Omani youth have much potential in film-making

by Peter D. Marshall

from the Oman Observer.

Filmmaking in Oman is increasing becoming popular amongst youth, both as a profession and also as a hobby. Oman will soon host the eighth Muscat International Film Festival on March 23. For this reason, the Observer decided to talk to longtime film-maker, Sherif Hafez (pictured), chairman of Studio Media Productions (SMP Film) in Oman and Hungary, to find out about the film landscape in the country.

“I could see that Oman was a young country for filmmaking,” says Hafez, recalling when he came to the country around six years ago. With humble beginnings of starting out in an office that measured only three by three metre, Hafez and his partner, Mahmoud al Rawahi, established SMP Film step by step. Today, his personal investment has spawned to an office at Knowledge Oasis in Muscat with seven employees while 11 work in the Budapest office.

Read the rest of this article from the Oman Observer.

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