The management of the upcoming 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced that it will expand its Arab Cinema Programme.
This step aims at creating a stronger spotlight on Arab cinema, which over the years has proved its strong presence at many major international festivals.
The expansion will increase the number of Arab films screened during the CIFF from eight to 12, raise the number of jury members from three to five, and introduce two new awards for best non-fiction film and best acting performance.
The already existing awards in the Arab Cinema sector are the Saad El-Din Wahba Award for Best Arab Film and the Special Jury (Salah Abu Seif) Award.
Among the programme highlights is the Tunisian film “Bik Eneich (A Son)” by Mehdi Barsaoui, whose star Sami Bouajila won the 76th Venice Film Festival Horizons' best actor award this month. The film will be screened on 21 November, opening the Arab Cinema sector of the festival.
The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival is presided over by renowned Egyptian film producer Mohamed Hefzy, who headed the festival last year.
The CIFF will take place between 20 and 29 November 2019.
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