Twickenham film academy to open in Bahrain in 2013
London, May 28, 2012
The London-based Twickenham Film Group is moving ahead with plans to start for a film academy and film studio facility in Bahrain. The facility is expected to open by end-2013.
James Black, head of production and executive producer at Twickenham Films - part of the Twickenham Film Group which also includes Oasis Films, the funding arm of the group of companies - today confirmed that he is working closely with the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) in developing the company’s plans to establish a presence in Bahrain.
Once built and open, the proposed facility will not only provide education for Bahrainis and other nationalities with respect to the process of film making, film post-production, television and music production, but will also create employment in Bahrain within these industries, a statement said.
The Film Academy plans to provide opportunities for talent across the Middle East region, and to attract a number of international film makers to Bahrain. The academy also aims to encourage the development of local film production in the region.
Black today met with Sheikha Zeina Al Khalifa, the deputy head of mission at the Bahrain Embassy in London, regarding the plans for the academy and film studio facility.
Sheikha Zeina has welcomed the Twickenham Film Group’s plans for establishing a presence in Bahrain, and has offered all the support that the embassy can provide in London.
Black is also in talks with Sprung, a construction company with office representation in Bahrain, with regards to the building of the studio complex, which will consist of at least four sound stages, administration offices, academy classrooms, dressing rooms and post-production facilities.
Black said he will be looking for a suitable site of at least 20,000 sq m of land for the project when he visits Bahrain in the very near future. – TradeArabia News Service