Cairo Film Fest plans three events at this year's Festival de Cannes

Among those, just announced, are accompanying and endorsing a project participating in the Cannes Film Market’s Fantastic 7 initiative and supporting this year’s ‘Festivals Mixer’ networking event.
Cairo Film Fest plans three events at this year's Festival de Cannes

The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is participating in three events that will be held as part of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival taking place from May 16th to the 27th.

CIFF president Hussein Fahmy and the CIFF director Amir Ramses will travel to the French city to represent the festival at the Cannes Film Market (“Marché du Film”) - (16-24 May).

On Sunday 21 May, CIFF is presenting and endorsing director’s Talal Selhami’s under-production film ‘The Shelter,’ as part of the Cannes Film Market’s Fantastic 7 initiative.

On Wednesday 24 May, CIFF - in cooperation with WorkPlace Options and Sane Cinema- will support a workshop titled ‘Prioritizing Wellbeing at Work: Sparking the Conversation amongst Festivals,’ as part of the Festivals Hub activities.

In association with the Festivals Hub, CIFF is supporting this year’s ‘Festivals Mixer’ networking event- that will be held also on Wednesday 24 -- where some of the world’s most prestigious festival representatives, filmmakers, producers and distributors are gathering 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."

Festivals Hub is an exclusive program and venue within the Cannes Film Market, specifically designed to welcome and connect festival and market directors, programmers & industry leaders.

Last year's edition of CIFF, the first one with the new dream team at the helm of the festival, was a very successful one, seeing Egyptian filmmakers coming face to face with other talents from the Region, as well as international filmmakers. Some of the highlights included the MENA premiere of Polish festival darling Bread and Salt by Damian Kocur, along with the country's Oscar submission EO, and the world premiere of the latest documentary by Sherief Elkatsha titled Far from the Nile. The 44th edition of the longest running festival in the Arab world kicked off with Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans.

CIFF has recently opened submission for the upcoming 45th edition (15-24 November). The submission process is officially open to requests from all over the world starting from 15 April 2023 until August 1 2023 through festival’s official website.

Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most regular festivals in the Arab world and Africa. It acquires its unique status by being the only festival in the Arab and African region registered under Category “A” in the International Federation of Producers in Paris (FIAPF).

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