Expanded Virtual Reality section of 41st Cairo Int'l Film Festival to include 20 films

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

Focusing on Africa cinematic experience, the Virtual Reality programme will screen an increased number of films this year and will include six discussion sessions

Still from VR film 'Passenger' (Australia)

Bringing an increased number of films screened in the Virtual Reality segment, the 41st Cairo International Film Festival (20-29 November) announced that this year, the focus is on Africa's cinematic experience with 20 films screened and six discussions.

Curated by Nancy Ali, who also headed the Virtual Reality segment in the festival's 2018 edition, "this year the programme offers the audience a unique opportunity to experience virtual reality technology, which transforms viewers from just a recipient to an active participant," the CIFF's press release said.

Presided over by Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy, this festival's 41st edition capitalises on the great success that virtual reality brought last year. The management of the festival assures that it aims to maintain and develop the programme in order to keep pace with this global trend, one that is incorporated by numerous major international film festivals such as those held in Cannes, France and Venice, Italy.

The management adds that while the virtual technology reaches out to many cinematic genres and makes significant waves with African filmmakers, the Cairo audience will be offered an interesting selection of its gems.

This year, the festival will include 20 films from 15 countries including Passenger (Australia), Conscious Existence (Germany), The Real Thing (France), No Place For our Dreams (Nigeria), The Lost Botanist (South Africa), with films from China, Denmark, the UK, the US, Canada, Chad, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Egypt and other countries.

The 41st Cairo Film Festival will present six panel discussions headed by the international specialists in the field.

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