Under the title “Resilience and Sustainability of Film Festivals”, Egyptian film director Amir Ramses is to take part at a panel discussion held during the 25th edition of Shanghai International Film Festival (June 9 to 18).
“In 2020, and during the pandemic, my film CURFEW took part at the official competition of SIFF, however this is my first visit to the festival, as this is the first in person edition since then, and this makes us notice the changes happening to the film scene, so we think it is important to ask questions about the resilience and sustainability of film festivals, while the market changes, rise of platforms and the recession of film theaters.” Film Director Amir Ramses said.
He added “Meanwhile, we are in Cairo Film Festival focusing on a long term project about festivals situations and case studies, we started this in Cannes Film Festival, being part of a workshop about the mental health of the film festivals teams, and on the road, we are having a protocol with SIFF on a the belt and the road program, which concentrates on film festivals sustainability.”
Amir Ramses is an Egyptian film director, born in 1979, studied filmmaking at the Higher Institute of Cinema, Academy of Arts in 2000, worked as an assistant director for 5 years with the Egyptian internationally acclaimed director Youssef Chahine in “SILENCE.. ON TOURNE”, “11'09''01 - SEPTEMBER 11” and “ALEXANDRIA… NEW YORK” . He directed many short films, documentaries and features, wrote one novel “SONG OF SONGS” published in 2010, worked for 2 years as artistic director for Cinemobile Film Festival Egypt and was chosen as a jury member in many national and international film festivals such as: Jury president for Youssef Chahine Film Festival (2012), jury president for the second edition of Alexandria Short Film Festival (2016), jury member in Luxor African Film Festival (2014) and Tripoli film festival (2016), his films won many national and international awards and were selected for many festivals.