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About Istikana

Istikana is a Subscription Video On Demand Platform that brings the best Arabic independent cinema to the world. The platform showcases never seen before independent films, documentaries, short films, hard to find classics, and more. Istikana is available on the web, mobile web, mobile devices, Chromecast, and Smart TVs.

Istikana is focused on becoming the largest digital platform for Arabic independent films. The indie genre reflects the aspirations of an Arabic young demographic that chooses indie over commercial. This demographic has grown accustomed to consuming content that is more relevant and reflective to its reality, regardless of production size and stars involved. This demographic expects to view content that tackles issues that are brave.

The Arabic indie film circuit has grown both in volume and in critical acclaim. It is this genre in particular that is gaining global recognition for the Arabic film industry. Indeed, some titles have fallen just shy of winning an Oscar, and more are becoming present and competitive in international film festivals. MENA film festivals are delivering such content to a growing audience base that is otherwise deprived from screening it elsewhere. Last year alone, MENA had 30 major film festivals, with more than 300 titles competing in the feature, short and documentary categories, many of which perish after their initial screening.

Social media is buzzing with Arabic films reaching unprecedented critical recognition and audience admiration only not to be found anywhere for screening in the MENA. Many Arabic filmmakers and producers have been unable to fully exhibit their work to MENA audiences due to the void in specialized platforms in the area. That is even a more pressing issue for Arabic short films which often are completely dismissed on most traditional and mainstream platforms.

We aspire to become home for such great content. Istikana is proud to be the host and primary address for Arabic films, short and feature, that are worth watching. We wish to contribute to the development of this industry in the MENA and help arabic audiences discover and enjoy great indie films and help filmmakers reach their closest and most loyal fans.

We are always keen on developing partnerships with entities that share our passion and vision.

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Amman, 11183,

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Dahiyet al Rasheed
Amman, 11183,

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