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Celebrating UK-UAE collaboration

  • Group photo at Image Nation/British Council LFF event

At the Image Nation/British Council event in London: filmmaker Majid Al Ansari, HE Ambassador Parham, HE Ambassador Abdulrahman Al Mutaiwee and filmmaker Ali Mustafa.

October 2015

Image Nation Abu Dhabi and the British Council co-hosted an event during the BFI London Film Festival to celebrate cultural exchange between the UK and UAE.

A delegation of Emirati filmmakers, policy makers and students studying in London, met up with guests of the British Council at a brunch on 17 October to share ideas about arts and creativity and give an insight into the Emirati film industry.

Among the guests were the UAE Ambassador to the UK, HE Ambassador Almutaiwee, and the UK Ambassador to the UAE, HE Ambassador Parham.

The event was held during the BFI London Film Festival, where four of Image Nation’s productions were screening: Majid Al Ansari’s genre feature Zinzana; Ali Mostafa’s road trip comedy From A to B; Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala; and Hany Abu-Assad’s international co-production The Idol.

Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation, said: “We are delighted that two of our Emirati films had their European premieres at the prestigious BFI London Film Festival and wanted to come together to create this important milestone in Emirati cinema and to acknowledge the special relationship and commitment to the arts that the UAE and the UK share.”

Marc Jessel, UAE Country Director at the British Council, said, “We’re truly delighted to have partnered with Image Nation to bring the most exciting emerging Emirati talent today to LFF.  Film is a very powerful medium for cultural relations and we hope that we can work on many more projects together in future. Both of our organizations see the immense value in sharing cultural ideas and our first official collaboration was a great success, leaving guests with a new-found knowledge of the Emirati media industry.”