CineGouna Bridge 2017 Highlights
In the first round of El Gouna Film Festival, CineGouna Bridge successfully presented round-tables, workshops, masterclasses, and special panel discussions with the experts and key players in the film industry, covering a wide range of subjects such as conventional and innovative platforms for distribution, possibilities and international collaborations.
Renowned masters of their crafts have been invited to deliver some important masterclasses including: “Creative Collaboration: Developing a Unique Vision and Language” by Oussama Fawzi and Mahmoud Hemida, “Film Production: Survival to Success” by Andrea Iervolino, “Acting: The Art of The Craft” by Forest Whitaker and a special filmmaking masterclass by the iconic Oliver Stone.
CineGouna Bridge also organized a number of panels including: “Financing Your Film: Film Funders in Conversation” about the economy of filmmaking and the most effective strategies for financing films. “Evolving Screens: The State of Film Distribution and Exhibition” discussing the comprehensive view of the market for Arab films today. “State of the Environment: Social Impact through Films” addressing the climate change and how storytelling has become the most powerful tool for conservation and understanding global environments.
In collaboration with UNHR, CineGouna Bridge gathered a group of filmmakers along with experts to talk about the urgent issue and crisis of refugees in a panel titled “Refugee Crisis: Social Impact through Films”. Another important panel was “Arab Cinema in the World: Tracing the Festival Circuit” that discussed the place of Arab Cinema in festivals, and gave a deeper glimpse on the exciting yet highly competitive world of international festival circuit and the numerous opportunities it opens up.
In the 2nd round of El Gouna Film Festival, CineGouna Bridge successfully presented roundtables, workshops, master classes, and special panel discussions with the experts and key players in the film industry, covering a wide range of subjects related to the social and business aspects of cinema. Renowned masters of their crafts have been invited to deliver some important master classes including: The Adventure of Filmmaking by Jean-Jacques Annaud, From Script to Screen by Paul Haggis, A Journey Through My Career: Past, Present and Future by Daoud Abdel Sayed, and a special conversation with the acclaimed Hollywood star Owen Wilson. CineGouna Bridge also organized a number of panel discussions including: Women’s Empowerment Through Film and Refugees and Their Stories Through Film. Digital Content: From Creation to Monetization addressed the MENA region’s readiness to embrace digital entertainment. The Role of Film Festivals Today shed the light on the present and future identity of film festivals, while Getting Creative About Getting Money discussed film financing, one of the most challenging aspects of the filmmaking process. In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and the American Film Showcase, CineGouna Bridge gathered a group of celebrated filmmakers for a special three-day workshop that focuses on story development and characterization. The Regional Conference for Arab Independent Cinema brought together film industry professionals from the Arab world to tackle topics related to the independent Arab cinema.