Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) announced that Egyptian renowned actress Shereen Reda has been selected to join the jury of the Best Arab Film competition within its 41st edition (20-29 November).
The jury will also include producer Asma Graimiche and festival director Eduardo Guillot.
The winner of the Best Arab Film competition will receive a grant of $15,000 offered to the producer of a film chosen by the jury, especially for any Arabic film participating in any one of the festival's three competitions (the International Competition, the AFAC Competition, and the International Critics' Week Competition).
The festival's 41st edition will kick off on 20 November and continue until 29 November. Film critic Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, who passed away in July 2019, had served as the festival's artistic director, and critic Ahmed Shawky has been delegated to take care of the tasks related to this position this year.
Presided over by Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy (who was also the 40th CIFF president), this year's festival comes bigger and stronger, showcasing 150 films (130 feature films and 20 shorts) representing 63 countries, with many premieres in numerous competitive and non-competitive segments.
The festival will also shed light on veteran Egyptian filmmaker Sherif Arafa (honoured for his lifetime achievements with the Faten Hamama Honorary Award) and actress Menna Shalaby (honoured with the Faten Hamama Excellence Award). Designed by famous sculptor Adam Hanin, the awards are granted every year to senior and promising artists in the local and international cinema scene.
Shereen Reda is among the best known Egyptian actresses of her generation.
Her most recent works include El-Daif (The Guest) by director Hadi El Bagoury and writer Ibrahim Issa, Diamond Dust and The Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers by director Marwan Hamed and writer Ahmed Mourad. The latter garnered over EGP 102 million in the Egyptian box office.
Reda's latest film Ras El-Sana is set to be released soon in theatres.
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