This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 9 Arab talents to join the organization. In total, they invited 487 distinguished artists and executives to join in 2024. This year, there are 71 Oscar nominees, including 19 winners, among the invitees.

AFF2020 Opening Night Film: The Blue Caftan

Here are the nine Arab filmmakers invited to join the Academy:

Saleh Bakri (actor) – The Blue Caftan (AFF2022 opening film), The Band’s Visit

Sally El Hosaini (director) – Unicorns, The Swimmers (screened at AFF2022)

Susan Youssef (director) – Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, Habibi Rasak Kharban

Waad Al-Kateab (documentary) – We Dare to Dream, For Sama (sold out screening at AFF2019)

Nadim Cheikhrouha  (documentary, producer) – Four Daughters, The Man Who Sold His Skin 

Raed Andoni (documentary) – Ghost Hunting, Fix Me

Qutaiba Barhamji (film editor) – Four Daughters, Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Saïd Hamich Benlarbi (producer) – Deserts, Return to Bollene

Zeina Durra (writer) – Luxor, The Imperialists Are Still Alive!