This year the festival offers a wide range of films from six continents and dozens of countries.
This intercontinental diversity is particularly evident in the short film competition, whose jury is headed by the Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Frammartino and which includes Egyptian producer Ahmed Amer and actress Rim Turki (France/Tunisia). 21 films will be screened (chosen from over 4,700 entries) representing six continents and 17 countries.
Likewise, the festival will present a large number of films in its official competition and other non-competitive segments.
Films screened in the International Competition include 19 B (Egypt) by Ahmad Abdalla; Alam (France, Tunisia, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Qatar) by Firas Khoury; The Astronaut (France) by Nicolas Giraud; Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (France, Canada, Netherlands, Luxembourg) by Pierre Földes; Bread and Salt (Poland) by Damian Kocur; Butterfly Vision (Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Sweden) by Maksym Nakonechnyi; among other.
All films shown in this section are either world or MENA premieres, many of which have received international awards.
The jury of the official international competition is headed by the Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase. The jury also includes Egyptian cinematographer Nancy Abdelfattah, actress Swara Bhasker (India), composer Rageh Daoud (Egypt), actress Stefania Casini (Italy), filmmaker Joaquin Del Paso (Mexico) and actor Samir Guesmi (Morocco). on.
Other segments including film screenings are Horizons of Arabic Cinema, International Critics’ Week, Short Films, all of which represent the CIFF’s competitions.
The non-competitive segment includes screenings within the Official Selection – Out of Competition, Special Screenings, International Panorama, Midnight Screenings and Cairo Classics.
The jury of the Best Arab Film Award consists of three members: actor Ahmed Magdy (Egypt), programmer Dorota Lech (Poland) and actress Nour (Lebanon).
The jury of the Horizons of Arab Cinema competition consists of actor Michel Kammoun (Lebanon), producer Moufida Fedhila (Tunisia) and costume designer Reem El Adl (Egypt).
The Critic’s Week jury consists of writer Ben Sharrock (UK), actor Karim Kassem (Egypt) and film critic Houda Ibrahim (France).
The festival will also hold the 5th edition of the Cairo Industry Days (November 17-22).
This year, CID’s activities will include 13 events ranging from masterclasses, talks, workshops and panel discussions with prominent award-winning filmmakers and industry experts from around the world.
Masterclasses include those led by Hungarian filmmaker Tarr, Festival Jury President Naomi Kawase, Ben Perry, VFX Manager Netflix MENA & Africa, American cinematographer Irvin Liu and Egyptian screenwriter Mariam Naoum, among others.
The Cairo Film Connection is also part of the Cairo Industry Days.
In its 9th edition this year, the CFC focuses on supporting film projects throughout their many stages of production.
This year, the CFC received 135 promising, original and powerful projects from all over the Arab world. Accordingly, new talent has been discovered, along with established filmmakers, who never cease to amaze us. This year, 15 projects from 10 countries were selected between development and post-production. Five of them are from Egypt.
An abundance of guests
This year the festival will host over 125 guests from around the world, including well-known directors, actors and actresses, producers, artistic directors and musicians.
Many of the guests will be present during screenings of their films and in Q&A sessions, while others will hold special seminars and workshops throughout the duration of the festival.
Guests at the official competition include director Maksym Nakonechyi and actress Rita Burkovska (Butterfly Vision – Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Sweden); Pierre Földes, director of Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, a French-Canadian-Luxembourgish-Dutch animated film; a large number of cast and crew members from films such as The Island of Forgiveness (Tunisia) and The Dam (Sudan).
While the festival brings together guests associated with all of its different sections, the Horizon of Arab Cinema segment gives special prominence to representatives of Arab cinema.
For example, the festival will host 10 members of the cast and crew of Far from The Nile (Egypt), along with filmmakers and actors who have created films such as Riverbed (Lebanon, Qatar), Joseph’s Journey (Syria), Jalaldine (Morocco) and The Family (Algeria).
Honoring cinema icons
The festival will present Lebleba, an award-winning film actress, singer and entertainer, with his highest recognition, the Golden Pyramid Award for Lifetime Achievement. Lebleba’s extensive repertoire includes 88 films and four hit TV dramas.
The second Lifetime Achievement Award goes to legendary Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr, who will also hold a master class following the screening of his film Werckmeister Harmonies.
The Faten Hamama Excellence Award goes to Kamla Abu Zekri, an Egyptian film director whose extensive oeuvre includes several masterpieces. Titles include Sana Oula Nasb, her film debut in 2004, followed by a plethora of films she has directed and written on. Abu Zejri’s most recent productions include 100 Wesh (2020), in which she collaborated with Nelly Karim, former recipient of the CIFF Faten Hamama award, and Betolou’ El Rouhin (Ramadan 2022), which depicts the daily struggles of women illuminates the IS community.