On Sunday, the organizing board of the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) announced the full details of the upcoming edition, the board announced in a press conference.
Mohamed Hefzy, the president of CIFF, said that the total number of participants is 98 films from 63 countries. The participants include 76 features and 22 short films.
He added that there are seven films that will be debuted as a first-international primer, 27 films as first-world primer, 44 as first MENA primer, and 15 features as first Arab world primer.
On the other hand, there are 13 films competing at the festival's official international competition. They are: "Mother 107," "Abusaddam," "Aloners," "Daughters," "Daughters of Abdul-Rahman," "The Hole in the Fence," "Small Body," "Softie," "Seven Dogs," "Prayers for the Stolen," "Tomorrow," "A Chiara," and "Miracle."
Regarding the Horizons of Arab Cinema, competition is 11, including one Egyptian feature which is "From Cairo."
In the same context, there are 22 films that will participate in the competition of Cinema of Tomorrow.
It is worthy to mention that CIFF announced it’s World premieres and International premieres for the 43rd edition.
The list includes nine World Premieres and two International Premieres for features, and 17 World Premieres and 5 International Premieres for short films which their names will be revealed in the press conference.
The listed features are: the Tunisian “Tomorrow” (Ghodwa) bu Dhafer Labidnie, the Jordanian “Daughters” by Zaid Abu Hamdan, the Argentine “Seven Dogs” by Rodrigo Guerrero, and the Saudi “Becoming” by Sara Mesfer, Fatima Al Banawi, Jawaher Alamri, Hind Al Fahhad, and Noor Alameer.
It also includes the Palestinian “Diary of Gabrielle Street” by Rashid Masharawi, the Tunisian “A Second Life” by Aniss Lassoued, the Egyptian “From Cairo” by Hala Gala, and the Morrocan “Collapsed Walls” by Rodrigo Guerrero.
The Egyptian “Nile Crocodile” by Nabil Shazli, the multinational “Daughters” by Nana Neul, and “Pack of Sheep” by Dimitris Kanellopoulos are also listed by the festival.
Kicking off on November 25, the festival will hold its 43rd edition, while ensuring that all the necessary safety precautions are taken and following guidelines from the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization to ensure safety for all, including the Festival’s team, participating filmmakers, and the audience.