The Arab Foundations Forum is an association for foundations in the Arab region to foster dialogue, networking, learning and collaborating among themselves and with partners in order to strengthen the capacity of Arab philanthropy to fulfill its vision. AFAC is currently a board member of the AFF.
Founded in 2009 to help promote film as a liberator of thought and imagination, ATAC aims to contribute to the reform and development of the film industry in Tunisia by promoting the dissemination of film culture, the reorganization of the business of film and the enhancement of Tunisian film production, financing and distribution.
Founded in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1999 by a group of cinema professionals and art advocates, the aim of Beirut DC was to provide help and support to Arab independent filmmakers, in facing up and overcoming the constraints facing independently-minded Arab cinema.
Celebrating 10 years of publishing, Canvas is the premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world. With intelligent in-depth articles on everything from the visual arts to museums, galleries, photography and design, each issue also carries an exclusive feature.
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The partnership between DIFF and AFAC in December 2012 brings synergy to their shared belief in Arab cinema and the need for comprehensive support.
Founded in 1997 by the renowned violinist Gidon Kremer, the Grammy-award winning chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica is considered one of the most prominent international ensembles in Europe. Maestro Kremer intentionally selected young, enthusiastic musicians in order to stave off the feared “orchestritis” that afflicts career orchestra musicians. Essential to Kremerata Baltica’s artistic personality is its creative approach to programming, which often looks beyond the mainstream and has given rise to numerous world premieres. Since its establishment Kremerata Baltica has played in more than 50 countries, performing in 600 cities and given more than 1000 concerts around the world. The orchestra also serves as a medium to share Gidon Kremer’s rich artistic experience with the new generation and, at the same time, to promote and inspire the musical and cultural life of the Baltics.
Magnum Foundation’s mission is to sustain the practice of in-depth, independent documentary photography as a critical tool that serves society by fostering empathy, engagement, and positive social change. MF seeks to develop new strategies for increased exposure and impact of documentary photographers in an ever-changing media landscape. The photographers of Magnum Photos founded the independent, non-profit Magnum Foundation in 2007 to carry forward Magnum’s high standards for long-form documentary storytelling in the 21st century.
Corporate Social Responsibility is about taking our MBC values beyond the company and into the community. It’s about the empowerment and development of Arab youth, for our future and theirs. It is about developing and implementing initiatives to show our ongoing commitment to the environment, education, supporting entrepreneurship, and humanitarian causes. It’s MBC Hope.
The Prince Claus Fund supports artists, critical thinkers and cultural organizations in spaces where freedom of cultural expression is restricted by conflict, poverty, repression, marginalization or taboos. Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the mission of the Fund is to actively seek cultural collaborations and foster groundbreaking networks, based on equality and trust. The Fund also boasts excellent local networks in regions where it is active. The Fund with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened. These regions include Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and (non-EU) Eastern Europe.
Launched in 2005 by the Royal Film Commission (RFC) in Jordan, Rawi is a screenplay development lab founded in consultation with the Sundance Institute. Independent Arab screenwriters and directors are offered the chance to develop their work in a creative environment under the guidance of internationally acclaimed screenwriters from all over the world where emphasis is placed on each participant’s individual voice and story.
An association founded in Cairo, Egypt, by a group of young filmmakers in October 2001, its objective is to provide a space for independent cinema and to support filmmakers to realize their films without being limited by the mainstream productions dominating the Egyptian market. Semat also encourages the youth to make their own audio-visual creations and empowers new generations of filmmakers.
Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide. Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute has always provided a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures. The Sundance Institute became partners with AFAC as part of the Arab Documentary Film Program launched in 2009 as a three-year program that would give Arab documentary filmmakers professional support of international caliber and wider visibility.