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Cairo International Film Festival, 2018

NOVEMBER 20-29, 2018

CAIRO, EGYPT

The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is one of only 15 festivals that have been given ‘A’ status by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. It is the oldest and only internationally accredited annually running film festival in the Arab World, Africa and the Middle East.

The film festival was launched in 1975 by the writer-critic Kamal el-Mallakh to enhance the role of Egypt in the field of cinema and bridge the gap among different cultures of the world. The 40th edition of CIFF is a revamped version of the festival that was not functional due to the post-revolution political turbulence in Egypt.

OPENING FILM

Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film is based on a true story and is about a bouncer at a New York nightclub who starts working for a popular black pianist as his chauffeur. During a tour in the American Deep South, they become close friends as they deal with racism. The film stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in lead roles.

COMPETITIONS

International Competition

A Twelve-Year Night

Amin

Birds Of Passage

Official Selection Out Of Competition

Alpha, The Right To Kill

Ayka

Border

Horizons Of New Arab Cinema Competition

Jahilya

Amra And The Second Marriage

Poisonous Roses

Critic Week Competition

Pity

The Snatch Thief

The Giraffe

Special Screenings

A Fortunate Man

American Chaos

An Unexpected Love

Midnight Screenings

Number 37

Savage

Anna And The Apocalypse

TRIBUTE TO ARAB FEMALE DIRECTORS

This edition of the film festival has announced a special section titled Arab Female Directors. It aims to celebrate eight Arab women who have made great achievements in the field of filmmaking and have represented Arab cinema at festivals across the globe.

AWARDS

Awards conferred at the CIFF include The Golden Pyramid Award for Best Film that is presented to the producer; The Silver Pyramid and the Special Jury Award for Best Director; The Bronze Pyramid Award for Best First or Second Work, which are presented to the director; the Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Screenplay; the Best Actor Award; the Best Actress Award and the Best Artistic Contribution Award.

CAIRO FILM CONNECTION

This year’s CIFF will host the 5th edition of the Cairo Film Connection. It will see international producers, film financiers, film distributors and representatives from funding bodies, sales agents and television channels who will come together discuss international co-productions from the Arab world.

WORKSHOPS AND MASTER CLASSES

This section will include three segments, such as Screen Buzz that will bring Hollywood writers, directors and producers to the Arab world to support local storytellers; EAVE/BMS labs which will cover the various stages of Arabic feature film projects; and Global Media Makers Summit to focus on the contributions of the program to filmmaking careers. 

 

- Titas Chowdhury

 

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