Egyptian short film 'Tastat'ei Al-Khorouj Al-Yaum' (You Can Go Out Today) has been named best short film (over 15 minutes) for April's contests of Russia's Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival.
Directed and written by Egyptian filmmaker Mokhtar Ali, You Can Go Out Today was produced by the Egyptian National Center for Cinema.
The film's plot occurs on a stressful day when the protagonist decides to escape his bad luck by searching for a safer and more secure world.
The cast includes actors Sameh Fekry, Ahmed El-Nabawy, Amina Al-Arabi, Mohamed Abdel-Gawad, Mohamed Shalash, Emad Megahed and Samer El- Miniawy.
The film’s crew also includes director of photography Nader Galal, editor Manar Hosni, with the soundtrack mixed by Ramy Hussein.
Led by Soad Shawky, who succeeds Khaled Abdel-Galil, the Egyptian National Center for Cinema funds and produces a number of documentary, short fiction, experimental and animation films every year as part of their national missions under authority of the Culture Ministry.
Among the Eurasia April finalists was another Egyptian short film, 'Ward's Henna Party,' by director Morad Mostafa, but it did not reach the winning list, same as in February for Ahmed Hamed's short student film.
Held in Moscow with a mission “to introduce an audience to filmmakers from all over the world,” Eurasia is an independent festival for independent filmmakers whose selections and winners are chosen each month, and the winners are shown at a live screening once a year.
Spain's animation production 'The Seven Deadly Sins And The Four Last Things' by director Carmen Perez was named Eurasia film of the month, the fourth in the 2020 list, which also includes Rifugi (Italy), Helping Hand (US) and Collapse (US).
Part of Eurasia April winning films:
Best Short (over 15 min): You Can Go Out Today- Mokhtar Ali (Egypt)
Best Short (under 15 min): Silent Movie- Melo Viana (Brazil)
Best Feature Film: Shibil- Nikola Bozadzhiev (Bulgaria)
Best Documentary (under 40 min): POETRYofPAYNE 2020- Evanchuck and Lacelle (Canada)
Best Documentary (over 40 min): The Silence that Remains- Amparo Garrido (Spain)
Best Animation: The Seven Deadly Sins And The Four Last Things- Carmen Perez Gonzalez (Spain)
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