The Cairo International Film Festival announced the opening of registration for films wishing to participate in the festival’s 43rd edition, which is scheduled to take place between 1 and 10 December 2021.
The festival is accepting submissions from all countries until 31 August 2021 through the official festival website for feature-length and short films, as well as through Film Freeway for the registration of short films only.
The festival’s president Mohamed Hefzy expressed in the official press release that “Just like we did not lose hope last year and successfully held the festival, we will not lose hope this year either. We will do our utmost best to organise a hygienically safe and artistically superior edition, while complying with all the sanitary measures and regulations set by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organisation.”
The 42nd edition witnessed the participation of 95 films representing more than 40 countries, of which 20 films saw their world and international premieres. The program also included Gala MENA premieres of ‘The Father’ and ‘Nomad land’, which collectively won five academy awards earlier this year.
The release continues pointing to the festival’s 42nd edition honouring prominent figures in cinema. “Two received the honorary Golden Pyramid Award for lifetime achievement; the renowned author, Wahid Hamed, and the Academy Award winning British author and director, Christopher Hampton, who lived a part of his childhood in Egypt between the cities of Alexandria and Suez. The third honoree was the superstar Mona Zaki, who was awarded the Faten Hamama Excellence Award.”
The Cairo International Film Festival is the oldest international annual festival in the Middle East and North Africa and the only event accredited as Category A by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in Paris (FIAPF), alongside 14 other festivals organising international competitions.
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