The Cairo Francophone Film Festival kicks off its inaugural edition

Eslam Omar , Sunday 12 Dec 2021

The Cairo Francophone Film Festival (CFFF) kicked off its first edition on Saturday at the Cairo Opera House’s Small Hall, with tens of filmmakers and critics attending the event.

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During the opening, a music performance and a documentary was screened to celebrate Egyptian artists’ impact on the Francophone World, notably Omar El-Sherief, Youssef Shahin, and Dalida.

The opening also witnessed the screening of the Egyptian film ‘Al-Naharda Youm Gamil’ (‘Today is a Happy Day’); the debut film of director Neveen Shalaby that features Basem Samra, Ahmed Wafik, Hana Shiha, among others, which is competing in the festival’s main category.

The festival’s jury for the Feature Narrative and Documentary Films Competition is led by Hany Lashin and combines other renowned Egyptian figures, such as Egyptian actress Elham Shahin, DOP Mohsen Ahmed, critic Amal Othman, musician Ashraf Mahrous, scriptwriter Wessam Soliman, and Lebanese producer Fadi Al-Lund.

The CFFF’s Competition for Narrative & Documentary Short Films jury is led by Egyptian actress Salwa Mohamed Ali and also includes actress Nahed El-Sebaei, director of documentaries Ezz El-Din Said, and Algerian critic Fatma Baroudi.

Under the presidency of Yasser Moheb, the festival aims to “promote film industry in Egypt, in the Francophone world, the Arab world, and other countries.”

Organised by the Media Hub Agency and sponsored by various public and private institutions, the festival will run till 16 December, screening a number of films, as well as hosting an acting class by Egyptian actor Ahmed Kamal on Tuesday, in addition to a number of talks.

From over 100 submissions, the festival is screening 23 feature, documentary, and short films from 10 countries: Egypt, France, Canada, Senegal, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Burkina Faso, and the United Kingdom.

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