The closing of “CineGouna” Platform has finally arrived along with the awards ceremony as part of the Gouna Film Festival at the Marina Theatre. where various projects by directors and producers from the Arab world were competing for creative and financial support.
The ceremony was initiated by “Intishal El Tamimy” the Gouna Film Festival’s Director who thanked the Platform’s team as well as mentors, and the jury. He also gave a special thanks to “Bushra” the festival’s COO.
Presenting the awards was “Nada Howedi“ the Senior Springboard coordinator of the CineGouna platform. “Siza Zayed,” the CineGouna Bridge Manager also thanked her team including volunteers and festival organizers as well as the sponsors.
The Springboard Jury consisted of experts in filmmaking from all over the world who came to choose a winner in both the projects in development category and the ones in post-production. The winners received a CineGouna Platform Certificate and a cash prize of US $15,000. Additional awards are presented through local and regional institutions for a total of $250,000 US.
The first award was presented to a project in development called “Harvest” directed by “Ely Dagher” from Lebanon for a prize worth $15,000 US. This project also won the award presented by the Drosos Foundation by Omar Sameh worth another $15,000 US. The producer of the movie “Harvest” expressed his gratitude and stated that the Gouna Film Festival was the best festival he’s ever been to and thanked the jury “because they believe in cinematic documentary.”
The second project to win an award worth $15,000 US was a project in post-production entitled “A Long Breath” directed by “Remi Itani” from Lebanon.
The project that won the most awards was “Straight to The Goal” a film in development directed by “Tamer Ashry” from Egypt. The project won awards from the sponsors iProduction for $10,000 US, Ergo Media Ventures for $10,000 US, Waraq powered by Magic Beans for $5,000 US.
The project also won $15,000 from Film Independent and U.S Embassy and the chance for their screenwriter to participate in the Film Independent Forum Independent Spirit Awards Residency. And finally unlimited location shooting service provided by Dakhli West El Balad presented by Moshira Adel.
El Taher Media Production sponsored an award worth $15,000 which they presented to “Yalla, Baba!”, a project in development from Lebanon and directed by “Angie Obeid”. “
“Mahmoud El Bat” from the Arab Radio & Television Network (ART) awarded $15,000 US to “Daughters of Abdul-Rahman”, a film in development from Jordan directed by “Zaid Abu Hamdan”.
Intishal presented the award sponsored by “Synergy Films” worth $10,000 US to “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”, a film in development from Egypt and directed by “Mohamed Taher”. The film also won a $15,000 US sponsorship from Film Independent and U.S. Embassy for their creative producer to participate in the Film Independent Forum Residency.
“Captains of Za’atari”, an Egyptian film in post-production directed by “Ali El-Arabi” won an award worth $10,000 from “New Century Production” and another reward worth $10,000 from Cell Creative Media Solutions”. They also won the chance to participate in IEFTA’s Global Film Expression Initiative and a sponsorship to attend a partnering festival lab or workshop. “Plum Season”, a Moroccan project in development directed by “Rim Mejdi” also won the IEFTA sponsorship.
“Lagoonie Film Production” sponsored an award worth $10,000 presented by “Mohamed El A’ad” to “Severed Head”, a Tunisian film in development directed by “Lotfi Achour”.
“Daughters of Abdul-Rahman”, a project in development from Jordan directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan won an award presented by “Lina El Rifai” from Rotana worth $10,000.
The biggest award was sponsored by OSN and was worth $50,000 US which they presented to “Mica”, a Moroccan film in development directed by “Ismaël Ferroukhi”. The filmmakers were humbled by this reward and were “happy to see Gouna selecting a wonderful project”.
“Sherif Fathy” from Cell Post Production presented an award worth $10,000 and their post-production services to “Our Dark 70s”, a Moroccan film in post-production directed by Ali Essafi.
“Looking For Sa’adah”, a Palestinian film in development directed by “Areen Omari” won $5,000 sponsored by Art City for Cinema and TV Production.
The ceremony was attended by Bushra, the festival’s COO, as well as filmmakers and actors like Saba Mubarak, Sara Abdel Rahman and the director Khairy Beshara.
Egypt’s star Angham to perform in Alexandria on March 24
Egyptian superstar Angham will perform in Hilton Green Plaza hotel in Alexandria on March 24.
Angham will perform live concert at Abdeen Palace on February 25.
In 2021,Angham hand prints were added to wall of fame in Saudi Arabia.
Angham performed at Cairo Opera House on July 1, 2021.
In celebration of the New Year … Socialista hosts distinguishable designers at La fête de Noel
Saying goodbye to a very remarkable year in the fashion industry and approaching a new aspiring one, Socialista Events blends the sparkling trendy fashion vibes with the most wonderful time of the year at la fête de Noel, the fashion exhibition held from Dec 18th – 20th at Park St. in Sheikh Zayed in partnership with the Arab African International Bank.
Bringing our beloved designers and celebrities from Egypt and Lebanon to celebrate and define the latest fashion trends of 2021, highlighting the means to master winter season, in the presence of Ayman Fathy, Katia, Diala Makki, Dina Ragheb, Hanady Mehana, Marzouk, Illyas, and Aisha El shabrawy.
The event showcased over 30 prominent Egyptian and Arab exhibitors for ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories, in addition to home accessories to provide all what you are looking for in the holiday season under one roof. On top of the exhibitors are; the diva Dalida Ayach, le Petit Chato, Dina Shaker, Koukla, Dalia Sabet, El Kasr Jewelry, Noha Abassi, El Baz Jewelry. Besides, Posh Shades, which brings the latest in the world of sunglasses and eyeglasses.
