The activities at CID include masterclasses, workshops, and panels with Netflix executives as well as the producers and cast of Arabic-language Netflix series.
Among the main activities is the second edition of ‘Because She Created’, an initiative that aims to amplify the voices of women filmmakers and talents and bring to light the evolution of women’s roles in the Arab entertainment industry.
The session is will feature a discussion with one of the Arab world’s most renowned stars, Hend Sabry, who will talk about her journey as a mother, actress, and producer as well as the executive producer of Netflix’s upcoming new series 'Finding Ola,' which is a sequel to the well-known television series ‘I Want to Get Married.’
The Netflix industry activities will also include a panel discussion dedicated to Netflix’s AlRawabi School for Girls, featuring the show’s creator and executive producer Tima Shomali, as well as acclaimed actresses Rakeen Saad and Joanna Arida.
A masterclass titled ‘Rootworth Characters’ by Christopher Mack, Netflix’s Grow Creative Director, will look at what makes characters reach an iconic status and be loved by millions.
In its post-production workshop led by Karim Boutros Ghali, Netflix’s Post Production Manager for the Middle East, the focus will be placed on the best practices and key industry learnings outlining the process that works best in the TV and film industry.
The 43rd Cairo International Film Festival, which is scheduled to take place between 26 November and 5 December is one of the oldest and most attended festivals in the Arab world and Africa. Furthermore, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in Paris has accredited it as a category “A” festival, making it the only one in the Arab and African region.
The festival’s president is renowned Egyptian producer and scriptwriter Mohamed Hefzy, who has been holding this position since CIFF’s 40th edition in 2018.