The jury is chaired by a theatre specialist from Saudi Arabia, Sami Al Jamaan. The other members of the jury are director Laura Blanc (France), artist Firas Al-Masry (Jordan), and theatre academic Safa Gharsalli (Tunisia).
El-Gharabawy is a director and actor who also founded and serves as the president of the Sharm El-Sheikh International Theatre Festival for Youth (SITFY), which aims to provide opportunities for young theatre practitioners, decentralise the artistic scene, and revive tourism in South Sinai. The SIFTY's seventh edition took place in November 2022.
He has directed several plays, including The Rituals of Life and Death (2013), Midsummer Night's Dream (2015), and most recently Hamlet Inside Out, which premiered at Cairo's Salam Theatre in January 2022.
El-Gharabawy's adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, written by Sameh Mahran, features Amro El-Qadi, Khaled Mahmoud, Samar Gaber, Nehad Said, among other actors. The play also stars the renowned Egyptian actor Khaled El-Sawy as Hamlet’s ghost, using 3D mapping and hologram technology.
The production was previously staged at the 23rd edition of the Carthage Theatre Days (Journées Théâtrales de Carthage -JTC) in Tunisia from 3 to 10 December 2022.
In addition to the international competition, the Carthage CIMF features a number of other competitive segments, including the International Critics Competition award.
This year's festival is dedicated to the late Tunisian theatremaker Moncef Charafeddine (1928-2022).