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'Ravens of the City', 'Life after Siham' win top cash prizes at Cairo Film Connection

Prizes totaling nearly US $250,00 were handed out to several projects in both post and pre-production during the awards ceremony on Saturday in Cairo.
'Ravens of the City', 'Life after Siham' win top cash prizes at Cairo Film Connection

This year's Cairo Film Connection saw the projects being judged by the Lebanese Hania Mroueh, who runs the legendary Metropolis Cinema in Beirut, France's Alice Karroubi, who is the Programming Director of the Cannes Film Festival Market and Egyptian filmmaker Sherif El-Bandary.

Among the projects picked to receive both cash as well as production/marketing services awards were Saudi actress and filmmaker Ahd Kamel's latest My Driver and I which is in post production, and Namir Abdel Messeeh's Life after Siham, the Egyptian helmer's follow up to the much beloved 2011 film The Virgin, the Copts and Me.

Also noteworthy are the latest projects by Syrian filmmaker Soudade Kaadan who made The Day I Lost My Shadow and Mehdi Barsaoui's follow up to A Son, which both premiered in Venice.

And now the complete list of projects and prizes awarded.

For the independently sponsored awards:

OSN - $50,000 Licensing Agreement

Ravens of the City (pictured above) / Egypt - Sudan
Fiction In Development
Director: Adham El Sherif
Producer: Mohamed Al Omda


MAD Solutions & Ergo - MAD - Ergo, Award: Distribution in the Arab World with a Minimum Guarantee of $50,000

Life after Siham | France / Egypt
Fiction in Development
Director : Namir Abdel Messeeh
Producers : Camille Laemle- Ali El Araby
 

Shahid - $15,000 Cash Award

The Leftover Ladies | Egypt-USA
Fiction In Development
Director: Farida Zahran
Producer: Leah Chen Baker


IEFTA - In-kind Award - IEFTA MENTORSHIP AWARD: The IEFTA mentorship program is a focused and intensive initiative that works with the filmmaker and their team from development to distribution.

American Dream / Egypt
Doc In Development
Director : Amir El Shenawy
Producer : Ahmed Abdelslam

The Cell - In-kind Award

1- DCP package for a project in the post production

Nour / Egypt

Fiction In Development
Director: Sara Shazli
Producer: Marianne Khoury

2- Color grading for a project in the post production

My Driver and I | KSA-UK - France
Fiction In Development
Director : Ahd Kamel
Producer : Georgie Paget

3- promotional package to a project in post production ( teaser and trailer )

American Dream / Egypt
Doc In Development
Director : Amir El Shenawy
Producer : Ahmed Abdelslam


Arab Cinema in Sweden - Distribution in Sweden with a Minimum Guarantee of $5,000 & Marketing Campaign

A summer in Boujad / Morocco
Fiction In Post-Production
Director : Omar Mouldouira
Producer : Mohamed Nadif
 
ART - $10,000 Cash

Life after Siham | France / Egypt
Fiction in Development
Director : Namir Abdel Messeeh
Producers : Camille Laemle- Ali El Araby

 
Cornerstone - $10,000 Cash Award

Ravens of the City / Egypt - Sudan
Fiction In Development
Director: Adham El Sherif
Producer: Mohamed Al Omda
 

Rotana - $10,000 Cash

Nezouh / Syria - UK - France
Edit: 10 min
Fiction in Post
Director : Soudade Kaadan
Producer : Yu-Fai Suen

And these are the Cairo Film Connection Awards selected by a jury:

Palm Hills, Badya - $10,000 Cash

Bullets do not Kill. Silence Does / Tunisia – France
Doc in Development
Director : Hind Meddeb
Producer : Michel Zana

Etisalat - $10,000 Cash Award

Alam / Palestine-France-Tunisia Edit: 13 min
Fiction In Post-Production
Director: Firas Khoury
Producer: Producer Melik Kochbat


Film Independent:
• Virtual Consulting for a fiction feature film project in development

Ravens of the City / Egypt - Sudan
Fiction In Development
Director: Adham El Sherif
Producer: Mohamed Al Omda

Nour / Egypt
Fiction In Development
Director: Sara Shazli
Producer: Marianne Khoury
 

Arabia Pictures - $10,000 Cash

Aicha / Tunisia-France
Fiction In Development
Director: Mehdi Barsaoui
Producer: Habib Attia


AH Media Production - $10,000 Cash Award

Bye Bye Tiberias/ Palestine-France-Belgium-Qatar
Edit: 20 min
Documentary in Development
Director: Lina Soualem
Producer : Jean-Marie Nizan


Nation Production - $10,000 Cash Award

In the Land of Aram | Armenia-Lebanon-France
Fiction In Development.
Director: Tamara Stepanyan
Producer: Stéphane Jourdain

Red Sea International Film Festival - $10,000 Cash Award

On the Hill / Tunisia
Edit: 20 min
Documentary in Post-Production
Director: Belhassen Handous
Producer : Ala Eddine Slim
 

Arab Cinema Center - In-kind award
The award is an invitation given to the winning project's producer to attend the Rotterdam Lab, held on the sidelines of the 2022 International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR in the Netherlands

Ravens of the City / Egypt - Sudan
Fiction In Development
Director: Adham El Sherif
Producer: Mohamed Al Omda


Clakett
$5,000 Cash & In-kind award A subscription-based service offered by Clakett in support for enterprise to manage recruiting talents, assist with allocating production resources, shooting locations, offering a new and unique marketing channel, guaranteeing a new revenue stream and broader reach to your target audience.

Mohsen of Iraq / Iraq – Costa Rica
Edit: 20 min
Documentary in Post-Production
Director: Ishtar Yasin
 
Lagoonie Film Production - $5,000 Cash Award

Aicha / Tunisia-France
Fiction In Development
Director : Mehdi Barsaoui
Producer : Habib Attia


New Black - $5,000 Cash Award and Color Grading and Offline Editing Facilities

My Driver and I | KSA-UK-France
Fiction In Development
Director: Ahd Kamel
Producer: Georgina Piaget


Sard writing room -$5,000 USD Cash Award and Script Doctoring for a feature fiction project in development

The Leftover Ladies | Egypt-USA
Fiction In Development
Director: Farida Zahran
Producer: Leah Chen Baker

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