In its fourth edition, 'Visions: Cairo Egyptian Short Film Festival' will take place online, between 2nd and 10th June.
Organised by the Cinema Department at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the festival was originally scheduled to take place in March, followed by its postponement to June. The festival's original format is presenting films throughout a multitude of venues at the AUC Tahrir Campus (Tahrir Cultural Centre) yet the COVID-19 restrictions obliged the organisers to proceed with an online version, whereas the viewers will be provided links to the films through the Visions' Facebook page.
All the links will be available from 12 noon until 9 am the following day. Then a new link from 12 noon, and so on. This pattern will continue throughout the days until the end of the festival, afterward all the links will be deleted.
The festival is presided over by Malek Khoury, who also heads the jury along with Arab Lotfi, the artistic director.
This year, the festival saw over 300 submissions by Egyptian young filmmakers presenting feature films, documentaries and animated films. This large number of submissions was recorded despite the fact that the window of accepting films was open for one month only.
The festival will screen 123 films, 50 of which will take part in the official competition.
Titles that will take part in the competition include: Kismet by Mohamed Morad; Life Appointment by Amr Mostafa; Mama, I Want To Tell You Something by Eman Magdy; The Visit by Ahmed Abdel-Hay; 20 Pounds per Month by Hassan Ayman Abu Douma; The Veil by Mohamed Youssef; The Journey by Sara Gheita; The Woman’s Bakery by Mona Farouk; Flatmates by Rania Zahra; This is My Night by Youssef Noaman; 600 km by Mohamed Ashraf Salah; Henet Ward by Morad Mostafa; Searching For Amal by Shehab Abdel-Hafez; Fasten Your Seatbelts When Seated by Samir Radwan; among many others.