El Gouna Film Festival Calls for Submissions for the Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers

Tue Aug 24, 2021

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The award aims to commemorate the late Khaled Bichara’s legacy to support and empower innovative thinkers


El Gouna, August 24, 2021:  El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is now accepting submissions of short narrative and documentary projects in development, as well as shorts in post-production for the Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers. The award is open exclusively to Egyptian filmmakers, with preference for those based in Egypt. Films must be at most 30 minutes long, and must be the director’s first or second film. Submission form as well as the Rules and Regulations can be found on the festival’s official website. The application must be submitted by September 12, 2021.

A tribute to the free thinkers who never shied away from challenges in pursuit of their dreams against all odds; the Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers aims to commemorate the legacy of the late Khaled Bichara, former CEO of Orascom Development Holding and its subsidiary Orascom Development Egypt, to encourage and recognize unheralded talent. The award offers emerging Egyptian filmmakers a platform and an opportunity to demonstrate their film making abilities and craft and a cash grant of US $10,000.

The 5th edition of GFF is set to take place October 14 - 22, 2021 while the activities of CineGouna Platform will take place October 16 - 21, 2021 in the resort town of El Gouna.

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