Cairo Int'l Film Festival allocates $300,000 to support new film projects

Ahram Online , Friday 5 Nov 2021

The biggest allocation in its history, the grants are offered through the Cairo Film Connection (CFC) Programme, which is held within the Cairo International Film Festival's Industry Days.

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The awards will be offered to the in-development and post production films which were chosen by the specialised selection committee last month.

In past years under the Mohamed Hefzy's presidency of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), the Cairo Film Connection (CFC) distributed awards totaling $600,000.

Accordingly, $300,000 is the highest support extended to new film projects in the CFC’s eight-year history as part of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF).

The partners and supporters of the CFC include many heavyweights of the cinema industry. The list includes, but is not limited to: the Arab Cinema Center, which is extending an invitation to a chosen producer to participate in the Rotterdam Lab workshop; MAD Solutions and investment firm Ergo, which is providing a grant for distribution across the Arab world; as well as the Arab Radio and Television Network (ART), Arabia Pictures, Rotana, OSN, and numerous other partners supporting projects with color correction and teaser video services among other services.

The CFC is part of the Cairo Film Industry Days, which this year will take place between 1 and 5 December. In addition to the awards, the CFC will also offer the opportunity for filmmakers to meet international industry professionals and pitch their projects to a jury.

This year, the events of Cairo Film Industry Days will attended by representatives of the most important international film institutions and companies, such as Terry Fermo, director of the Cannes Film Festival, alongside representatives of the Berlin and Venice festivals, representatives of the Visions Sud-Est, Creative Artists Agency, AFAC, Netflix, Watch, Arte, Pyramide, Sony, and a host of other major producers in the international film industry.

The CFC’s 15 selected projects were announced in mid-October.

The 43rd edition of the CIFF will take place between 26 November and 5 December 2021.

One of the oldest and most attended festivals in the Arab world and Africa, the CIFF is the only festival in the Arab and African region to be given a category “A” designation by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in Paris (FIAPF).

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