The 5th edition of the El Gouna film festival (GFF), one of the leading film festivals in the MENA region, is set to kick off from October 14 to 22 at El Gouna Resort-town in Red Sea governorate.
The opening ceremony will be hosted by Nardine Farag while the closing with be hosted by Jasmine Taha.
El Sakka is honored for his extraordinary cinematic journey and outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry over the past two decades.
The opening ceremony will witness an act by actor-singer Mohamed Ramadan, who traveled to El Gouna to rehearse his performance.
It will also feature rapper Wiggs’ new music video, which was filmed for one of the festival’s sponsors.
Moreover, Mazzika production company will showcase during the event a song by Dina Elsherbiny and Hassan Abou El Rous.
El Gouna Green Star
In this edition, the festival is also introducing a new award, El Gouna Green Star, which focuses on inspirational films across all sections that share knowledge and/or raise awareness on issues related to the environment, ecology, or wildlife, as well as their sustainability and importance.
Feature-length films across all competitions are eligible to win the award’s trophy, certificate, and a cash prize of US $10,000.
US producer and CEO of Margate House Films LLC Rob Allyn will be president of the Feature Narrative Competition jury, which will include Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby, Mexican festival organizer Sarah Hoch, Lebanese director-producer Georges Hachem, and Indian director Kabir Khan.
The Feature Documentary Competition jury will be headed by Mexican producer Martha Sosa and includes South Korean festival organizer and producer Jay Jeon, American filmmaker Kim A. Snyder, Jordanian-Dutch director Mahmoud Al Massad, and Palestinian director-producer May Odeh.
The Short Film Competition will consist of Egyptian director-producer Tamer Ashry, festival organizer Alice Kharoubi, Moroccan actress Nadia Kounda, and Italian journalist E. Nina Rothe.
The jury’s president will be Egyptian director Kamla Abou Zekry.
The jury members for El Gouna Green Star Award will include Egyptian actress Arwa Gouda, filmmaker Kayvan Mashayekh, and television correspondent for Asharq News Rana Najjar.
The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) jury will feature a founding member of NETPAC India Indu Shrikent, South Korean film director Chang-ho Bae, and Swedish-Palestinian film director-producer Mouhamad Keblawi.
As for the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) jury, it will include Australian freelance journalist Helen Barlow, Italian journalist Michela Manente, and Egyptian journalist Mohamed Nabil who has been writing about film since 2010 in publications such as Al Kawakeb.