Guide to a Perfect trip in Egypt!
Movies are among the most well-loved form of entertainment in the world and they know no national boundaries. In Egypt Western and local films are widely enjoyed and Egyptian cinema is said to be the most popular in the Middle East.
The Cairo International Film Festival is held every year in Cairo at the Cairo Opera House and celebrates filmmakers from across Egypt and abroad. This festival acts as a podium bringing together filmmakers, artists, producers, actors, directors, writers, critics, cinema and film lovers on a global platform to share their work and take part in the new light of the growing Egyptian industry.
The film festival featured around 100 films from 33 different countries during its debut in 1976 and has only grown since that time. It takes place over ten days and includes a number of international films shown at different venues. The event is divided into many sections like International Competition for Feature Films, International Competition for Digital Feature Films, Competition for Arab Films, New Arab Cinema, and Tributes.
CIFF's first debut in 1976 was in memory of the late Egyptian screenwriter and critic Kamal El Mallakh, who had visited the Berlin Film Festival the year before and wished to have a similar festival in Egypt as well. CIFF is said to have been the first of its kind in the whole of Middle East and is ranked among the top 11 film festivals across the globe. Others on the list include Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival, and Tokyo Film Festival.
CIFF gives away fifteen different awards which include Golden Pyramid, Silver Pyramid, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Contribution, Special Mention, Naguib Mahfouz Award for the Best First or Second Work, Golden Award - Digital Films, Silver Award - Digital Films, Best Arabic Film, Best Arabic Screenplay, Special Award, and the FIPRESCI (Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinmatographique) Prize. Three juries that are responsible for deciding the whole award scene include The International Jury for Feature Films, The Arab Jury for Arabic Films and The International Jury for Digital Feature Films.
Every year the CIFF has a different theme and it’s an event which is eyed by movie lovers from across the globe. The 34th edition of the awards was organized in 2010 and revolved around bringing together the different movies that portray or were developed in Egypt. There were 19 feature films screened at the festival at different venues. Event details and other information can be easily obtained from the official website of the CIFF, www.ciff.org.eg.
CIFF is the ultimate venue to enjoy a night of international cultural exchange and great filmmaking and is highly recommended.