Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced that accreditation is now open through the festival’s official page for film and TV industry professionals for the third edition of Cairo Industry Days (December 4 – 7):

The third edition of Cairo Industry Days will be taking place right in the throes of the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival (December 2-10).

The accreditation grants film and TV professionals’ access to multiple programs and events: panels and masterclasses that aim to support Arab cinema by opening new channels for co-productions and presenting opportunities for filmmakers to engage with the international committee. Filmmakers are granted access to daily tickets to watch the diverse range of the festival’s screenings. Accreditation is open till November 26, 2020.

This year’s Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will follow the WHO approved precautions taken by the Egyptian government to ensure safety for the festival guests and audiences. All details about the followed safety procedures will be revealed in a press conference that will be held on November 16, 2020.

The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) team has recently revealed its lineup of film projects that will take part in the seventh edition of Cairo Film Connection (CFC). The Cairo Film Connection’s selection committee of key industry professionals have whittled down a list of 105 project submissions to a short list of 15 film projects hailing from 12 Arab countries. Of these 15 are narrative features and documentaries, either in development or post-production and all competing for a number of cash awards that amounted to $200,000 last year.

Cairo Industry Days has also opened a call for submissions for Egyptian TV projects in the final stages of development to participate in the 2nd TV Pitch Forum, held in partnership with the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI). The selection list will be revealed soon.

Head of Cairo Industry Days, Aliaa Zaky commented: “This year’s edition of Cairo Industry Days, while it may look a little different, is more important than ever with a wide range of opportunities for registered Festival goers to celebrate filmmaking, learn and network. The curation of programs, masterclasses, and panel discussions will explore a wealth of related topics facing the industry at a crucial time of global change hosted by some of the industry’s key players. Supporting the region’s exceptional filmmaking is our top priority and we are thrilled to be in a position to provide an international platform for them to showcase their projects, the high quality of work this year only further confirms that filmmakers are as innovative and resilient as ever.”

The previous edition of the festival witnessed the participation of more than 550 key international industry professionals, who took part in 25 different activities that varied between panel discussions, conversations, lectures, masterclasses, and workshops. This came in partnership with Screen Buzz with the purpose of developing TV scripts, EAVE ON DEMAND for developing film scripts, Film Independent for creative productions, and Middle East Media Initiative for activities that focused on TV works. It also opened opportunities for Egyptian and American executive managers, producers and writers to connect, as well as other opportunities for distinguished filmmakers to attend conferences and pitch their projects.

Cairo Industry Days is a program held in partnership with the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), and provides an important space for discussions, workshops, masterclasses, and partnership opportunities between Arab talents and regional and international key industry professionals to further support Arab Cinema.

The Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most attended festivals in the Arab world and Africa. It is the only festival in the Arab and African region to be accorded category “A” status by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in Paris (FIAPF), with 14 other festivals organizing international competitions.