Abu Dhabi Film Commission Opens Registration for The Circle Conference 2009

Abu Dhabi, 27th July 2009 Abu Dhabi Film Commission, in partnership with Imagenation Abu Dhabi, presents The Circle Conference 2009, a development initiative aimed at creating new filmmaking opportunities in the Middle East.

The Circle Conference brings together top producers, financiers, executives and filmmakers from around the world. The conference will take place from 9th to 11th of October in line with The Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Film Commission announced today the opening of The Circle Conference accreditation, which is accessible online through the commission website at www.film.gov.ae. Entries will be accepted until September 15th.

Through the Circle Conference the international entertainment community comes to Abu Dhabi to share their knowledge with events such as Panel Discussions, Master Classes, Collaboration Lunches and the Shasha Grant Pitch Competition.

“This year’s conference will host special panel discussions including Women in Film, documentary production, Natural History Filmmaking, as well as, Location Filming workshops to promote Abu Dhabi’s various opportunities.

” We aim to present an unforgettable experience to our guests through The Circle Conference” commented David Shepheard, Director of Abu Dhabi Film Commission,”he added.

Last year, The Circle Conference invited top icons from the international film industry as well as a number of top international and regional filmmakers, producers and directors to share their industry expertise and perspectives on current trends with fellow regional filmmakers; among those attending were director Spike Lee, film and television producer and director McG and actor/producer/director Antonio Banderas, all of whom were impressed with the Emirati culture and with Abu Dhabi as a city, and expressed their intention to visit again for business or leisure.

Stefan Brunner, COO Imagenation Abu Dhabi said; “Our association with The Circle Conference is committed to working towards a common goal of establishing and nurturing a successful film industry in Abu Dhabi. Together, we aim to share and enhance knowledge which will further support Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become a leader in content creation.”