Egypt: 23rd National Film Festival Screenings Takes Off!
The 23rd Egyptian National Film Festival, organised by the Cultural Development Fund sector, takes off following two cancellation due to COVID-19, regulations and restrictions that came with the pandemic.
However, the festival has opted to change the format to comply with the current health restrictions. According to Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem, the traditional structure, which public screenings would characterise, will not occur. As an alternative, the screening of films will be attended and evaluated by two jury panels. Owing to the cancellations of the two previous editions of the festival, the organisers opened entries for all works produced in the year 2018, 2019 and 2020. This has led to a high number of submissions, totalling 170 entries.
The categories of competition that the jury will be weighing are the Best Film Award Jury Award. The jury will also judge the first works of a director in each of the following categories:
- Short films (15 minutes)
- Documentary films (more than 15 minutes)
- Long fictional films (less than 60 minutes)
- Animation films (less than 60 minutes)
As stated by the Head of the Cultural Development Fund Sector, Fathy Abdel Wahab, the festival’s elected supervisor, is the prominent critic Kamal Ramzy, the renowned Egyptian director Samir Saif’s successor’s who passed in December 2019. The official ceremony will take place at the Cairo Opera House on the 23rd of March. The jury will announce winners at this event.