The fourth edition of the El Gouna Film Festival, which will take place from 23 to 31 October, will hold many of its activities at outdoor venues, including the opening and closing ceremonies, amid the “challenging circumstances” of the coronavirus pandemic.
To ensure social distancing, the festival will allow “less than half of the total capacity” at events inside cinemas, the festival organisers said on Wednesday.
The festival will also enhance its virtual capabilities to allow greater online participation, the statement said.
The dates of the event had been postponed by a month in light of the coronavirus.
The festival founder, businessman Naguib Sawiris, has renewed the leadership of director Intishal Al Timimi, assisted by co-founder and chief operations and foreign relations officer Bushra Rozza, artistic director Amir Ramses, and festival co-founder Kamal Zadeh, who is also financial advisor.
It will be the first public event hosted at the Gouna Conference and Culture Centre (GCCC).
Held in El Gouna, a luxurious Red Sea resort town established by businessman Samih Sawiris, the film festival’s activities are organised by CineGouna Platform.
It is sponsored by Orascom Development Holding.