinemas
  • * Nita Odedra, General Manager Sales and Marketing, Blue Rhine Industries
  • * Till Cussmann, Senior VP of Sales EMEA and General Manager Europe, Vista
  • * Hassan Javed, Head of Marketing, Starzplay by Cinepax
  • * Panel Q&A
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
14:30 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
Cocktail Hall
14:30 Networking Lunch in Exhibition Hall
Cocktails Hour
Atlantis Ballroom 1-2
Cocktail Hall
15:30 African Region Briefing: Project Market Projects and Market Updates
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 1
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 2
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 3
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 4
  • * Updates from Cinema Exhibitor 5
  • * Joint Q&A Panel
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5
16:30 Day 1 Summary by Conference Chairman Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
16:45 Bus Departure to Cinema Atlantis Ballroom Parking
17:00 Studio Product Presentation 1 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
17:45 Intermission and Reception
18:00 Studio Product Presentation 2 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
18:45 Intermission and Reception
19:00 Film Screening VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
21:00 Bus Departure to Hotel Nakheel Mall Parking
20:30 Day 1 Afterparty Atlantis Poolside
Time Activity Location
08:30 Registration Opens Atlantis Ballroom 1-2, Atlantis Foyer
10:00 Welcome Note and Day 1 Summary
  • * Jan Runge, META Cinema Chairman and Advisor
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5, Atlantis
10:15 Keynote Panel: Creating a Regional Movie Production Hub
  • * Rules, regulations and incentives to produce local and international content in the region
  • * How to attract film makers to utilize regional resources
  • * Competing at a global scale
Panelists:
  • * Film Authority 1
  • * Film Authority 2
  • * Film Authority 3
  • * Film Authority 4
  • * Global Film Commission 1
  • * Global Film Commission 2
  • * Panel Q&A
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5
11:15 Panel Discussion: Content for the META Consumers
  • * Pathway to success for production, distribution and promotion of content within the region
  • * How to meet the demand for regional and diversified content while maintaining profits of the box office
  • * How to celebrate and promote talent and success?
  • * Event Cinema: How to nurture it and benefit from it? What has worked and not worked regionally and internationally?
Panelists:
  • * Toni El Massih, Chief Content Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas
  • * Panelist 2
  • * Panelist 3
  • * Panelist 4
  • * Panelist 5
Atlantis Ballroom 3-5
12:15 Exhibition Hour
Networking Break and Refreshments
Atlantis Ballroom 1-2
13:15 Panel Discussion: Design, Development and Technology
  • * What is new in the cinema design?
  • * New facilities versus repurposed spaced: Considerations in design and planning
  • * Acoustic considerations as a key success factor
  • * Latest in cinema display and projection technology and why your next cinema should have them?
  • * Latest in audio systems and the difference they make
Panelists:
  • * Architect 1
  • * Architect 2
  • * Acoustic 1
  • * Acoustic 2
  • * Senior Representative, Cinionic
  • * Audiovisual 2
  • * Peter Khamas, CEO, Cinetech
  • * Panel Q&A
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
14:15 Day 2 Summary by Conference Chairman
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
14:20 Networking Lunch in Exhibition Hall
Cocktail Hours
Atlantis Ballroom 1-2
Cocktail Hall
16:00 Bus Departure to Cinema Atlantis Ballroom Car Park
16:30 Studio Product Presentation 3 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
17:15 Intermission and Reception
17:30 Studio Product Presentation 4 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
18:15 Intermission and Reception
18:30 Film Screening 2 VOX Cinemas, Nakheel Mall
20:15 Bus Departure to Hotel Nakheel Mall Car Park
20:30 META Cinema Awards
  • * Exhibitor of the Year
  • * Distributor of the Year
  • * Highest Grossing Film of the Year
  • * Arabic Film of the Year
  • * Bollywood Film of the Year
  • * African Film of the Year
  • * People Choice Movie of the Year
Recognition of META Cinema Partners: Presented by Knauf
  • * Cinema Partners
  • * Distribution Partners
  • * Production Partners
  • * Academic Partners
  • * Film and Movie Commissions and Regulatory Partners
Atlantis Ballrooms 3-5
21:30 META Cinema Closing Party and Reception Atlantis Terrace
Time Activity Location
10:00 14:00 Community development and cinema content day
  • * Slate presentations
  • * Special screenings
  • * Site visits
  • * Workshop and masterclasses
  • * Content Market
Note: Please note full schedule of events and activities as well as locations will be released soon
 

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