Xpanse CGI

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Xpanse CGI
Wholly owned
Industry Visual effects, computer-generated imagery, animation, Web Design
Founded March 2007
Headquarters Dubai Media City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Key people
Ashraf Ghori
Nizam Mohammed
Vonnie Maddox
Owner Ashraf Ghori
Slogan 'Outdo Yourself™'
Website www.xpansecgi.com [8]

Xpanse CGI is an Award-winning animation design visual effects company that was founded in March 2007 by Ashraf Ghori who currently serves as Xpanse's CEO.[1] The studio originated in and operates from Dubai, UAE. Xpanse CGI is best known for creating Levity Xero Error Minus1, the first computer generated science fiction film produced in the UAE.[2][3][4][5]


Xpanse CGI was started in 2007, in Dubai Media City. In addition to their film work, Xpanse also produces commercials, corporate videos and websites.

Xpanse CGI established their use of computer-generated imagery when they started to independently produce Xero Error in 2009. The film had its world premiere at the 3rd Gulf Film Festival,[6][7] April 2010 in Dubai UAE. It was also featured at the 63rd Festival de Cannes, the 10th edition of Sci-Fi-London[8] and other international film festivals. They were also involved as co-producers of Malal, the first Indo-Emirati film.[9]

Xpanse was featured at the first MEFCC - Middle East Film and Comic Con in April 2012.


  • 2010 (April): Levity Xero Error Minus1, The first computer generated Sci-Fi film from the UAE
  • 2011 (January): Distinguished Achievement Award for Levity Xero Error Minus1 - Abu Dhabi University
  • 2011 (February): Winner, Best Filmmaker of the Year - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai[10]
  • 2011 (February): Runner-up, Animation of the Year : Levity Xero Error Minus1 - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai
  • 2011 (November): Winner, Best Technology Implementation - SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards[11]
  • 2011 (November): Winner, Industry Achievement for Events & Entertainment - SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards[12]
  • 2011 (November): Nominee, Business Consultancy of the Year - SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards[13]
  • 2012 (February): Nominee, Animation of the Year - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai[14]
  • 2012 (February): Nominee, Content Creation of the Year - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai[15]
  • 2012 (February): Nominee, Studio of the Year - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai[16]
  • 2012 (February): Winner, Best Website Design - Tbreak Developer Awards, Dubai[17]

Xpanse CGI selected filmography[edit]

Year Notable films

Arabana In association with D-Seven Motion Pictures


Levity Xero Error Minus1[18]


Malal In association with D-Seven Motion Pictures


Djinn[19] (ImageNation Abudhabi) - Storyboarding

Upcoming projects:

Notable clients[edit]

The office of H H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Dubai
Imagenation Abu Dhabi
Emirates Airlines
Qatar Airways

Xpanse CGI is also known for their commercial work. Their clients include Sony, Van Hool, Philips, HP, Gillette and other companies.


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