El-Gouna Film Festival (GIFF) held a reception in Cannes Film Festival, in association with Variety magazine-Official Facebook Page El-Gouna Film Festival (GIFF) held a reception in Cannes Film Festival, in association with Variety magazine-Official Facebook Page

Gouna Film Festival holds reception in Cannes

Wed, May. 16, 2018
CAIRO – 16 May 2018: El-Gouna Film Festival (GIFF) held a reception in Cannes Film Festival, in association with Variety magazine, to celebrate the upcoming GIFF second edition, running from September 20to 28. ‎

In this regard, Naguid Sawiris, founder of El-Gouna Film Festival (GIFF), invited some talents from Cannes Film Festival to the reception.


GIFF team, Sawiris, co-founders Amr Mansi (CEO) and Kamal Zadeh, festival director Intishalal Tamimi, and Chief Operating Officer and co-founder Bushra Rozza, travelled to France to attend the 71st edition of Cannes.


Bushra, Tamimi, and artistic director, Amir Ramses, also attended “Yomeddine” screening during the grand opening of Festival de Cannes’s main competition.“Yomeddine” (Day of Judgment) is nominated for the Golden Camera award, which is granted each year to the best first-time director at the festival.
El Gouna Film Festival management started to accept film submissions for its second edition on April 12.

The submissions are for the Feature Narrative Competition, Feature Documentary Competition and Short Film Competition; the deadline for submission is set to be on July 22, 2018.

The selected films will compete for total prizes of $220,000. Winners in all categories will be awarded the El Gouna Gold Star for Best Film. Silver and Bronze Star awards will be given to those who claim the first and second ranks. An award will also be given to the best film from the Arab world in each of the three competitions. In addition, the Feature Narrative Competition will also present an award for the best actor and actress of the competing films.

The closing ceremony of the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival was on Sept. 29, 2017. It was attended by a notable group of Egyptian and international filmmakers, like Vanessa Williams and famous American actor Forest Whitaker, who won the lifetime achievement award. The festival’s management showed a documentary that features Whitaker’s most important acting roles.

“Photocopy” won El Gouna Golden Star Award for the Best Arabic Feature Narrative Film (the prize includes atrophy, a certificate and $20,000). Daniel Gimenez Cacho, who starred in “Zama”, won the Best Actor Award, while the Best Actress Award went to Nadia Kunda, who starred in “Volubilis”. The closing ceremony was presented by famous Egyptian actress Amina Khalil and ended with a song tailor-made for the festival by the mega star, Yousra.
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