El Gouna Film Festival Announces the Selected Projects for the 5th Edition of CineGouna Platform

Wed Sep 15, 2021


El Gouna, September 15, 2021: El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has always been committed to championing and providing rising filmmakers with opportunities to perfect their works-in-progress and scripts as well as giving them access to financial support through its industry arm, CineGouna Platform (CGP).

Many of CineGouna Platform’s selected films inspired conversations, garnered acclaim, and won prominence at film festivals around the globe. In its upcoming 5th edition, the platform continues its mission of aiding regional works through CineGouna SpringBoard, its co-production and project development lab.

From its 2021 submissions, CineGouna Platform has selected 20 projects—13 in development, 6 in post-production and 1 guest project in post-production. The selection criteria were the projects’ content, financial feasibility, and artistic concept.

A cash prize of $15,000 and a CineGouna Platform certificate will be awarded to the best film in post-production and the best project in development. The participating projects are also eligible to win grants funded by GFF’s sponsors and partners. 

El Gouna Film Festival is delighted to announce the final selection list representing the Arab world for the 5th edition of CineGouna Springboard.

Selected feature narrative projects in development are A Quarter to Thursday in Algiers by Sofia Djama (Algeria), Agora by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia), Aisha Can't Fly Away Anymore by Morad Mostafa (Egypt), Happy Lovers by Hicham Lasri (Morocco), My Father’s Scent by Mohamed Siam (Egypt), The Blind Ferryman – Al Baseer by Ali Al-Fatlawi (Iraq, Switzerland), The Sea Needs to Heave by Zain Duraie (Jordan), and Weedestine by Said Zagha (Palestine, Jordan).

The selected feature documentary projects in development are A Song for Summer and Winter by Talal Derki and Ali Wajeeh (Syria), Fifty Meters by Yomna Khattab (Egypt), My Fathers Killed Bourguiba by Fatma Riahi (Tunisia), Searching for Woody by Sara Shazli (Egypt), and Women of My Life by Zahraa Ghandour (Iraq).

The feature narrative films in post-production are Hanging Gardens by Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji (Iraq, Palestine), and Haysh Maysh: False Drama by Hicham Lasri (Morocco).

The feature documentary films in post-production are Abo Zabaal 1989 by Bassem Mortada (Egypt), Hyphen by Reine Razzouk (Lebanon), Nothing About My Mother by Latifa Doghri (Tunisia), and They Planted Strange Trees by Hind Shoufani (Jordan). 

And last but not least, the guest film in post-production is Under the Fig Trees by Erige Sehiri (Tunisia).

The 5th edition of El Gouna Film Festival will take place in El Gouna,  October 14 – 22, 2021. CineGouna Platform activities will run from October 16 to 21, 2021.

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