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30/12/2014

Filming El Ott: a kite, a curfew, and dates from Mr Fishawy's gardenFilming El Ott: a kite, a curfew, and dates from Mr Fishawy's garden

In September 2013, we visited the set of Ibrahim el Batout's new thriller El Ott

The sun is high in the sky above the pyramids, on the sand plateau just outside the Cairo metropolis. Technicians huddle in the sparse shade of the equipment vans. A camera trolley has been set up over the sand, and someone has carefully rubbed...

Industry, Egypt

30/12/2014

Behind the scenes of Ibrahim el Batout's El OttBehind the scenes of Ibrahim el Batout's El Ott

In September 2013, we visited the set of El Ott. Watch our making-of here

In September 2013, as Cairo continued under military-imposed curfew after a violent summer, award-winning Egyptian director Ibrahim el Batout was completing filming for his fifth feature film El Ott. Adapting his schedule to the curfew, he and...

Egypt

29/12/2014

Cimatheque seeks guest programmersCimatheque seeks guest programmers

Deadline: January 20, 2015

The Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo is currently looking for guest programmers interested in selecting films to be screened during Cimatheque’s first season. Cimatheque is committed to expanding the local audience for alternative...

Opportunities, Egypt

15/12/2014

Egyptian filmmaker crowdfunds for celluloid ode to Bergman's PersonaEgyptian filmmaker crowdfunds for celluloid ode to Bergman's Persona

Maged Nader will be developing his short film in Egypt's only hand-processing lab

Fathy, a desperate young writer, buys a bottle of shampoo, only to discover its label is an image from a Swedish cinematic classic, Ingmar Bergman's Persona. How did it get there? Young Egyptian filmmaker Maged Nader's next short film project,...

Egypt

05/12/2014

Egyptian, Palestinian short films to premiere in DubaiEgyptian, Palestinian short films to premiere in Dubai

Short films by Lebanese, Tunisian and Jordanian filmmakers also selected for the festival

A myriad of short films by Arab filmmakers will be screening at the Dubai International Film Festival from December 10 to 17, starting with no less than three Egyptian films screening in the competitive Muhr Shorts section. Ahmed Ibrahim's Al...

Events and Festivals, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan

04/12/2014

Applications open for short film development workshopApplications open for short film development workshop

Application deadline: January 10

The Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo, Egypt, is now accepting applications for a Short Film Development Workshop mentored by Egyptian director Hala Lotfy to take place between February 20 and 26, 2015. Eight projects will be selected...

Opportunities, Egypt

14/11/2014

Daniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in EuropeDaniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in Europe

"I’m convinced that great directors from this region of the world will emerge, and that Arab cinema will be increasingly exported"

Euromed Audiovisual met with Daniel Ziskind, representative of Egyptian production company ZAD in Europe. The company has just released the film El Ott by Ibrahim El Batout with Amr Waked, an Egyptian star known for his role as the French police...

Industry, Egypt

06/11/2014

Cairo's Panorama of the European Film announces its line-upCairo's Panorama of the European Film announces its line-up

Winter Sleep among the films at two main venues, including new arthouse screen Zawya

Cairo's autumn European film rendez-vous is back with award-winning titles from all over Europe at two cinemas: Galaxy and new arthouse screen Zawya. The seventh edition of the Panorama of the European Film, an event founded by Egyptian producer...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

31/10/2014

Hefzy, Abdalla reteam on Black Tea adaptationHefzy, Abdalla reteam on Black Tea adaptation

Hefzy also co-producing Mohamed Khan’s next film Before the Summer Crowds

Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy and director Ahmad Abdalla are reuniting for an adaptation of Lebanese writer Rabee Jaber’s 1995 novel Black Tea, reports Melanie Goodfellow for Screen Daily. “Set mostly in Beirut, the story follows a young man...

Egypt

30/10/2014

Eyes of a Thief, Gate of Departure to compete at Cairo International Film FestivalEyes of a Thief, Gate of Departure to compete at Cairo International Film Festival

El Ott, Theeb, Challat, Silvered Water and Decor also to screen at a new, revived edition

The much-awaited 36th Cairo International Film Festival has unveiled its programme, with Arab and European titles in its new and revived sections. The festival is to run at the Cairo Opera House from November 9 to 18. In the festival's...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

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