The fourth day of the 5th edition of El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) witnessed a quality selection of events and screenings, with the most prominent of them being the screening of Sundown by Mexican director Michel Franco, which competed at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Lion. The film is a part of GFF’s Feature Narrative Competition.
Additionally, the Egyptian film Full Moon by Hadi El Bagoury and starring Khaled El Nabawy, Ahmed Al Fishawy, Shereen Reda, and Ghada Adel was screened as part of GFF’s Official Selection out of Competition.
El Gouna Conference and Culture Center (GCCC) hosted GFF’s Cinema in Concert, which highlights the role of iconic musical scores in cinema. This concert played classical scores from famed cinematic works, including the scores of The Phantom of the Opera and The Night of Fatima’s Arrest by renowned Egyptian composer Omar Khairat, with established music director Ahmed El-Saeedi leading.
One of CineGouna Platform’s (CGP) most prominent events was a virtual masterclass titled A Netflix Guide to Post Production: A Masterclass Presented by Karim Boutros Ghali and Frank Piazza. It’s important to note that Karim Boutros Ghali and Frank Piazza are leading experts in post production at Netflix. In their masterclass, the two experts discussed topics such as setting a budget and building a post production crew as well as the common pitfalls of post production and how to avoid them.
Additionally, CineGouna Platform held a panel discussion titled Ready to go OTT? – Taking Your Content On-Line, in which video streaming platforms’ experts discussed how to breakthrough, and what they mean for the future of content.
The activities of the fifth day of El Gouna Film Festival, held on October 19, 2021.
Tomorrow, GFF’s 5th edition’s events continue with a unique variety of activities and screenings, including the screening of the Egyptian film Amira by Mohamed Diab, which competed at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival’s Orizzonti competition. The film stars Saba Mubarak, Ali Suliman, and Tara Abboud and will compete as part of GFF’s Feature Narrative Competition. El Gouna Conference and Culture Center will host the film’s screening, which will start at 6:30 p.m., with the film’s red carpet starting at 5:30 p.m.
Regarding the Feature Documentary Competition, the Egyptian film Back Home by Sara Shazli will have its International Premiere at El Gouna Conference and Culture Center at 9:15 p.m. with its red carpet taking place at 8:30 p.m.
In terms of events, tomorrow will be the first day of the 2nd edition of Sunbird Stories, which represents the beginning of GFF’s partnership with Filmlab Palestine. For its 2nd edition, Sunbird Stories will work on the development of five narrative short films, shortlisted from a number of submitted projects, by emerging Arab filmmakers in the genre of children, teens, family, and coming of age stories. The Filmlab Palestine: Pitching Session and Awards will take place at TU Berlin and will start from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Moreover, the activities of CineGouna Platform will include a panel discussion, in collaboration with Medfest Egypt, titled Breathe, Talk, Perform: A Take on Psychological Well-being of Actors, which discussed the mental health of actors. Panelists include Egyptian screenwriter Mariam Naoum, actors Mohamed Farrag, Ahmed Malek, and May Elghety, as well as consultant psychiatrist Dr. Nabil Elkot. The panel is set to be moderated by Anas Bukhash.
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One of the leading festivals in the MENA region, GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience, while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking. Its goal is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange. The festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of cinema in the Arab world, especially through its industry hub CineGouna Platform.
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