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 […]

Egyptian Film “19B” Selected for the International Competition

Egyptian film “19B” by director Ahmed Abdalla has been selected to screen within the International Competition of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (November 13-22). Written and directed by Ahmed Abdalla, the film will feature its world premiere within the festival’s prestigious competition this year. Produced by Film Clinic, “19B” is headlined by Sayed Ragab, Ahmed [...]

CFC Reveals Selected Film Projects at Cairo International Film Festival

Cairo Film Connection revealed its lineup of film projects that have been selected to take part at its 9th edition that will be held during the 44th Cairo International Film Festival (13 – 22 November) as part of Cairo Industry Days. The shortlisted film projects include 15 documentary and feature narrative projects in development and […]

CIFF Honors Lebleba with the Lifetime Achievement Award

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will honor the legendary star Lebleba with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the 44th edition (13 – 22 November). The award celebrates Lebleba’s extensive career that kick-started during her early childhood. Her robust repertoire encompasses a roster of indelible films and some of the Egyptian cinema’s milestones in serial […]

CIFF to Honor Hungarian Film Legend Béla Tarr with its Lifetime Achievement Award

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) revealed that the world-renowned film director Béla Tarr will be receiving its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival’s 44th edition (13 – 22 November). Hussein Fahmy, President of Cairo International Film Festival, commented: “Béla Tarr is heralded as one of the cinematic world’s greatest innovators whose extensive repertoire includes […]

Kamla Abouzekri Receives” Faten Hamama Award” for Excellence at 44th CIFF

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) announced that the salient director Kamla Abouzekri will be granted the prestigious “Faten Hamama Award of Excellence” on the festival’s 44th edition this year (13-22 November). Hussein Fahmy, President of Cairo International Film Festival, commented stating that the Festival is presenting “ Faten Hamama Award for Excellence” to Kamla Abouzekri […]