Film Festival

Cairo International Film Festival Opens For Submissions

Registration for participants wishing to submit films in the 43rd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival is now open.

The festival will take submissions worldwide until 31 August 2021 on the festival’s official website for feature-length and short films. Film Freeway will be strictly for the registration of short films. The Cairo International Film Festival is the only event accredited as Category A by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in Paris (FIAPF), alongside 14 other festivals organising international competitions. It is the oldest international annual festival in the Middle East and North Africa.

In an official press release, the festival’s president Mohamed Hefzy conveyed, “He has hope just like last year that the festival will host a successful event as well this year.” Being cognisant of the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will make sure to organise a hygienically safe and artistically pleasing 43rd edition of the festival, complying with all the sanitary measures and regulations set by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organisation.  

The previous edition observed the participation of 95 films from more than 40 countries. Twenty films from that list saw their world and international premieres. Included programs like the Gala MENA premieres of ‘The Father’ and ‘Nomad land’, collectively won five academy awards earlier this year. The edition also honoured prominent figures in cinema. Namely, renowned author Wahid Hamed and the Academy Award-winning British author and director Christopher Hampton, who lived a part of his childhood in Egypt between Alexandria and Suez, were the two persons who received the honorary Golden Pyramid Award for lifetime achievement. Mona Zaki, the third honoree, a superstar awarded the Faten Hamama Excellence Award.


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