Cairo International Film Festival
Youssef Cherif Rizkallah
Year of Foundation 1976
Event Date from 20 November 2019 till 29 November 2019
in Cairo, Egypt
Sections International Competition for feature fiction and documentary films, Special Screenings, Horizons of New Arab Cinema Competition for feature fiction and documentary films, nternational Critics’ Week Competition for feature fiction and documentary films, Cinema of Tomorrow International Competition for short fiction films, International Panorama, New Egyptian Cinema (2018 – 2019), Feature Film Classics, Tributes Films, Country in Focus
Terms of Entry Films must have be produced after September 2018, no prior screening in competition at other international festivals, Egyptian premiere required
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Format DCP, HDCAM, Blu-ray
Registration Deadline 20 October 2019
Prizes/Awards Golden Pyramid (Best Film), Silver Pyramid (Special Jury Prize), Best Actor/Actress, Best Director, Best Script, Best Artistic Contribution, The Honorary Golden Pyramid (Lifetime Achievement Award), FIPRESCI Prizes
Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition
BAGDHAD IN MY SHADOW by Samir (CH/DE/GB/IQ, COIN FILM)
Cinema of Tomorrow
SEA OF DUNES (DÜNENMEER) by Nissmah Roshdy (DE/EG, Ostpol)
THE TRAP by Nada Riyadh (EG/DE, Inselfilm Produktion)
Official Selection: Out of Competition
A HIDDEN LIFE by Terrence Malick (DE/US, Studio Babelsberg)
ABOUT ENDLESSNESS by Roy Andersson (SE/DE/NO, Essential Filmproduktion)
IT MUST BE HEAVEN by Elia Suleiman (FR/DE/CA/TK, Pallas Film)
LITTLE JOE by Jessica Hausner (AT/GB/DE, Essential Filmproduktion)
MONOS by Alejandro Landes (CO/AR/NL/DK/SE/DE/UY, Pandora Film)
PROXIMA by Alice Winocour (FR/DE, Pandora Film)
GASMAN (GASMANN) by Arne Körner (Against Reality Pictures)
MOZART RECYCLED by Victoria Piczman & Britta Schoening (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg)
ROOTS by Ozan Mermer (MX/DE, HFF Munich)
THE WHISTLERS by Corneliu Porumboiu (RU/FR/DE, Komplizen Film)
Mexico – Country in Focus
SILENT LIGHT (STILLES LICHT) by Carlos Reygadas (MX/FR/NL/DE, Network Movie)
Number of Films Shown 160 films from 44 countries
Media Coverage no information availableSpecific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Feature Film Festival (so-called "A-Festival").
Evaluation The Cairo International Film Festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture in Egypt. It aims to contribute the art and science of film and encourage intercultural dialogue.
Until 2012, contact with the festival and access of informationhas been rather difficult. Even though it wasn't a relevant event from a business point of view, the festival attracted a huge number of local spectators. Directors/right holders were asked to accompany their films to ensure proper projection conditions and adequate return shipment of the print.
In 2013, the festival paused for one year due to the political situation and changes in Egypt. The 2014's edition is supposed to be a new beginning for this old festival. The well-known Arabian film critic Samir Farid became the president of the festival and the festival staff has been changed, with the goal to reduce bureaucratic barriers. This could be a chance to increase to international reputation and importance of the festival.
Services The Festival covers the cost of returning screening copies of selected films. The Festival creates electronic subtitltes in Arabian language.