Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival, Gemini Africa to organise for the 1st time Uplift4GFF pitch competition



Fri, 23 Oct 2020 - 09:06 GMT


Fri, 23 Oct 2020 - 09:06 GMT

File: Naguib Sawiris.

File: Naguib Sawiris.




CAIRO – 23 0ctober 2020: El Gouna Film Festival, Gemini Africa to organise for the 1st time Uplift4GFF pitch competition.

Despite having a thriving entertainment industry, and a buzzing entrepreneurial scene, two worlds have rarely coincided in the MENA region to capitalise on the high potential growth that already exists in both industries.

  El Gouna Film Festival and Gemini Africa’Uplift4GFF pitch competition offers top-calibre entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their creative startups in a holistic platform to get the right exposure, business leads, mentorship and investment opportunities.

This event is considered the first regional pitching event of its kind. Gemini Africa will bridge between entrepreneurship and the show business, bringing in cutting-edge technologies and innovation to take the industry to the next level!


 The event will witness the participation of a slate of outstanding jury members, and an opening speech by El Gouna Film Festival founder Naguib Sawiris on Saturday, October 24, 1:00 PM at the Festival Plaza.


Judging panel members:

·  Adly Thoma, Executive Chairman & CEO, Gemini Africa



·  Onsi Sawiris, Managing Partner, HOF Capital

54D1FF4B-9A45-4A81-8AB8-677D53463DCA·  Amir Ramses, Artistic Director, El Gouna Film Festival


·  Shereen Reda, Actress



·  Nardine Farag, TV Presenter and Actress



·  Chérine T. Magora, Head of Strategic Partnership, Middle East, Africa & Pakistan, TikTok


GFF confirmed 16 films are participating in the Feature Narrative Competition, 10 films in the Feature Documentary Competition, 18 films in the Short Film Competition, and 2 films in GFF’s Special Presentations program for this year's edition.


The festival will be screening 17 films in its Official Selection.



One of the eagerly anticipated highlights of this year is that the festival will be the first public event hosted at Gouna Conference and Culture Center (GCCC).


The concept of this edition’s poster is also inspired by the design of the center, which incorporates an elegant series of barrel vaults enclosing the auditorium with a shaded perimeter layer, where the inside and outside merge, creating an ambiance of transcendent inspiration.


For this year’s CineGouna Platform, El Gouna Film Festival has invited a number of leading regional and international experts in the field of cinema to participate in its various activities. CineGounaSpringBoard received 99 submissions (65 projects in development and 34 films in post-production) from all parts of the Arab world. 


A panel of experts reviewed the submissions and selected 18 projects (12 in development and 6 in post-production) to participate in this year’s edition.


They were carefully chosen on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility. The selection committee was very impressed by the high quality of the submitted projects.


The fourth edition of CineGouna Bridge will continue to serve as a forum for effective professional development. It will present a series of roundtable discussions, workshops, presentations, and master classes with key industry professionals and experts.


The programs and activities of CineGouna Platform will take place at the TU Berlin, El GounaCampus from October 25 to 29, 2020.


El Gouna Film Festival will keep supporting Arab cinema at international festivals, empowering Arab filmmakers, especially outside the Arab world. This year, the festival continues to build on its previous collaborations with the 10th Malmo Arab Film Festival and the Final Cut in Venice workshop with cash prizes and support for exposure.


GFF will host an exhibition of the works of accomplished production designer Onsi Abou Seif, which will include some of his designs and sketches, video clips from his films, movie posters, and awards he has received over the course of his career.


El Gouna Film Festival continues its Cinema in Concert tradition—an orchestral performance of film scores of classics and audience favorites. This edition’s Cinema in Concert will be held at the Gouna Conference and Culture Center.



In this edition, GFF will screen Charlie Chaplin's newly restored copy of "The Kid" accompanied by an orchestra led by Maestro Ahmed El-Saidi.




GFF’s fourth edition is sponsored by OrascomDevelopment and El Gouna in association with O West and Minly.





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