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European Union supports Aswan International Film Festival for Women

The festival's 5th edition takes place between 24 and 29 June

Ahram Online , Monday 28 Jun 2021

The European Union (EU) in Egypt is supporting the Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF) this year, the first ever Egyptian film festival dedicated to women’s issues.

In its 5th edition, the European Union in Egypt is sponsoring the ‘Euro-Mediterranean Film Competition’ in collaboration with EUNIC Egypt.

The competition will encompass 8 feature films: 2 Egyptian and 6 European films representing Austria and Germany (joint production), Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The EU is awarding a special prize of EUR 3000 to the best film addressing women’s rights and empowerment that will be delivered to the winner during the closing ceremony on 29 June 2021. 

The AIWFF is dedicated to highlighting women related issues and their right to achieve their fullest potentials. It is an important occasion through which cinematographers representing different countries renew their dialogue about the important role of women in society.

“Our contribution to the festival has become a centre piece of the EU Gender Action Plan and the New Agenda for the Mediterranean. I am very pleased that with the EU’s support, we can put a spotlight on films and the cinematic industry addressing women’s rights. Young women and men, especially from Aswan, have been trained to use cinematic art as a means to promote shared commitments. Through our strategic partnerships, the EU will continue to support young women and men in achieving their aspirations,” said Christian Berger, Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Egypt in the official press release.

As the release underscores, “Cinema has a considerable influence in shaping people’s beliefs, values, and perception of reality. It can influence stereotypes that may hinder women to achieve their aspirations as equally as men.”

The Aswan International Film Festival for Women is taking place 24 and 29 June in Aswan.

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