Cairo Int'l Film Festival opens submissions for Egyptian TV projects

Ahram Online , Thursday 24 Sep 2020

In partnership with the Middle East Media Initiative, six original Egyptian TV projects will be selected in a programme that aims to support Egyptian talent


The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has opened submissions for Egyptian TV projects in final development stages, under the TV Pitch Market programme, held for the second year in the Cairo Industry Days segment of the festival.

"This initiative is a valuable opportunity for a selected group of Arab and Egyptian TV content creators to pitch their projects directly to Arab and international TV executives and buyers, including digital platforms and production companies," stated CIFF Tuesday.

In partnership with the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI), a programme funded by the US Department of State in cooperation with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, submissions close 6 October for original Egyptian TV projects that must be adapted from a literary work and made by experienced Egyptian writers and directors. The programme will support six winners.

"Cooperation with MEMI will give content creators the opportunity to directly engage with international and Arab platforms to pitch their projects and discuss ways of cooperation," stated head of Cairo Industry Days Aliaa Zaky, stressing CIFF's mission as a major supporter of the entertainment industry in Egypt and the Arab world.

In partnership with the Arab Cinema Centre, Cairo Industry Days is a space for discussion, networking, meetings, workshops, master classes and partnership and co-production opportunities, bringing together Arab talent and regional and international industry professionals.

Under the direction of Mohamed Hefzy, CIFF will kick off its 42nd edition between 19 and 28 November.

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