Established in 1989 and acquired by Qatar Media Services (q.media) in 2012, Gulf Film is a film distribution company for major studios and independent films in the Gulf and Middle East.
Today, Gulf Film sub-distributes Paramount and Universal titles in the Gulf territories; is the Middle East distributor for Relativity Media, Europa Corp, Studio Canal, Hyde Park and Voltage to name a few; and in partnership with Eagle Films, distributes Lionsgate, Nu Image and Sierra Affinity titles.
With 51% market share and 150 titles distributed per annum – one out of every two films distributed to the region – Gulf Film is by far the leading distributor in the Middle East.
In 2000, Gulf Film expanded its industry portfolio with the launch of an exhibition arm under the brand name Grand Cinemas. Rebranded in 2014 as Novo Cinemas, it is today the largest chain of theatres in the Middle East.
Thanks to an insistence on innovation, tenacious management and the vision of parent company q.media, Gulf Film’s robust growth in revenues and profitability have claimed market leadership. Gulf Film has diligently built and nurtured relationships for nearly two and a half decades with major Hollywood studios and independent filmmakers. These valued relationships have not only allowed Gulf Film to grow and strengthen its market position but also allowed the medium of film and cinema to grow successfully across the region.
From exponential market share growth in film distribution to acquisitions of screens and expansion in exhibition, a journey that began in the late 80s has propelled Gulf Film and Novo Cinemas into global brands, unique to the Middle East. Following their acquisition by Qatar Media Services, the companies are set to continue expansion within current and emerging markets. Together, q.media, Gulf Film and Novo Cinemas form a regional powerhouse in entertainment that will provide the latest in film innovation and set worldwide standards in the region and beyond.
Gulf Film is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Box Office Records
• Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, sub-distributed by Gulf Film for Four Star Films in the Gulf, holds the record for the highest number of admissions in UAE box office history. Partly filmed in Dubai, the 2011 title sold 636,000 tickets over a 5-month run.
• Fast & Furious 6, another title sub-distributed by Gulf Film for Four Star Films in the Gulf, now holds third place in the overall UAE box office admissions records. Released May 2013, the action feature sold 554,385 tickets and went on to become the biggest film of the year.
With a rich legacy of cinema firsts, a passion for movies and a mission to entertain film fans everywhere, Novo Cinemas is proud to be the largest and most visited chain of theatres in the Middle East.
The journey began in 2000, when Gulf Film established the Grand Cinemas brand as its exhibition arm. The launch of the flagship Grand Cineplex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, would be the cornerstone of an entertainment chain that would soon extend across borders and introduce to the region such pioneering technologies as online booking, e-kiosks and the first cinema-dedicated mobile app, in addition to the UAE’s only IMAX screen.
In 2012, Grand Cinemas was acquired by Qatar Media Services (q.media) as part of the Gulf Film Group, and so began an exciting new chapter in the brand’s story. Attuned to the evolving social habits and needs of today’s movie-goers, in 2014 the chain was re-inaugurated as Novo Cinemas, an identity that would reflect the promise of a complete entertainment experience.
In the same year, Novo Cinemas opened its doors at World Trade Centre-Abu Dhabi, a location near and dear to Emirati hearts in the capital’s old central market, and took premium cinema to Qatar, welcoming movie-goers at the luxury island destination of The Pearl-Qatar. As a result, the expansive network now spans no fewer than 119 screens and 22,000 seats in 15 locations across the UAE, Qatar and Jordan. Ongoing expansion will see screen numbers grow to over 200 by 2015 – in Dubai’s Dragon Mart, Al Ain’s Boutik Mall and Bahrain’s Seef Muharraq Mall, to name a few – and our IMAX network extended to four spectacular screens.
Where people once came together solely for a viewing experience, now they meet, share, contribute, celebrate and connect. Welcome to Novo Cinemas, where a great movie is just the beginning.
Novo Cinemas. A Great Time Out.
Wholly owned by the Qatari government, Qatar Media Services (q.media) is dedicated to providing the latest and most innovative advertising and media concepts to the Middle East region. q.media was established in 2004 with the vision to work in outdoor, audio and visual advertising, events and conferences and the film industry. In addition to a healthy business portfolio within Qatar, q.media also owns a number of operations globally, including the largest film distributor and exhibitor in the Middle East, and a leader in the field of outdoor advertising, which operates throughout Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Discover q.media innovation at www.qmediame.com