Alexandria's Mediteranean Film Festival to be postponed for one month

MENA , Tuesday 27 Aug 2013

Alexandria's Mediteranean Film Festival, scheduled from 9-24 October, will celebrate Military achievements in Sinai's liberation

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The Alexandria Film Festival for Mediteranean Countries has announced that they will postpone this year's festival for a month, to avoid being affected by the government imposed curfew in many Egyptian cities, including Alexandria.

The Cairo International Film Festival also announced this week that they will postpone this year's festival all together due to political and security issues.

The Luxor Film Festival for European Films has also announced posponing this year's festival from September until January 2014.

The festival's organisers told MENA in a statement that the 29th festival was set to take place in mid-September, but instead will take place in October.

The statement suggested that the festival will open on 9 October, with the closing ceremony preliminarily scheduled for 24 October.

The closing date coincides with the 40th Anniversary of the 6th of October War and Sinai's liberation, which the festival will celerate by showing feature and documentary films on the subject.

This special celebration will include a discussion entitled, "Why wasn't the crossing into Sinai filmed in Cinema?", featuring a military expert, along with Director of Photography Mahmoud Abdel-Samea, Director Said Shimi and Director Dawood Abdel-Sayed, who participated in filming the war.

The discussion will be moderated by writer Magdy Saber.

A selection of films about the war and its heros will be shown, including 'In Six Hours', written by Saad El-Din Wahba and directed by Khalil Shawky, along with 'Traveling North, Traveling South' and 'Heros from Egypt', written and directed by Samir Auf, 'Armies of the Sun', written and directed by Shady Abdel-Salam, and 'Tanks Hunter', directed by Khairy Bishara.

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