Xpanse CGI is an 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 independently produced 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 Cannes Film Festival , 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 movie from the UAE
  • 2011 (January): Distinguished Achievement Award for Levity Xero Minus1 Error – 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 Minus1 Error – Digital Studio Awards, Dubai
  • 2011 (November): Winner, Best Technology Implementation – EMS 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

year Notable movies
2006 Arabana In association with D-Seven Motion Pictures
2010 Levity Xero Error Minus1 [18]
2010 Malal In association with D-Seven Motion Pictures
2012 Djinn_ (movie) [19] (ImageNation Abudhabi) – Storyboarding

Clients and Commercial Work

Xpanse CGI is known for producing branded content for commercial brands, multinational companies and Small and medium-sized enterprises . Their work covers corporate identity , web design , animation , comic book art, illustration and video production .

Their clients include Sony , Van Hool , Philips , HP , Gillette , Qatar Airways , Imagenation Abu Dhabi , Emirates Airlines and other companies. They have produced work for the UAE’s Government sector including the office of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum , Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai, General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowment (GAIAE), Abu Dhabi among others.


  1. Jump up^ Ashraf Ghori we IMDb
  2. Jump up^ Error in Judgment: Dubai Weighs CGI – Hollywood Reporter
  3. Jump up^ Xero Error on CG Record
  4. Jump up^ Ashraf Ghori interview is wearethemovies.com
  5. Jump up^ Future of Arab Cinema – Gulf Film Festival
  6. Jump up^ UAE movie industry is bursting with an array of talent – Gulf News
  7. Jump up^ Meet the filmmakers behind the Gulf Film Festival – Gulf News
  8. Jump up^ 10th SCI-FI LONDON Program
  9. Jump up^ Malal on IMDb
  10. Jump up^ Digital Studio Awards 2011 – Winners Revealed
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  17. Jump up^ “Archived copy” . Archived from the original on March 18, 2012 . Retrieved March 14, 2012 .
  18. Jump up^ Xero Error on IMDb
  19. Jump up^ Djinn on IMDb