EFP, ACC announce finalists for Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films

The winning film will be announced in a ceremony at the CIFF

European Film Promotion (EFP) and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) announced this week the finalists for the Arab Critics’ Awards for European films after the jury watched 23 nominated European films via Festival Scope – a digital partner.

The winning film will be announced right before SAINT OMER’s screening at Cairo Opera House’s Grand Theater at the 44th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which will run from November 13th to the 22nd.


The finalist for the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films:

  • EO | Jerzy Skolimowski | Poland | Jury Prize and Best Composer at Cannes Film Festival.
  • TO THE NORTH | Mihai Mincan | Romania | Held its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
  • THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD | Teona Strugar Mitevska | North Macedonia | Held its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. In 2019, the director won an award in the first edition of the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films for her film GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA.

“The Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films welcome its new members, who gave their time and effort to vote with transparency for selecting the best European films among 23 films featured in the most prestigious international festivals,” commented Ola Al-Sheikh – Director of the Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films.

“The jury members’ judgments varied from agreeing and disagreeing upon some films until they achieved an agreement on the shortlisted three films, and it’s expected for the winner to be announced at the 44th Cairo International Film Festival,” she added.

The Arab Critics’ Awards for European Film aim to promote European cinema in the Arab world and attract the attention of distributors and decision-makers in the Arab film industry for European films.

This is in addition to highlighting prominent Arab critics and their prominent role in revealing different perspectives and in exchanging cultural specificities among societies. The Arab Critics’ Awards for European Film’s jury this year consists of 76 critics from 15 Arab countries.

European Film Promotion

EFP is an international network of film promotion institutes from 37 countries throughout Europe, each representing their national films and talent abroad.

Under the EFP flag, these organizations team up to jointly promote the diversity and spirit of European cinema and talent at key film festivals and markets, in particular outside of Europe.

EFP is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Program of the EU and by its member organizations.

Its office in Hamburg supports the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, and the Hamburg Ministry of Culture.

For more information kindly visit: www.efp-online.com

The Arab Cinema Center

Founded by MAD Solutions in 2015, the ACC is a non-profit organization, which promotes Arab cinema and provides a professional window to connect film professionals with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes.

The ACC provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. Its activities also vary between film markets, stands, pavilions, networking sessions, one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at leading international film festivals and markets.

Furthermore, a newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC‘s website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the magazine, news on the ACC‘s activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals, and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films screening at festivals, and exclusive news on the ACC‘s partners and their future projects.

The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that provides a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside the Arab world. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers’ access to international markets and help film industry representatives easily identify Arab film productions.

Cairo International Film Festival

The Cairo International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious festivals in the Arab world and Africa and is the only festival in the region registered at the International Federation of Producers in Paris (FIAPF).