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Cairo International Film Festival: Leading Arab And African Festival To Make Waves At Cannes

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The upcoming Cannes Film Festival, scheduled to take place from May 16th to 27th, will feature the participation of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) in three distinct events.

As part of the Cannes Film Market’s Fantastic 7 initiative, CIFF will present and endorse director Talal Selhami’s upcoming film “The Shelter” on Sunday, May 21st

As part of the Festivals Hub activities, CIFF will be collaborating with WorkPlace Options and Sane Cinema to host a workshop titled “Prioritizing Wellbeing at Work: Sparking the Conversation amongst Festivals” on Wednesday, May 24th.

Hussein Fahmy, the president of CIFF, and Amir Ramses, the director of CIFF, will be heading to the French city of Cannes to attend the Cannes Film Market (“Marché du Film”) on May 16-24, where they will represent the festival.

CIFF is backing this year’s ‘Festivals Mixer’ networking occasion, which is being held on Wednesday 24 in collaboration with the Festivals Hub. The event will bring together prominent festival representatives, filmmakers, producers, and distributors from around the world to connect with other festivals and markets.

“We are proud for CIFF’s first official partnership with the Festival Hub’s networking event. We are looking forward for further cooperation in the upcoming editions,” stated CIFF president Hussein Fahmy.

The festival’s director Amir Ramses added that “the partnership with Fantastic 7 is a very important step that aims to enrich genre cinema in the Arab World, especially as international festivals are focusing on author’s films. Our partnership in the festivals’ industry workshop for wellbeing reflects our mission to search for solutions for the current challenges and to create a healthier work environment.”

The Festivals Hub is a specially designed program and venue located within the Cannes Film Market, exclusively catering to festival and market directors, programmers, and industry leaders, providing them with a platform to connect and engage with one another.

Last year’s CIFF edition was a great triumph, thanks to the festival’s new dream team at the helm. Egyptian filmmakers had the opportunity to meet other talented filmmakers from the region, as well as from around the world. There were several highlights, including the MENA premiere of Bread and Salt, a Polish film by Damian Kocur that was popular at festivals, as well as EO, Poland’s Oscar submission. Sherief Elkatsha’s latest documentary, Far from the Nile, also had its world premiere. The 44th edition of the Arab world’s longest-running festival commenced with Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film, The Fabelmans, which was nominated for an Oscar.

The submission window for the 45th edition of CIFF, scheduled for November 15-24, has been launched. Individuals from all around the globe may now officially request to submit their entries via the festival’s official website, starting from April 15, 2023 until August 1, 2023.

The Cairo International Film Festival holds the distinction of being one of the oldest and most consistently held festivals in both the Arab world and Africa. Its exceptional status is due to the fact that it is the sole festival in the Arab and African regions that is registered under Category “A” in the International Federation of Producers in Paris (FIAPF).

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