The management of Film Society Festival for Egyptian Cinema, chaired by director of cinematography Mahmoud Abd El-Samie, announced that its 49th edition will kick off from May 6-13, at the Artistic Creativity Center in Cairo Opera House.
The awards ceremony will be held on May 20, under the auspices of Minister of Culture, Dr. Nevine El-Kilani.
El-Kilani stated that this festival is one of the most prominent festivals throughout the history of Egyptian cinema as it continuously provides awards in all cinematic branches.
El-Kilani added " The Film Society Festival is one of the most significant festivals which aims to present creative minds in the cinema industry on an annual basis in order to highlight their productions. It plays national and cultural role in an indirect way. The language of cinema is associated with images that affect our nation and the world. The festival is unique among Egyptian festivals, as it evaluates Egyptian film productions, thus it is regarded as the first regular annual evaluation of long Egyptian feature films”.
The president of the festival Mahmoud Abd El-Samie pointed out that the upcoming edition will be exceptional.
Fifty years have passed since the establishment of this festival. Its foundations, regulations and pillars were set in cooperation with the late critic Samir Farid and critic Sami Al-Salamouni.
Additionally, the festival head declared “it is considered an annual celebration of Egyptian cinema. Filmmakers, artists, and media specialists highlight the fairness of the awards. Everyone respects it throughout 48 years, shedding light on its slogan (Towards Egyptian Cinema).
Through this slogan, awards are offered for the films that match the level of Egyptian cinema in terms of content and artistic values.
Furthermore, Abd El-Samie stated “the festival has been respected and appreciated since its establishment. That’s what kept it going all these years. Indeed, it is the oldest festival in the history of Egyptian cinema. It constantly offers awards in all cinematic branches, under the slogan (Towards Egyptian Cinema).
As for the referendum, 26 long feature films that were screened in Egyptian cinemas are competing, as well as 4 films that were secreened on digital platforms.
15 Arab feature films -which were screened in Egyptian cinemas in 2022 from 10 Arab countries- are competing for the Best Arab Film Award.
The festival is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Development Fund.