Sultan gives backing to horror film festival

Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki
Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki
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A Sultan from the Middle East with a love for the arts has given his backing to a Whitby festival to secure its future for years to come.

The Bram Stoker International Film Festival which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, has appointed Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki as life president of the event.

The event is being held this year at Whitby Pavilion from 24 to 27 October when around 30 horror films will be shown including a number of premieres, shorts and documentaries.

Sultan Al Darmaki, who is in his 30s and from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, has been hailed as a modern day renaissance man and is becoming an active force in international arts patronage.

His love of the arts has inspired his latest initiative which is to support independent and emerging artists around the world in the field of films, literature, visual arts, photography and music including Whitby’s festival.

He also provides funding for many projects on Kickstarter (a major crowd-funding website), establishing prizes for festivals and sponsoring a wide variety of events.

Sultan is the chairman and managing director of the Al Darmaki Group, which was started by his father, the late H.E. Saeed Sultan Al Darmaki in the early 80’s and managed by his mother for the past 20 years.

He is also a writer and photographer and is currently actively involved in film production, with a number of Executive producer credits to his name and a raft of active projects slated for production.

He said: “It is a great honour and fills me with pride to be accepted as a the Life President of the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and I am very much looking forward to being able to help Mike McCarthy and his team further the ambitions of the festival and to help it become the pre-eminent genre film festival of its type.”

Mike McCarthy, director of the Bram Stoker International Film Festival approached Sultan and after hearing of Sultan’s passion for the arts and genre film production, he invited him to Whitby to discuss the festival and their aims for the future.

He said: “We are delighted to make this important appointment and to welcome Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki as our figurehead Life President.

“His international reach and passion for film make him a natural choice to represent the festival around the world and to help build on five years of extraordinary growth and awareness.

“The festival is a community interest company and we are thrilled and honoured to have Sultan accept the role, not only as a financial benefactor and President, but he shares a great passion for art, film and literature with a deep sense and feel for the community involvement within the festival.

“Sultan`s enthusiasm for the arts is phenomenal and the festival is now on a sound financial footing with Sultan accepting the role of Life President.

“We as a festival have fantastic plans and phenomenal concepts for the future with Sultan at the helm.”

The Bram Stoker International Film Festival is constantly expanding and now includes a fashion show, special effects makeup tutorials, ballet and theatre performances, themed event nights and of a Vampire’s Ball.

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