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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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Emmys Awards 2020: Top Highlights From the Ceremony

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Emmys Awards 2020 went virtual this year amid the ongoing coronavirus scare, but the ceremony was a whole lot more successful than expected.

“The Emmys themselves are not eligible to actually win an Emmy, but the Herculean task of pulling this off the way they have would deserve one,” said Deadline’s Pete Hammond.

The event saw many highlights that left us all entertained and surprised at times!

1. The Somewhat Friends Reunion

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Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre Will Launch Virtually In September

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Egypt’s Ministry of Culture is launching its 27th edition of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (CIFET) online this September.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the festival’s new management decided to hold this year’s edition online for the very first time, in light of the current situation caused by the pandemic.

The move was taken to ensure the health and safety of the participants and visitors. 

Last year, the festival witnessed participation from 40 countries, with around 22 productions presented during the festival. The 2019 edition took place at various theatres in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The main competition saw performances from around the world, including the US, Brazil, Switzerland, Kosovo, Portugal, Hungary, Morocco, Kuwait, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria, South Africa, Nigeria, and Congo.

The festival will be headed by Alaa Abdel Aziz Suleiman, a young theatre maker who adds so much to the edition from noticeable changes and adjustments.

According to Suleiman, the deadline for application forms from the teams wishing to participate in the festival is on August 10th. The festival administration confirmed that the ongoing pandemic has posed challenges for theatrical practices, whether on the production side or in presenting the works themselves.

 

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This US Museum Inaugurated an Exhibition Dedicated to Egypt’s Sunken Treasures

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now hosting the Egyptian exhibition, Sunken Cities: The Enchanting World of Egypt, which was inaugurated on July 3rd.

The exhibition sees different historical periods and is also showcasing 293 artifacts that were recovered from the cities Heracleion and Canopus in the eastern port of Alexandria and the port of Abu Qir.

It also houses two large statues of Isis and Serapis in addition to statues of a Sphinx and some ornaments and household items.

“When people come to this exhibition, they’re going to see amazing works of art that reveal the diversity of the ancient world and the ways that the civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome interacted and influenced each other more than 2,000 years ago,” said Peter Schertz, curator of the exhibit.

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“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities. The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see treasures recovered from two powerful ancient Egyptian cities that sank into the Mediterranean more than a thousand years ago.” The official website of the museum wrote about the exhibition.

“This exhibition features a staggering array of objects from these excavations, supplemented by treasures from museums across Egypt. The objects on view piece together the economic and cultural significance of these destroyed city centers and showcase the artistry, religious practices, and traditions of their people.” It added.

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities is organized by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

 

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