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Gouna Film Festival unveils 18 films selected for support, grants

Twelve projects in development and six in post-production have been selected from 99 submissions (65 projects in development and 34 films in post-production)

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Aug 2020
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Eighteen projects have been chosen for support and grants by the CineGouna Platform, the industry hub of El-Gouna Film Festival (GFF), in its fourth edition, rescheduled late October at the Red City touristic city.

Twelve projects in development and six in post-production have been selected from 99 submissions (65 projects in development and 34 films in post-production).

"The best project in development and film in post-production will receive a CineGouna Platform certificate and a cash prize of $15,000 each. In addition, participating projects stand to win other grants funded by GFF’s partners and sponsors. It is worth mentioning that over $240,000 were awarded to the winning projects at the third edition of CineGouna SprinBoard," reads a statement published Monday on the GFF website.

The fourth edition of the GFF, which will take place from 23 to 31 October, will hold many of its activities at outdoor venues, including the opening and closing ceremonies with minimal capacity and virtual capabilities.

All selections are as follows:

Feature narrative projects in development:
- Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani (Bahrain, Sudan)
- Hajj to Disney by Maha Al-Saati (Saudi Arabia)
- Hamlet from the Slums by Ahmed Fawzi-Saleh (Egypt)
- I Am Here But You Can't See Me by Feyrouz Serhal (Lebanon, Spain)
- Obliteration by Karim Moussaoui (Algeria)
- Roqia by Yanis Koussim (Algeria, France)
- Seeking Haven for Mr Rambo by Khaled Mansour (Egypt)
- The Day of Arafah by Ala'a Al Qaisi (Jordan)
- The Last Man by Muhammad Salah (Egypt, Brazil).

Feature narrative films in post-production:
- Communion by Nejib Belkadhi (Tunisia)
- Harvest by Ely Dagher (Lebanon, France)
- Life Suits Me Well by Al Hadi Ulad Mohand (Morocco)
- Streams by Mehdi Hmili (Tunisia)
- The Maiden's Pond by Bassem Breche (Lebanon).

Feature documentary projects in development:
- Big Boys Don't Cry by Muhammad Mustapha (Egypt, Germany)
- Bye Bye Tiberias by Lina Soualem (Palestine, France)
- The Mother of All Lies by Asmae El Moudir (Morocco)

Feature documentary in post-production:
-Take Me to the Cinema by Albaqer Jafeer (Iraq, Egypt).

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