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CIFF key events on Nov.24

Sun, Nov. 24, 2019

CAIRO – 24 November 2019: The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival houses a number of key events on Sunday, November 24.

The great Hassan Ben Jaloun’s Moroccan film “For the Cause” screening in its World Premiere, the Chinese film “The Fourth Wall” gala screening, “The Lighthouse” starring the great Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, and Nezar Andary’s “Unlocking Doors of Cinema” about the Syrian author and director Mohammad Malas. Moving on to Cairo Industry Days with a keynote presented by Ronald Menzel, and a panel discussion about the Arab Stars of Tomorrow.

Head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy gave a speech in the opening session of Cairo Film Connection. This morning the Panel discussion: ‘’The future of Arab TV: Streaming Platforms’’ took place.

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 holds a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy, acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky 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 Faten Hamama 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 is dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.

The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah entitled ‘’ Rizk el Cinema’’ 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 presents a diversified program of the festival's events and highlights daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.

During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival holds the second edition of Cairo Industry Days, 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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