PROGRAMME: Masry Asly Film Fest to kick off 15 March

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Mar 2014

The 2014 Masry Asly Itinerant Film Festival will be taking place between 15 March and 17 April in Cairo, Aswan and Damanhour

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Still from Sondos Shabayek's 'The Girl', competing in the 'Masry Asly Competition' section

The 2014 Masry Asly Itinerant Film Festival (MAIFF) will be touring three Egyptian cities -- Cairo, Aswan and Damanhour -- between 15 March and 17 April. 

This is the second edition of MAIFF, which was established in 2013 to acquaint audiences with independent films by Egyptians or about Egypt and provide talented filmmakers with the opportunity to screen their works to larger numbers of viewers around the country.

Among the festival's main goals is taking art and culture outside of Egypt's main cities, enabling the inhabitants of various locations around the nation to enjoy a selection of films that seldom make it to movie theatres. 

The festival is divided into two sections. The first is the Masry Asly Competition, where 24 Egyptian short films and documentaries compete for two awards, the Jury Award and the Public Award. In the second section, named Eyes On, six short films and documentaries not necessarily Egyptian but telling stories about Egypt are screened. 

Winners in the Masry Asly Competition section will be awarded a residency at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam, an international talent and project development centre for feature films and documentaries.

The festival is organised by RC (Ricerca e Cooperazione) and SEMAT for Production and Distribution, in collaboration with the Artistic Creativity Centre, the Cultural Development Fund, the Damanhour Opera House and the Aswan Cultural Palace. It is co-funded by the European Union.

MAIFF 2014 will be in Cairo from 15 to 18 March, in Aswan on 25 and 26 March, and in Damanhour from 15 to 17 April.

PROGRAMME

-- CAIRO

Saturday, 15 March

6.30pm at the Artistic Creativity Centre
Films: A Good Looking Woman Looking for Employment; An Hour a Day; Bahiya; Night; The Cave; The Winner; What's Going on?

6.30pm at the Cinema Hall, Hanager Arts Centre
Kids Like You and Me

9pm at the Artistic Creativity Centre
Electro Shaabi

Sunday, 16 March

6.30pm at the Cinema Hall, Hanager Arts Centre
Films: The Story of 'N'; Egyptian; Male Virgin

8pm at the Artistic Creativity Centre
Films: A Padlock and a Shackle; Bebo; Coloured Black; Crop; One Truth; Six; The House Game; Virtual

Monday, 17 March

8pm at the Artistic Creativity Centre
Films: After Greetings; Dream of Experience; Egyptian Tragedy Turns to a Kid's Game; Hayat; Onny; Rest in Peace; Sudden Malfunction; The Day I Stop Painting; The Girl

Tuesday, 18 March

6.30pm at the Artistic Creativity Centre
Good Morning Cairo

8pm at the Artistic Creativity Centre
Awards Ceremony

9pm at the Artistic Creativity Centre
Screening of winning films

-- ASWAN (at the Aswan Culture Palace)

Tuesday, 25 March

5.30pm
Opening

6pm
Films: A Good Looking Woman Required for Employment; An Hour a Day; Bahiya; Electro Shaabi; Night; The Cave; The Winner; What's Going on?

7.30pm
Electro Shaabi

Wednesday, 26 March

5.30pm
Films: A Padlock and a Shackle; Bebo; Coloured Black; Crop; One Truth; Six; The House Game; Virtual

7.15pm
Films: After Greetings; Dream of Experience; Egyptian Tragedy Turns to a Kid's Game; Hayat; Onny; Rest in Peace; Sudden Malfunction; The Day I Stop Painting; The Girl

-- DAMANHOUR (at the Damanhour Opera House)

Tuesday, 15 April

6.30pm
Films: A Good Looking Woman Required for Employment; An Hour a Day; Bahiya; Electro Shaabi; Night; The Cave; The Winner; What's Going on?

8pm
Electro Shaabi

Wednesday, 16 April

6.30pm
Films: The Story of 'N'; Egyptian; Male Virgin

7.30pm
Films: A Padlock and a Shackle; Bebo; Coloured Black; Crop; One Truth; Six; The House Game; Virtual

Thursday, 17 April

6.30pm
Kids Like You and Me

7.30pm
Films: After Greetings; Dream of Experience; Egyptian Tragedy Turns to a Kid's Game; Hayat; Onny; Rest in Peace; Sudden Malfunction; The Day I Stop Painting; The Girl

Venue addresses:

Artistic Creativity Centre and Hanager Arts Centre
Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

Aswan Culture Palace
Al-Akkad, Downtown, Aswan

Damanhour Opera House
Damanhour, Al-Beheira

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