During the event, the Algerian-London based designer, Ilyes Quali held one-of-a-kind Trunk Show that presents contrasting sharp, structured tailoring with dramatic frills & pleats, mastering the art of creating pieces that imbibe the street style essence.
The serial entrepreneur, founder & CEO of Socialista Events, Yasmine Sarwat, highlighted how fashion is a core in the human well-being, how it impacts our mental health and encourages positivity and productivity. She stated, “The way we dress radiates outward to the surroundings, it also moves inward to speak what we feel and even affect our moods”. She explained that there is science behind fashion and stressed on the link between psychology and fashion, which puts great responsibility on the industry’s players especially during the times of different occasions of the year.
Sarwat added, “We are delighted to be hosting and celebrating the new year with our distinguishable partners of success and we always work to share the joy with our clients and present what they aspire for”.
For an unforgettable closing, the mega star Ruby was the main guest at La fête de Noel, who filled the night with her equisetic voice and wished happy beginnings for all the Arabs in the new year.
THE GOLDEN PARADE
In a spectacular display of cultural revitalization and preservation, Egypt stunned the world with her Golden Parade. The royal procession rivaled those of centuries past in extravagance and the awe it left in its wake. The official transference of 22 mummies, 18 pharaohs and four queens from The Egyptian museum in heart of Cairo to the next nucleus of Egyptian history and culture, The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. This momentous event came to being after a year long preparation in which the efforts of key individuals led to an unparalleled display which captivated millions across the globe. The colossal effort behind the scenes owe its thanks to several companies and individuals.
The phenomenal production by Kokoro Agency heads Production Designer and Art Director Mohamed Attia and partner Shady Ezz, oversaw the process to ensure the visually distinct nature of the Golden Parade. Following the event Mohamed Attia “The happiness and pride of the people come from how we as Egyptians are capable. That we’re capable of meeting the international standard, with it being accomplished yesterday before the eyes of every Egyptian and the world.” This substantial work stands as an example of Egyptian creativity and attention to detail which Shady Ezz remarked “after a year and a half worth of preparation, I’m delighted with the domestic and international reception”. Having successfully captured the grandiosity and awe inspiring spectacle of the Ancient Egyptians Kokoro and everyone involved in the production of the Parade have forged work that has earned the pride of Egyptians everywhere.
The visual journey that was embarked upon by every viewer who witnessed the parade was one guided by the hand of DOP and Director Mazen El Motagawel. Responsible for the vision of the event, his efforts ensured a spectacle that offered viewers a unique glimpse into the past, which he says “will never be repeated in a lifetime”. Through intricate rehearsals and preparation, he ensured that every second that was viewed on air deserved to be cemented in the minds and hearts of Egyptians. The parade necessitated a delicate touch and a carefully orchestrated sequence of events, which presented substantial challenges which required an unmatched creativity to ensure such a vision comes to fruition. He stated that “the lighting design was extremely technically demanding regarding how to manage lighting on such a grand scale, especially the coordination between the parade and the visual elements”. Mazen El Motagawel’s work was complemented by Ahmed El Morsi’s remarkable directing and filming the retelling of ancient Egyptian history by prominent Egyptian actors as well as the official anthem by the acclaimed artist Mohamed Mounir. All theses elements came together to mark a new chapter in modern Egyptian history in which it solidifies its identity. One that embraces the legacy of its past and its optimistic path towards achieving its potential.
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Plant based materials, are revolutionizing the world of fashion fabrics, from pineapple leather, rose silk, and recyclable material these materials are making a change in the world of fashion. The planet had been in danger since the environmental catastrophe of global warming, and increased levels of consumption. The sustainability of fashion, and our lifestyles can make a wider change in the way the planet can be saved. Thankfully, when the Fashion industry had been aware of the influence it has on contaminating the environment, several actions were taken, by considerable industry names. The fashion industry had a detrimental impact on the environment, through cotton harvesting, harmful chemical gases released through the manufacturing of polyester and nylon, a million of textile waste released every day. In an effort to cease the fashion industry harm to the environment, huge names such as Stella McCartney, Adidas, Nike, Hermes, are choosing an environmentally friendly biomaterial. Vegan leather has become one of the most sustainable alternatives to save the planet. These Biotech materials range from, spider silk, algae, mycelium leather, cactus leather, onion skin, coffee grounds, and even glittering sweat crystals. These biologically adapted materials, are convenient and advantageous than any other material used in history, causing less deterioration to the planet.
2022 Color is Pantone’s Lilac Very Peri
A color about encouraging creativity and imagination, encourages personal inventiveness and courageousness. A color that illuminates your personality and, thoughts, a color that brings out the artistry within each individual’s creations, Very Peri – 17-3938 by Pantone is a color made for the most erratic creations. Pantone a creative LLC company that had been well established for their color systems, design, printing, manufacturing, and supporting the management of color from design to production, amongst several materials. The corporation is located is Carlstadt New Jersey, and founded by Lawrence Herbert. Since 2000, Pantone had been fascinating the world with its creations of colors and, deciding the shade of the year. This annum, was a appealing purple blue, with red undertones. The selection process requires trend analysis, and drawing from the worlds of entertainments, art fashion, design, and several entities. As this color selection process is difficult and requires lots of accuracy. Though Veri Peri, a deep darkened Purple with red undertones is a vivid color for expression creativity, euphoria, and magical capabilities that youth hold within them. If you’re a passionate creative with strong personal ambitions this is the color for you.