Imagenation Abu Dhabi Signs Deal with Empire International to Distribute Emirati Films in the MENA region
Agreement includes distribution of Imagenation Abu Dhabi’s first local productions, Sea Shadow and Djinn
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10th July, 2011: Imagenation Abu Dhabi has signed an exclusive agreement with Empire International, to distribute Imagenation Abu Dhabi’s locally produced slate to theatres and on DVD throughout the MENA region.
The agreement will begin with the distribution of Imagenation Abu Dhabi’s first two local film productions, the coming-of-age story, Sea Shadow, directed by acclaimed Emirati film director Nawaf Al-Janahi (The Circle), and the Arabian horror thriller, Djinn, directed by horror genre master Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist).
The partnership will give Empire the exclusive rights to distribute Imagenation Abu Dhabi’s local films across the wider Middle East and North Africa, including in the UAE, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, West Bank and Gaza, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Algeria, and Iran.
Mohammed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Imagenation Abu Dhabi, commented on the signing of the agreement: “Empire is an important player in the regional film market, with excellent reach and a long track-record of launching successful films here. Imagenation Abu Dhabi is fully committed to developing a world-class film industry in the UAE, and our slate of local and Arabic language films will set new benchmarks in this region, starting with our two upcoming pictures, Sea Shadow and Djinn. I am confident that this partnership will aid us in developing unique motion pictures that will appeal to local, regional and international audiences alike.”