CIFF in its 40th edition hosts 3 main activities in the largest program for cinema professionals in the region

Cairo – 10th May 2018

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) launches a new industry platform entitled Cairo Industry Days, in partnership with Arab Cinema Center.

During five days in the heart of the Egyptian capital; the festival provides space for meetings, discussions, seminars, workshops, and partnership prospects between Arab filmmakers and the international film community.

Cairo Industry Days includes three main activities to be held in parallel during the five days:

First, an expanded Cairo Film Connection will  be returning in its fifth edition as a platform for co-production dedicated to Arab projects. It will host a maximum of fifteen project representatives (producers and directors) to meet with experts from the international film industry, whereas an independent jury will be granting significant cash awards and post production services to the winning projects.

Secondly the Industry Forum that includes a series of discussion panels and featuring industry experts, where current and relevant issues, trends, and topics will be discussed. In addition, there will be special concentration on the challenges and opportunities facing Arab and independent filmmakers today.

Thirdly Workshops & Master classes; the festival is organizing a series of seminars, masterclasses, and workshops oriented to professionals, filmmakers and cinema students from Egypt and the Arab world.

Concerning the launch of Cairo Industry Days; Mohamed Hefzy, president of CIFF stated:” It is no longer possible that a festival can be of big relevance and benefit to it’s community without paying special attention to it’s industry’s professionals. As festival screenings attract  the city’s audience, there must be equal activities addressing filmmakers and producers”.

In partnership with Arab Cinema Center, Cairo Industry Days is managed by Alia Zaky, who formerly took care of the Enjaz post production support program of DIFF, as well as Maggie Morgan who manages Cairo Film Connection.  The call for projects is expected to launch later in June.