“We want to consolidate the relationship between Arab industry and the international cinema by offering a selection of promising projects from ten countries of the Arab world that highlight different stories that reflect the reality of the situation faced in these countries,” stated CFC manager Lynda Belkhiria.
The selected projects, which include documentary and feature narrative films in the development and post-production phase, include five from Egypt, two from Tunisia and, one from each of Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia.
Held as part of Cairo Industry Days at the CIFF, the CFC provides a space for discussions, networking, meetings, workshops, master classes, and partnership and co-production opportunities betweenArab talents and regional and international industry professionals.
CIFF, one of the oldest-standing film festivals in the Arab world and Africa, is the only festival in the region accredited as an (A) festival by FIAPF – the International Federation of Film Producers.
The 15 selected projects are as follows:
Feature Narrative (8)
In Post-production (2)
Inshallah A Boy (Jordan) by director Amjad Al Rasheed
Red Path (Tunisia) by director Lotfi Achour
In Development (6)
Bad Friend (Egypt) by director Ahmed El Ghoneimy
Over Three Days (Egypt) by director Tamer Ashry
Cotton Queen (Sudan) by director Suzannah Mirghani
The Seasons of Jannet (Tunisia) by director Mehdi Hmili
Aziz Hala (KSA) by director Jawaher Alamri
Bella (Morocco) by director Mohcine Besri
In Post-production (3)
Let’s Play Soldiers (Yemen), by directors Mariam Al-Dhubani and Mohammed Al-Jaberi
The Last Man (Egypt) by director Muhammad Salah
Suspended (Lebanon) by director Myriam El Hajj
In Development (4)
A Butterfly Hug (Egypt) by director Sally Abo Basha
My Dad’s a Farmer (Algeria) by director El Kheyer Zidani
Searching for Woody (Egypt) by director Sara Shazli
Theft of Fire (Palestine) by director Amr Shomali