Without training and funding, Arab countries will have to continue to import animated films that contradict Arab culture, says Mohamed Ghazala, an animated filmmaker and chair of the Cinematic Arts School at Saudi Arabia’s Effat University.
Animated film education at Arab universities is less than it should be and funding is insufficient compared to the great demand for content, he said in an interview with Al-Fanar Media.
Ghazala, who is also an assistant professor of animation in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Minia University, in Egypt, said updating the curricula of university film programmes and providing them with professors who specialise in the industry could transform a country like Egypt into a hub for animated films, because of its large population, proximity to Europe, and competitive pricing.
Launching a strong animation industry in Egypt would develop capabilities for producing Arabic content that would both preserve Arab culture and provide job opportunities in an important creative field, Ghazala said.
Interest in such programmes has grown, he said, but education and training have not kept pace.