DUBAI – Emmett/Furla, the film financing and production company behind Martin Scorsese’s upcoming “Silence” and actioner “The Prince,” have officially opened a Dubai-based Middle East outpost, following their recently forged partnership with Dubai-based Oasis Ventures Entertainment.
Furla/Oasis Films (EFO) are now committed to filming two productions in the region within the next eighteen months said Mary Mulcahy, Regional Marketing Director Middle East EFO Films, at the Dubai International Film Festival.
While details of what those productions are will be revealed in a couple of months, Mulchay said EFO will be involved both in bringing Hollywood pics to shoot in the Gulf and also in local productions.
“There is a lot of potential talent and opportunity here,” Mulcahy said.
“Now we are putting our head up and saying: ‘we are here’.”
Mulcahy added that discussions are ongoing with Saudi companies on possible projects centered around the region being a top YouTube consumer. Saudi has no movie theatres for religious reasons.
“We are going to fully use the opportunities of the region,” she maintained without elaborating further.
Hollywood companies are customarily eager for petrodollars to finance American movies but not to get involved in making Arabic content which is a riskier venture.
In July, Emmett/Furla principals Randall Emmett and George Furla formalized ties with Oasis Ventures Entertainment chairman Marwan Al Bawardi.
Oasis Ventures Entertainment is part of the Oasis Ventures group of companies, an equity investment fund with offices in Dubai, New York, Los Angeles and the Cayman Islands. They had been investing in the Emmett/Furla slate since last year.
Randall Emmett co-CEO of EFO Films stated: “it’s an honor for us to be able to have a footprint in this region, as it is rich with new film opportunities for us filmmakers. We look forward to working with local partners and being a part of the Dubai community.”
Emmett/Furla/Oasis’s first film was Baltasar Kormákur’s “2 Guns.”
Next up is Peter Berg-directed “Lone Survivor,” which Universal releases December 27.
In 2014, EFO will start production on Scorsese’s “Silence,” on the film adaption of “Monopoly,” which has Ridley Scott attached as producer, and horror thriller “Hotel 33.”