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“Verynile” is an organization that raises awareness through events, its goal is to clean the Nile water and it does so with the cooperation of other initiatives that have the same environmental goals, such as greenish.

Every month, dozens of volunteers spend the day on shore cleaning or on boats to remove the trash from the Nile. And yesterday was one of those days; they organized a cleaning expedition and many volunteers took part in. The event helped in collecting around 1.5 tons of garbage from both the shore and the Nile itself.

Those boat rides are done in cooperation with fishermen who help clean the water every day, “Verynile” provide them with extra revenue for each kilo of trash that they remove from the water. During the process, fishermen are asked to take pictures of the trash they remove.

They offer a really cool way for collecting donations on their website, they sell bracelets that are made of recycled plastic pearls, the thread is made of recycled nets and it’s Egyptian made. For every bracelet that they sell, they commit to cleaning 1 kilo of trash from the Nile which aligns with their motto “cleaning the Nile, 1 kilo at a time.”

Help them achieve their mission by simply buying a bracelet or joining in their next expedition!

 

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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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Gouna Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow and Here’s What You Need to Know

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The third edition of El Gouna Film Festival is kicking off tomorrow and until September 27 and it is one of the hottest events of the year that people look forward to especially after the success of the previous two editions. Here’s what you need to know, if you’re on your way to the Gouna!

The event will be packed with movie stars, well-known figures from the cinema industry and international celebs as well, all of whom will be attending the screenings of the finest independent and commercial films. Besides the screenings, there will also be quite the interesting programs for cinema enthusiasts and that includes, panels, workshops and classes.

Screenings will be held at the Marina Theater, Audiomax (TU Berlin), Sea Cinema, or Grand Cinema Hurghada for those interested in attending, don’t let the glam scare you away!

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In curating a stellar cinematic experience for #GFF19, we’re thrilled to announce that some of the exceptional films in this year’s lineup will be screened in the newly opened Grand Cinema theatre in Hurghada. Stay tuned for more on the films, stars and so much more, as we edge onto the third edition of #ElGounaFilmFestival. – في تجربة سينمائية رائعة لمهرجان الجونة السينمائي، يسعدنا أن نعلن عن عرض بعض الأفلام الاستثنائية الرائعة في مسرح Grand Cinema التي تم افتتاحها حديثًا في الغردقة. تابع المزيد من التفاصيل عن الأفلام والفنانيين وأكثر من ذلك بكثير في الدورة الثالثة من مهرجان الجونة السينمائي.

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You can visit the official website of the festival for the tickets or download the application for tickets in advance, festival Passes are to be redeemed only in person at any GFF box office.

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Download the #GFF app and don’t miss a single beat during nine days of outstanding film events and programs with world-class directors, producers, writers and industry professionals. This is all in addition to screenings of the year’s most critically-acclaimed films from across the world. Available on both iOS and Android. Three days to go – are you ready? حمل تطبيق مهرجان الجونة السينمائي ولا تفوت لحظة واحدة خلال تسع أيام من عروض الأفلام و مناقشات مع المخرجين والمنتجين والكتاب وكبار صناع السينما من كل أنحاء العالم. باق من الزمن ٣ أيام فقط، هل أنت مستعد؟

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Tickets are for EGP50 and the red carpet screening ticket is for EGP100, you can get the tickets at half price if you have a valid student ID.

The festival will screen Egypt’s first animated feature film “The Knight and the Princess” and “Noura’s Dream” starring the iconic Hend Sabri, and “Lama Benetweled” the movie starring Amir Eid for the first time.

 

 

 

 

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Amir Eid to Star in the Movie ‘When We’re Born’

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Cairokee’s lead singer Amir Eid announced on his Instagram account that he will be participating for the first time as an actor in the film ‘When We’re Born‘ which is set to premiere at El Gouna Film Festival 2019. 

The film will revolve around three individuals, each of them is struggling with a dilemma in their life or trying to achieve a certain goal. The first is working on kicking off his singing career, the second is a Christian woman who start acquiring feelings towards a Muslim man, the third and last is an aspiring athlete.

 

The film also features a story of a young man who wants to leave the country and is trying hard to convince his father, who is standing against him, of his decision.

The movie is also starring the young faces Amr Abed, Salma Hassan, Mohamed Hatem, and Dana Hamdan.

 

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