CIFF chooses “Issa” in the short film competition.

Cairo International Film Festival management announced selecting the Egyptian short film “Issa” to participate in the short film competition within activities of the 45th edition, which is scheduled to start from November 15 to 24, 2023, at Cairo Opera House. The film shall be shown for the first time in the Middle East and North […]

‎‏CIFF opens submission for Cairo Film Connection 10th edition

Submission is now open for the 10th edition of the Cairo Film Connection (CFC), the co-production market of the Cairo International Film Festival’s (CIFF) 45th edition, taking place at the Cairo Opera House between 15 and 24 November. ‎‏CFC submission window will be open for eligible filmmakers from Sunday 7 May to Friday 7 August, through the festival’s official website […]

3 events for Cairo International Film Festival at Cannes Film Festival

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is participating in three events that will be held as part of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival taking place between 16 and 27 May. CIFF president Hussein Fahmy and the CIFF director Amir Ramses will travel to the French city to represent the festival at the Cannes Film Market (“Marché […]

CIFF opens submissions for the 45th edition and announces a New competition for documentaries

Cairo International Film Festival has announced opening submissions in all categories for creators who are wishing to participate in activities of its 45th edition, which will be held from 15 to 24 November at the Egyptian Opera House. The submission process shall officially be open to requests from all over the world starting from April […]

Ciff Management would like to Thank Andrew Mohsen

  CIFF management would like to thank former director of the Programming office , film critics Andrew Mohsen for his efforts and devotion through years of work with the festival s Programming team . We wish him the best of luck in his future tasks and that the experience he gained while working closely to […]

CIFF announces the date of its next edition

Cairo International Film Festival announces the date of its 45th edition, which will be held from November 15 to 24, 2023, at the Cairo Opera House. The festival had previously announced the date of the new session headed by Hussein Fahmy, the festival’s president, the festival director, director Amir Ramses, and the director of the [...]

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

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 […]

Japanese director Naomi Kawase to preside over international competition Jury

Japanese director Naomi Kawase will lead the International Competition Jury of the 44th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which will run from 13 to 22 November this year. Festival president Hussein Fahmy welcomed the participation of Kawase, confirming her role to lead the international competition jury as a valued addition to the activities of the […]

Cairo International Film Festival Reveals The Complete List of Egyptian Films Taking Part at its 44th Edition

The 44th edition of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will be featuring a total of six Egyptian films,  including a feature narrative, a feature documentary, and four shorts helmed by several up and coming  professional film directors.   Taking place from November 13th to the 22nd, the festival’s lineup of Egyptian films will be featuring  Ahmad Abdalla’s film “19 B” as part of the International Competition, which was previously revealed in a  press release by the festival. The rest of the Egyptian films featured in the festival include: four films in  the Short Film Competition; “My Girl Friend”, “Mama”, “From the Work of the Devil”, and “The  Interview”; whereas the documentary film “Far From the Nile” will be featured in the Horizons of Arab  Cinema. The details of the films are listed below:  My Girl Friend | 17 Minutes  Directed by Kawthar Younis, “My Girl Friend” is a short narrative that will be having its MENA premiere  at Cairo International Film Festival.   Synopsis: Desperate for intimacy, Ali follows his girlfriend’s suggestion that puts their relationship to the  test. The plan unfolds unexpectedly when gender roles become blurred. The film stars: Marc Haggar, and  Elham Safieddine.     Mama | 20 Minutes  A short narrative by director Naji Ismail and having its world premiere at CIFF, “Mama” features Mai El  Gheity as its lead actress.   Synopsis: A twenty-one-year-old girl is hiding a terrifying secret to protect herself and her brother.     From the Work of the Devil | 21 Minutes  This short narrative is directed by Dessil Mekhtigian and will have its world premiere at CIFF.  Synopsis: After 10 years, a young woman returns to Cairo to organize an exhibition on the pioneer  Armenian photographers who archived Egypt through time. During preparations, the surroundings make  her realize the reason behind her return.    The Interview| 15 Minutes  The short narrative film directed by Hind Metwally and featuring Sarrah Abdelrahman as a lead actress,  will have its world premiere at CIFF.  ​ Synopsis: Nadia has to choose between looking after her suicidally depressed mother, and attending a      job interview which could change her life and provide for her family.    Far From the Nile | 99 Minutes  Directed by Sherif El Katsha, “Far From the Nile” is a feature documentary having its world premiere at  Cairo International Film Festival as the opening film of the Horizons of Arab Cinema competition.   Synopsis: Twelve musicians from seven countries along the Nile River speaking different languages and  musical styles struggle to collaborate on their four-month tour in the United States.    Amir Ramses, Festival Director of Cairo International Film Festival, stated that this edition of CIFF will be  featuring five Egyptian films landing their world premiere, while the sixth film: “My Girl Friend” film, by  director Kawthar Younis, will be screening for the second time following its participation at Venice Film  Festival.  He further highlighted that the Egyptian cinema is witnessing an awakening that is reflected in its strong  presence at the festival with different feature narratives, shorts, and documentaries, which should make  us all proud.   Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest-standing film festivals in the Arab world and Africa  and the only festival in the region to be accredited as an (A) festival by (FIAPF) – the International  Federation of Film Producers.

The Swimmers Selected for MENA Premiere at the 44th Cairo International Film Festival

Working Title and Netflix’s deeply moving film, The Swimmers will have its Middle East and North Africa Premiere at The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) taking place from 13-22 November. Based on a true story, The Swimmers follows the journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Two young sisters embark on a harrowing […]