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CIFF41: Cairo Film Connection announces winning projects

The CFC took place this year during the 2nd Cairo Industry Days, one of the pillar segments of the ongoing Cairo International Film Festival

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Nov 2019
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Cairo Film Connection (CFC) has announced the winning film projects of its sixth edition.

The CFC took place this year during the 2nd Cairo Industry Days, one of the pillar segments of the ongoing Cairo International Film Festival (20-29 November).

Motored by the Arab Cinema Centre (ACC) and five of its partners, the awards are offered to feature-length projects in development or in post-production.

This year, the CFC showcased 16 films in post-production or in development from across the Arab world.

Jury members included Egyptian screenwriter Mariam Naoum, Ida Martins, founder and managing director of Media Luna New Films, and George David, producer and consultant in film and television.

According to MAD Solutions, "the ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions."

Awards:

An invitation to the winning project's producer to attend Rotterdam Lab 2020 went to Shameem by Karim Rahbani.

The Arab Radio and Television (ART) award $10,000 cash award for a feature-length project in development went to Leila and I by Maggie Morgan, produced by Shady Habashy.

The Iraqi Cinema award and $5,000 cash award for a feature length project in development or post-production went to A House for Expats by Naji Ismail

The MAD Solutions and Ergo Award Distribution in the Arab World award with $30,000 Minimum Guarantee for feature-length project in development or in post-production went to The Life and Times of Omar Sharif by Mark Lotfy and Axel Petersen, produced by Muhammad Taymour and Sigrid Helleday

Rotana Group's award and the $10,000 cash award for a feature-length project in development or in post-production went to About Her by Islam El-Azzazi, produced by Dina Farouk and Rina Khoury

Ensan Films award and the $7,000 went to The Land Beyond film by Nadine Salib

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