El Gouna



Sep 22-29 2017

About El Gouna Film Festival

The inaugural edition of the El Gouna Film Festival will take place in September 2017 in the marvelous Egyptian Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, from Friday the 22nd to Friday the 29th.  From its very first edition, the festival will be an unmissable annual rendezvous for film professionals and film lovers from Egypt, the Arabic countries, and indeed from all over the world.

The Festival was established to underscore the role film plays in promoting cultural interaction, fostering an awareness of different cinematic voices through encouraging dialogue and by building bridges of creative intellect. The goal is to generate opportunities for development and support for all contemporary forms of creative expressions in the MENA region, especially between young generations from the Arab world and their international counterparts.

The festival will present a selection of the newest films from around the globe and host established and emerging filmmakers. The program will include three competitive sections (Feature Narrative Competition, Feature Documentary Competition, and Short Films Competition) an Official selection out of competition and a section devoted to special programs. The festival will give special attention to films with humanitarian content.

In parallel to the screenings, the festival will organize the “CineGouna platform”, which is a creative and business hub designed to support Egyptian and Arab talents where a wide range of meetings will be organized between Arab and international directors, producers, and distributors with the aim of enhancing business opportunities for the Arab cinema. In addition, the event will present round-tables, workshops, panels, and masterclasses.

About El Gouna

Conveniently located 25 kilometers north of Hurghada, with only a four-hour flight from Europe’s major capitals, El-Gouna is as much a town as a resort, with all the infrastructure of the former and amenities of the latter, including an array of hotels, restaurants, clubs and cafes. El Gouna is built on 10 km of beach with 17 spectacular hotels; the town of over 15,000 residents spreads across islands and lagoons. In addition to the influx of visitors from around the world, over 20,000 Egyptian and international residents call El-Gouna their home and provide the festival with a core audience. Known for the beauty of its natural setting, its architecture and landscaping, and its commitments to operational efficiency and environmental sensitivity, El-Gouna is practiced in the arts of hospitality and event management.


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