Egypt's El-Gouna Film Festival extends deadline for submission of projects in development

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Jun 2020

CineGouna SpringBoard has extended its deadline, but the submission date for completed films remains same

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Winners of the CineGouna SpringBoard platform's awards, 2019 (Photo: El Gouna Film Fetsival)

The organisers of El-Gouna Film Festival (GFF) have announced extending the deadline for submissions of film projects in development to the CineGouna SpringBoard programme, setting the new date at 25 June 2020 (previously 15 June).

Completed film submissions, which opened 1 March, closes 15 July as previously announced.

El-Gouna Film Festival's 4th edition is scheduled to take place 26 September to 1 October 2020.

"A creative hub for minds and markets, CineGouna Platform is a film industry-oriented event created with the objective of nurturing Arab cinema projects and filmmakers, by helping them find artistic and financial support through CineGouna SpringBoard — its project development and co-production lab," reads GFF's website.

Filmmakers are required to submit their projects to the submissions section of El-Gouna Film Festival's website.

"Valid submissions will be reviewed by a committee of experts appointed by GFF, and selected on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility.

Subsequently, an international jury of seasoned filmmakers and industry professionals will decide the award winners. The best project in development and film in post-production will each receive a cash award of $15,000 and a CineGouna Platform certificate. In addition, the participating projects stand to win other grants funded by GFF’s partners and sponsors."

One of the youngest and major festivals held in Egypt, GFF is founded by businessman Naguib Sawiris, co-founded by Amr Mansy and actress Boushra who also serves as the event's COO. The festival's director is Intishal El-Timimi.

Held in El-Gouna, a luxurious Red Sea resort established by businessman Samih Sawiris, GFF activities are organised by the industry arm, CineGouna Platform.

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