Head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy Head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy

Hefzy: We have 153 movies from 63 counties which is a record for CIFF

Thu, Nov. 21, 2019
CAIRO- 21 November 2019: Head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy started his speech in the festival opening ceremony by apologizing to all the producers on behalf of Khaled el Sawy after the latest gave a sarcastic dialogue about producers.

“I apologize on behalf of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem she wasn’t able to attend cause she represents Egypt in a conference abroad” Hefzy said.

Head of Cairo International Film Festival added that the festival management exerted a lot of effort in this edition to appear in this honorable way.

”This year we have 153 movies from 63 counties which is a record in the history of Cairo international film festival” Hefzy added.

Hefzy recounted that Cairo International Film Festival is not just an opening and closing ceremonies but it houses a number of workshops, seminars and panel discussions.

“Mexican cinema is a very important experience that is similar to the Egyptian cinema” he added.

Film industry heavyweights made it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which kicked off on November 20.

Among the celebrities who attended the festival Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Rogena, Nadia el Gendy, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.

Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud hosted the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will last till November 29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.

This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.

The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House.

“The Irishman” was the festival opening movie.

Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels sponsors Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.

President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.
 
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