The first edition of the Cinedelta documentary film festival concluded Thursday, 9 February, after it opened 1 February and toured Tanta, Alexandria and Rosetta.
The awards ceremony was held in Alexandria’s Swedish Institute (SwedAlex), and featured the festival’s guest speaker Erik Gandini, award-winning Swedish/Italian documentary filmmaker.
According to a press release, “The speakers highlighted the crucial role of documentary filmmaking, as well as the importance of new narratives from decentralised regions such as the Delta, as a basis for more inclusive dialogues.”
The first prize was awarded to director Ahmed Hamed for his film Necessity Has No Law. Hamed was granted a two week residency at the Stockholm University of Arts.
Film screenings during Cinedelta (Photo: Courtesy of Cinedelta)
The second prize, a one-week artistic residency for one of the filmmakers in a film festival in France, went to Not for Girls, co-directed by Dalia Faziy, Rasha Hosny, Nouran Hatem and Nada El-Khouly.
Filmmaker Erik Gandini (Photo: Courtesy of Cinedelta)
Four special mentions were given to Emmanuel by Mahmoud Samir, Yehia and Wahid by Ahmed Ehab, The Feast by Mony Mahmoud and A Way Out by Nahla El-Nemr.
Masterclass with Erik Gandini (Photo: Courtesy of Cinedelta)
The Cinedelta programme and festival was organised by Alexandria-based Fig Leaf Studios and the Italian NGO Ricerca e Cooperazione, and was held in collaboration and with the support of the Swedish Institute Alexandria, the French Institute in Cairo, Goethe Institut in Alexandria, DEDI (Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute), Zawya Alexandria and CLLA Tanta.
Screenings at cinema Rivoly (Photo: Courtesy of Cinedelta)
In conversation with filmmaker Salma El-Tarzi (Photo: Courtesy of Cinedelta)
Cinedelta Film festival, Swedish Institute (Photo: Courtesy of Cinedelta)