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‘The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic’, ‘Life of Ivanna’, and ‘Katia’ win El Gouna Film Festival Awards

The winning films in the competitive sections were announced and received the GFF’s cash prizes, which amounted up to $244,000.
‘The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic’, ‘Life of Ivanna’, and ‘Katia’ win El Gouna Film Festival Awards

The El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) wrapped up its fifth edition recently with a closing ceremony and reception that was held at the striking El Gouna Conference and Culture Centre (GCCC), in which the winning films in the competitive sections were announced and received the GFF’s cash prizes, which amounted up to $244,000.

Hosted by TV personality Jasmine Taha Zaky, the ceremony presented GFF's Career Achievement Award to Palestinian actor and director Mohammed Bakri.

In addition, Egyptian actress Elham Shahin presented a video commemorating the legacy of renowned late screenwriter Wahid Hamed, which contained expressions of gratitude from a number of stars and directors who worked with him, such as Egyptian superstar Youssra, and directors Marwan Hamed, Mohamed Yassin, and Tamer Mohsen who spoke about what makes Hamed’s writing stand out as well as his iconic characters along with clips from his most famed works.

The full ceremony was streamed on the festival's Facebook page.

And now the full awards list.

Feature Narrative Competition:

El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $50,000) went to The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic by Teemu Nikki.

El Gouna Silver Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $25,000) went to Sundown by Michel Franco.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $15,000) went to Captain Volkonogov Escaped by Aleksey Chupov and Natalya Merkulova.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Narrative Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $20,000) went to Feathers by Omar El Zohairy.

El Gouna Star for the Best Actor (Trophy and Certificate) went to Petri Poikolainen for his role in The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic.

El Gouna Star for the Best Actress (Trophy and Certificate) went to Maya Vanderbeque for her role in Playground.

Feature Documentary Competition:

El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, Certificate, and U$30,000) went to Life of Ivanna by Renato Borrayo Serrano.

El Gouna Silver Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $15,000) went to Ostrov – Lost Island by Svetlana Rodina and Laurent Stoop.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, Certificate, and US 7,500) went to Sabaya by Hogir Hirori.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Documentary Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $10,000) went to Captains of Za’atari by Ali El Arabi.

Short Film Competition:

El Gouna Golden Star for Short Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $15,000) went to Katia by Andrey Natotcinskiy.

El Gouna Silver Star for Short Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $7,500) went to Holy Son by Aliosha Massine.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Short Film (Trophy, Certificate, and  $4,000) went to On Solid Ground by Jela Hasler.

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Short Film (Trophy, Certificate, and $5,000) went to CAI-BER by Ahmed Abdelsalam.

The Short Film jury also gave a special mention to actress Aisha Al Rifaie for her debut performance in the Saudi short film Nour Shams by Faiza Ambah.

The Cinema for Humanity Audience Award was voted by GFF’s audience to a film that exemplifies humanitarian themes, and the award (Trophy, Certificate, and $20,000) went to Ostrov – Lost Island by Svetlana Rodina and Laurent Stoop.

El Gouna Green Star Award, given by GFF to films that highlight environmental issues. This award (El Gouna Green Star, Certificate, and $10,000) went to Costa Brava, Lebanon by Mounia Akl. In collaboration with Recycle for Tomorrow initiative, El Gouna Green Star Award was presented by Mohamed Shelbaya, CEO of PepsiCo Egypt.

The NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film went to Captain Volkonogov Escaped by Aleksey Chupov and Natalya Merkulova.  Additionally, the NETPAC Award jury gave a Special Mention to Once Upon a Time in Calcutta by Aditya Vikram Sengupta.

The FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut Film went to Costa Brava, Lebanon by Mounia Akl, and the Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers went to Adel by Dina Eleleimy.

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