CAIRO (Xinhua) -- The 40th
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) opened Tuesday in the
Egyptian capital amid high expectations of the oldest film
festival in the Middle East region.
The event, which is held at the Cairo Opera House, will
feature more than 160 films from 60 countries, including
16 world premieres.
The festival’s Main Competition jury committee will
be headed by prominent Danish film director Bille
August who is among the very few directors who have
received the Palme d’Or award twice at the Cannes
The committee will choose the film that will receive
the highest award in the festival, the Golden
Other competitions include Arab Horizons, Critics’
Week and Tomorrow’s Cinema, with the first focusing
on films from the Arab world and the other three
looking at international cinema.
This jubilee edition of the festival promises numerous
new features and developments, with president Mohamed
Hefzy putting a lot of hope on the festival’s
development, according to official Ahram Online news
CAIRO (Xinhua) --
Actress Nelly Karim and Actress Dorra Zarrouk attend the
opening ceremony of the 40th Cairo
International Film Festival (CIFF) in Cairo.
Numerous films will be screened, with a focus on Arab cinema
created through the competitive Arab Horizons section showcasing
a large assortment of films from Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon,
Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, giving the viewers an opportunity to see
the developments of the region’s cinematic practices, its
trends, interests and talents.
The section will include a total of eight new films, seven
feature films and a documentary.
In the second half of the festival, between Nov. 25 and 29, the
event will hold Cairo Industry Days. Organized for the first
time in the festival’s history, the “Industry Days” aims at
providing its participants with important opportunities for
discussions, meetings, training and workshops in various areas
of the industry.
The festival has also added the People’s Choice Award for the
first time in its history with the award amounting 20,000 U.S.
dollars for the film which gets a majority vote from the Cairo
A new award entitled “Best Arab Film” with a value of 15,000
dollars has also been added to this year’s festival.
Another new addition are midnight screenings organized in the
Zamalek cinema, showcasing thrillers, science fiction and horror
movies over the seven nights of the festival.
Among this year’s honorees are British actor Ralph Fiennes and
veteran Egyptian actor Hassan Hosny, whose long career of more
than 50 years has enriched the silver screen, television and
The composer Hassan Nazih will be awarded the Excellence Award,
which is given to mid-career artists who have made achievements
of creative excellence.
The CIFF was established in 1976. In 2011 and 2013, the
festivals were canceled for security reasons, as they coincided
with the ouster of two heads of state in the most populous Arab