Selected International Film Festivals

Cairo International Film Festival

Cairo International Film Festival
17 Kasr el Nil Street
11111 Cairo
phone +202 23 95 87 20
fax +202 23 93 89 79

Magda Wassef

Artistic Director
Youssef Cherif Rizkallah

Year of Foundation 1976

Event Date from 20 November 2018 till 29 November 2018

in Cairo, Egypt

International Competition

Sections International Competition for Feature Films, Special Screenings, Festival of Festivals, Feature Film Classics, Tributes, Guest of Honor from Wolrd Cinema.

Parallel (independent) programs:
1. Horizons of Arab Cinema (HNAC) (organized by the Egyptian Filmmakers Syndicate EFMS)
2. International Critic's Days (ICD) for first and second features (organized by the Egyptian Film Critics Association)
3. Cinema of Tomorrow International Competition for shorts and student films (organized by the Union Students of the Cinema Institute in Egypt USHCI)

Category Documentary, Feature, Short

Terms of Entry Films must have be produced after September 2017, no prior screening in competition at other international festivals, Egyptian premiere required,

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP, HDCAM, Blu-ray

Registration Deadline 23 September 2018

Fees none

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

German Films


International Competition
DONBASS by Sergei Loznitsa (DE/UA/FR/RO/NL, Fiction)

Official Selection: Out of Competition
AYKA by Sergey Dvortsevoy (RU/DE/PL/KZ, Pallas Film)
TRANSIT by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schramm Film Koerner & Weber)

Critic Week Competition
ÁGA by Milko Lazarov (BG/DE/FR, 42film)

International Panorama
3 DAYS IN QUIBERON (3 TAGE IN QUIBERON) by Emily Atef (DE/AT/FR, Rohfilm Factory)
CANDELARIA by Jhonny Hendrix (CO/DE/NO/AR, Razor Film Productions)
DAUGHTER OF MINE by Laura Bispuri (IT/DE/CH, Match Factory Productions)
LEMONADE by Ioana Uricaru (RO/CA/DE/SE, 42film)

New Egyptian Cinema
DREAM AWAY by Marouan Omara & Johanna Domke (DE/EG/QA, Monokel, Fruitmarket)

Arab Female Filmmakers
MY FAVORITE FABRIC by Gaya Jiji (FR/DE/TK, Katuh Studio)
WADJDA by Haifaa Al Mansour (DE/SA, Razor Film Produktion)

Number of Films Shown 160 films from 44 countries

Media Coverage no information available

Specific 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.

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