Bonyan breakout - Bonyan Films makes big splash in North American debut at TIFF

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Bonyan Films, a progressive production company
out of Dubai, UAE, makes its North American debut and a positive splash at the
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this week. Bonyan is sponsoring
exclusive events with celebrity-laden guest lists which include Keira
Knightly, Kate Beckinsale, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Aniston,
Micky Rourke, Rachel Weisz, Scott Speedman, Evan Rachel Wood, Marilyn Manson,
Rachel Blanchard, Sean Penn, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Norton, Sandra Oh, Sophia
Bush, Colin Firth, Ethan Hawke, John Malkovich, Mark Ruffalo, and, Adrien
Brody, and have stylish scenesters lining up in their stilettos pleading with
doormen for access.
    "We're delighted to be in Toronto, a vibrant and multicultural city, for
a festival that celebrates films from around the world," says Bonyan Films CEO
and Producer Tandees Tanavoli. "We want to make a presence here to generate
interests for the film industry in the Middle East," she adds.
    Bonyan has certainly succeeded in making its presence felt, sponsoring
the WildAid Reserve lounge at the Hazelton Hotel where Kate Hudson and her
stylist David Babaii introduced their new line of cruelty-free,
environmentally friendly hair care products. Also, hosting parties at another
Toronto hotspot - Park Hyatt Hotel rooftop - for some of the Festival's most
anticipated films such as The Wrestler (Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan
Rachel Wood), The Brothers Bloom (Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo).
As well as, Yari Film Group's What Doesn't Kill You (Mark Ruffalo, Amanda
Peet, Ethan Hawke, Donnie Wahlberg) and Nothing But the Truth (Kate
Beckinsdale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett).
    Dubai is proving to become a hub for the entertainment industry in the
Middle East and is quickly emerging as a major player on the world stage.
Bonyan, together with sister company Ypsilon Agency, a talent agency
representing Middle Eastern actors, producers, directors, and technicians, is
already establishing itself as a serious competitor in the young industry.
Both companies have the intention to partner with North American production
companies, as well as finance and facilitate all aspects of film production in
the Middle East for international film projects.
    "This is a very exciting time for Dubai and it represents an opportunity
for North American production companies to monopolize on the growing film
industry in the Middle East," says Tanavoli.

    About Bonyan: Bonyan Films is a UAE based production company operating
out of the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Bonyan Films is dedicated to worthy
productions and co-productions with Hollywood, while concurrently building a
quality industry capable of competing in the international markets and within
the Middle East. Their sister company, Ypsilon Agency (YA)- the first
management and talent agency of its kind in that region. Ypsilon's goal is to
further promote and nurture the talent available in the Middle East, and
create a platform to connect these individuals to the various industries
across the globe.

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