El Gouna Film Festival Calls for Film Submissions for the 6th Edition of CineGouna Platform

Thu Mar 31, 2022

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El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for the 6th edition of CineGouna Platform, which is scheduled to take place October 15-21, 2022 in the resort town of El Gouna. The deadline for receipt of submissions is July 15, 2022 for projects in development and August 1, 2022 for films in post-production. Entry form and complete information regarding eligibility for submission can be found on the festival’s website: www.elgounafilmfestival.com

During its 5th edition, CineGouna Platform selected 12 projects in development and 6 films in post-production on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility. These projects presented by GFF along with  its partners and sponsors, were eligible for various awards totaling US $300,000. 

The CineGouna SpringBoard jury included Lebanese producer and film critic Mohamed Soueid, former CEO of the NFDC Nina Lath Gupta, and Moroccan director and screenwriter Ismaël Ferroukhi.

A Quarter to Thursday in Algiers (France) by Sofia Djama won the Best Project in Development award, while They Planted Strange Trees (Palestine) by Hind Shoufani won the Best Film in Post-Production award. Others winners include; Fifty Meters (Egypt) by Yomna Khattab, Haysh Maysh: False Drama (Morocco) by Hicham Lasri, Aisha Can’t Fly Away Anymore (Egypt) by Morad Mostafa, Women of My Life (Iraq, Switzerland) by Zahraa Ghandour, Searching for Woody (Egypt) by Sara Shazli, A Song for Summer and Winter (Syria, Denmark, Germany, United States) by Talal Derki, Hanging Gardens (Iraq, United Kingdom, Palestine) by Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji, Hyphen (Lebanon) by Reine Razzouk, Happy Lovers (France, Morocco) by Hicham Lasri, and SINK (Jordan, Sweden, Canada, France) by Zain Duraie. 

Since its inception, several CineGouna Platform alumni have made their mark regionally and internationally by winning acclaim and awards at prestigious international film festivals. Abu Bakr Shawky’s Yomeddine was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and won the François Chalais Prize. Ayten Amin's Souad was selected at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, The Day I Lost My Shadow by Soudade Kaadan won the Lion of the Future of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Ali El Arabi’s Captains of Zaatari had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

This year, director Ahmed Fawzi-Saleh’s Hamlet from the Slums and Ali Al-Fatlawi’s The Blind Ferryman - Al Baseer were selected among 16 projects for the 2022 L’Atelier Co-production Forum during the 75th Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Morad Mostafa’s Aisha Can’t Fly Away Anymore was selected among seven feature fiction film projects to participate in the pitching sessions of the co-production forum, Dot.on.the.Map Meeting Point during the 20th Cyprus Film Days International Festival. The film was also selected for the Red Sea Lodge mentoring program in collaboration with the Torino Film Lab. 

The 6th edition of GFF is scheduled to take place from October 13 to 22, 2022 in the resort town of El Gouna.

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