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Khairy Beshara, Moussa Touré and Marwan Hamed to Helm Juries at the 3rd Edition of GFF

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El Gouna Film Festival returns stronger this year with its 3rd edition that glamorously kicked off last night, with the aim of showcasing a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience in the presence of the industry’s pioneers as judges.

Here are the categories of which film are competing in and the jury panel of each!

As was the case in its previous two editions, El Gouna Film Festival, in its 3 rd edition, brings together some of the most talented international and Arab filmmakers, film critics and experts to select the winning films in its three main competitions with the participation of acclaimed films by celebrated and influential directors, in addition to exciting and innovative films by emerging filmmakers, the process of selecting the award winners is indeed a challenging task.

 

The jury of the Feature Narrative Competition has the iconic Egyptian film director Khairy Beshara for president. Beshara has been active in the film industry since the 1970s and is considered one of the directors who redefined realism in Egyptian cinema, he is also one of the first Arab directors to venture into digital filmmaking in the late 1990s.

Among the members is award-winning director and producer Mai Masri, one of the pillars of Palestinian and Arab cinema; Nashen Moodley, the director of the Sydney Film Festival, who served in juries at San Sebastian, Busan, Toronto, Rotterdam, Durban and Tokyo film festivals; and Resul Pookutty, Asia’s most feted sound technician, winner of an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; and Stas Tyrkin, film critic and artistic director of the Dvizheniye National Debut Film Festival and the Strelka Film Festival.

Mai Masri, Palestinian Filmmaker

The Feature Documentary Competition jury is headed by acclaimed Senegalese director, producer, screenwriter and actor Moussa Touré, founder of the Moussa Invite Festival in Senegal, which aims to promote African documentaries directed by African filmmakers. The jury members include award-winning director and producer Anne Aghion, who is a panelist and juror at film festivals including Cannes and IDFA; Ludmila Cvikova, who was a programmer at the International Film Festival Rotterdam for 15 years, and has cooperated with numerous international festivals; Talal Derki, a renowned Syrian film director, producer and screenwriter who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2019; award-winning Egyptian costume designer Nahed Nasrallah, who has worked with many legendary directors such as Youssef Chahine and Yousry Nasrallah.

The Short Film Competition jury is headed by prominent Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, who received numerous awards and honors for his feature films such as The Yacoubian Building (2006) and The Blue Elephant (2014). The jury also includes Colombian-Belgian film director and cinematographer Juanita Onzaga; as well as the director of the Tampere Film Festival, Jukka-Pekka Laakso, who has served as a jury member at numerous film festivals around the world.

In addition, two acclaimed figures from the Arab world are members of the Short Film Competition jury; Iraqi director, producer and screenwriter Mohamed Daradji, whose films have been selected for leading international film festivals; and Tunisian star Dorra Zarrouk, one of the leading actresses in Egypt and the Middle East who starred in more than 30 films, theater plays and TV series across the region.

Additionally, the 3 rd edition of El Gouna Film Festival welcomes the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) jury, which will award one feature-length film by an Asian director from the GFF program. The NETPAC jury consists of Gulnara Abikeyeva, film critic and historian from Kazakhstan; Syrian-French film critic Nada Azhari; and Hasan Haddad, writer and film critic from Bahrain.

This year also marks GFF’s first time to host an International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) jury, who will award one feature-length Arab film from the lineup of the Festival. FIPRESCI jury members are Karsten Kastelan, journalist and film critic from Germany; Mervat Omar, film critic from Egypt; and Frédéric Ponsard, film critic from France.

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Fabrica’s ‘Queen Tribute’ Wins Best Music Video Award at MoziMotion in Netherlands

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Egypt’s musical theater company Fabrica has won ‘Best Music Video‘ award for their ‘Mercury Rising: A Queen Tribute’ during the ninth edition of the MoziMotion Film Festival in the Netherlands.

The music video was released earlier in January following the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie, the video was directed by Mohamed Koushi with the art direction and choreography of Omar Warda.

Music arrangement was prepared by Mohab Kaddah and it featured Fabrica’s singers: Alia Khaled, Nardine Reda, Farida Tamer; altos Hana Afifi, Laila Ashraf, Nathalie Alain; Ali Ballout, Adel Badawy, Omar Warda; basses Amir Zarkani, Mohab Kaddah and Mina Sami.

 

“What captured everybody’s attention was – and it shows that they’re theatre actors – the first, I would say, 90% of the first, it’s a continuous camera roll, it’s a one take. You go all the way to the end and if you mess up, you’ve got to start all over again.” said Ruben Kazantsev, MoziMotion co-founder.

The ninth edition of the festival began on October 5th and concluded last night, after hitting a new record of 4,000 participating films from more than 100 countries.

 

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The Egyptian Medical Syndicate Elects For the First Time a Female Chairperson

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Dr. Sherina Ghaleb, Cairo University Forensic Medicine and Toxicology professor has made history by becoming the very first woman to be elected for the position of chairperson of the Egyptian Doctors Syndicate. 

The midterm elections of the syndicate took place on Friday under the supervision of the National Authority of Administrative Prosecution, the election selected a chairperson and board members.

Dr Ghaleb has led so far an impressive medical career, serving as Vice President of the Islamic Countries Forensic Medicine Organization and Secretary General of the Arab Union of Forensics and Toxicology. She also served as President of the International Association of Law and Forensic Sciences and is one of the founding members of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in London.

 

 

 

 

 

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Egyptian Movie ‘Leil Khargy’ Wins Best Film at Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden

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The Egyptian movie Exterior/ Nigh ‘Leil Khargy‘ won the ‘Best Film’ award in the feature competition at Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden.

 

The movie is directed by Ahmed Abdalla and starsSherif Desouky, Karim Kassem, Mona Hala, Basma, Ahmed Malek, and Ahmed Magdy. The comedy drama follows the lives of Toto who is a sex worked, Moe, a playboy and an Islamic cab driver called Mostafa.

The three of them walk a journey of life-changing events and faces different facets of life in Cairo, as they face uttering situations of sexism and classism. This is an attempt of the director’s vision of portraying the complex life and picture of human of Cairo.

The opening ceremony of Malmo Arab Film Festival’s ninth edition took place on October 4 and concluded yesterday night with the awards granting ceremony.

 

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