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Egyptian films to compete for Black Iris Award at inaugural Amman Int'l Film Festival

The Amman International Film Festival will take place between 23 and 31 August

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Aug 2020
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The Amman International Film Festival has revealed the film line-up for its inaugural edition to take place between 23 and 31 August.

Three films by Egyptian directors have made it to the final selection and will compete for the Black Iris Award.

Two feature-length films, The Profession by Ramez Youssef and Noum El-Deek by Seif Abdalla, will be screened within the Arab Documentary category, while The Trap by Nada Riyadh will compete in the Short Narrative section of the festival.

In addition, the film Luxor by Zeina Durra will be screened during the festival's closing ceremony outside the competitive segments. The film is a coproduction between Egypt (Mohamed Hefzy and Mamdouh Sabaa), the UAE, the UK and Jordan.

The Amman International Film Festival was originally scheduled to take place in April this year, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival's organisers revealed that they are adding a drive-in cinema at Amman's New Abdali (the land in front of The Boulevard) and outdoor venues for screenings located at the premises of the Royal Film Commission in Jabal (Amman).

In parallel to the screenings, the first edition of Amman Film Industry Days (AFID) will host seminars, workshops and talks with industry professionals.

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