Egypt's Gouna Film Festival delayed by one month

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Jun 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the young but successful Egyptian cinema festival will be held in late October in El-Gouna


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fourth edition of the Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has been pushed back one month and will now run from 23 to 31 October 2020.

The delay is in response to "the challenging circumstances that all international film festivals are facing and is with the intention of delivering a safe festival experience to its guests and audiences," the festival said on Monday.

The festival organisers are discussing safety precautions with the authorities, and "the festival is exploring possibilities of utilising indoor and outdoor spaces as well as online activities."

With the festival's program to be announced by the end of September, the fourth edition will be the first public event hosted at the Gouna Conference and Culture Centre (GCCC), which has an 8,000-square-metre-wide open space.

"More than 800 projects in development and films in post-production have been submitted to the GFF," the statement added.

One of the youngest and major festivals in Egypt, the GFF was founded by businessman Naguib Sawiris and 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 town established by businessman Samih Sawiris, the GFF’s activities are organised by CineGouna Platform.

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