01/06/2013

Egypt's Ismailia Film Festival to include 10 world premieres

Documentaries and shorts at the festival's 16th edition from June 4 to 9

Events and Festivals, Egypt

Egypt's Ismailia Film Festival to include 10 world premieres

The Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts is to screen over 52 films from 30 countries, including 10 world premieres, reports Ahram Online.

The festival will also include a co-production platform for 10 documentary films in production and two in post-production. Their filmmakers are invited to the festival to attend a peer review workshop, with access to experts and funding that could help them complete their projects. A prize of $20.000 will also be up for grabs.

"In a first time collaboration with Screen Institute Beirut, the festival is also organising an editing workshop for three projects in the post-production phase," Mohamed Hefzy, the festival's director and the founder of Egyptian production company Film Clinic, told the press. "Three professional tutors from Denmark, Syria and Egypt will conduct the workshop sessions. We started working on this initiative four months ago. The aim is to enhance the film industry."

The festival will also for the first time screen 15 films from the National Film Centre's archive, featuring the Suez Canal and the role played by the province's residents from 1954 until 1974, through times of war.

Jury members include internationally acclaimed Egyptian documentary filmmaker Tahani Rached, and Safinez Bousbia, director of the critically acclaimed El Gusto.

The jury for the short films and animation section will be presided over by Michelle Driguez and includes Chadi Zinnedine and Egyptian filmmaker Sherif El-Bendary.

German-Egyptian film scholar and filmmaker Viola Shafik will act as the jury president for the co-production platform, with Hania Mroueh and Malek Khoury, head of the film programme at the American University in Cairo, acting as jury members.

The Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts first launched in 1991, organised by the Egyptian Film Centre. The coastal city of Ismailia, which was established in 1863 with the construction of the Suez Canal by Khedive Ismail, has so far hosted 15 editions of the festival.

The Ismailia festival awards the best two films in the four main competitions — long documentary films, short documentary films, short feature films, and animation films.

 

Source: Ahram Online

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