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 2019 till 29 November 2019

Event Date

in Cairo, Egypt

International Competition

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

Category Documentary, Feature, Short

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

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


Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition

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)

International Panorama
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 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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