Strong presence of American film showcased in the upcoming El Gouna Film Festival

Ossama Lotfy Fateem , Wednesday 5 Sep 2018

The second edition of El Gouna Film Festival will run between 20 and 28 September

For the second year in a row, the American Film Showcase (AFS) and the El Gouna Film Festival continue their partnership in the second edition of the festival. The cooperation will be highlighted during the Cine Gouna platform, while a workshop and mentoring session managed by two prominent American filmmakers Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe will take place during the festival.

Both Fulton and Pepe are directors of documentaries and fiction films and collaborated together in both fields for over 20 years. Their documentary feature Lost in La Mancha was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Documentary and won the evening standard’s Peter Sellers Award for the best comedy. In 2016, their latest documentary The Bad Kids received the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected for the American Film Showcase (AFS).

AFS is the premier film diplomacy program of the US State Department, in cooperation with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The AFS program promotes people-to-people engagement, offers contemporary insights into American society, and fosters understanding across cultures.

The participation of the AFS in the EL Gouna Festival was facilitated by the US Embassy, who will also offer a $10,000 post production fund and online mentorship opportunity with an American distributor for an Egyptian filmmaker. The fund will be presented at the award ceremony of the festival.

The second edition of El Gouna Film Festival is set to open on September 20 and will last for eight days in the seaside resort town of El Gouna. Eighty films will be screened throughout the festival and the Creative Achievement award will be granted to the iconic Egyptian director Dawood Abdel Sayed and Tunisian producer Dorra Bouchoucha. 

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