Inaugural Festival for Flash Films sheds light on Egyptian, regional shorts

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 May 2024

The Festival for Flash Films was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Russian Cultural Centre in the presence of the festival's special guest of honour renowned actress Sawsan Badr, among other honorees such as Palestinian director Fayek Jarada, Egyptian filmmakers Omar Abdel-Aziz, Hany Lasheen.



The artists honoured during the festival included cinematographer Saeed Shimi, actor Mohamed Fahim, writer Nasser Abdel-Rahman, poet Ibrahim Abdel-Fattah, and Father Boutros Daniel, the head of the Egyptian Catholic Centre for Cinema.

Palestine is the festival's country of honour.

The festival will screen films daily through Monday at the Hanager Arts Centre, starting at 5pm.

The lineup for Friday included the Egyptian short films Journal Paper, Ward, How Were You A Demon, Journey; two films from Morocco, Hallucination and The Hour; and a Tunisian production Panopticon.

On Saturday, seven Egyptian films will be presented, including Rehearsal, A Room and a Hall, Hamada and Mayada, Dayra, Rizk, Foresight, Until My Last Heartbeat. They will be screened alongside Jelana Mosul from Iraq and Stealing Hearts from Syria.

On Sunday, Egyptian titles will include 99 Seconds, Can I Play With You, Myself, Virtual Reality Finally, Vice Versa, in addition to the Iraqi film Ataba, Moroccan film From Another Angle, and Algerian film Don't Stop.

On Monday, six Egyptian films will be presented including Illiterate Jurisprudence, Kofta with Sauce, Denial, A Moment of Honesty, The Walls Will Remember Me, and In the Mirror.

They will be joined by the short film Sherine from Iraq, and Blood Eyeliner from Palestine.

Films are competing for an award from the jury headed by director Magdy Ahmed Ali.

The jury includes musician Khaled Hammad, cinematographer Samir Farag, actor Mohamed Fahim, and Syrian artist Firas Nana.

The winning films will be announced during the closing ceremony on Tuesday at the Russian Cultural Centre in Dokki, Cairo.

The closing ceremony will be attended by the well-known Egyptian actress Lebleba. 

The Bardia Foundation for Culture and Arts organised the festival under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the Russian Cultural Centre.

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