CineGouna Bridge

CineGouna Bridge is a meeting point and a forum for dialogue between different cinematic voices, where Arab filmmakers and their international counterparts engage in and share their perspectives on a wide range of subjects related to the social and business aspects of cinema.

In 2017, CineGouna Bridge introduced several master classes like; Creative Collaboration: Developing a Unique Vision & Language by Ossama Fawzi in conversation with Mahmoud Hemida; Acting: The Art of the Craft by Forest Whitaker; and a filmmaking master class by director Oliver Stone. Panels included Regional Conference for Arab Independent Cinema (RCAIC) supported by the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) and International Media Support (IMS). American Film Showcase (AFS) Screenwriting Workshop featuring discussions by experts and key players in the film industry who covered a wide range of subjects including conventional and innovative platforms for distribution, new co-production possibilities and international collaborations.

In 2018, CineGouna Bridge presented a number of activities like Refugees and Their Stories Through Film, moderated by Variety critic Jay Weissberg with the participation of Egyptian entrepreneur Omar Samra. Women’s Empowerment Through Film, moderated by Tunisian filmmaker Dora Bouchoucha with the participation of president of the National Council for Women, Dr Maya Morsy. A conversation with script writer and director Gianfranco Angelucci, giving some precious first-hand insight into the backstage stories of the great master Federico Fellini. And a master class by Academy Award winning director, writer and producer, Paul Haggis. 

In 2019, CineGouna Bridge activities included master classes by Sandra Schulberg, founder of the Independent Filmmaker Project, Academy Award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty, filmmaker Mai Masri and filmmaker Férid Boughedir. A presentation with  Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Scripted TV Development at MGM Studios, Lindsay Sloane on the production of the acclaimed series The Handmaid’s Tale. Workshops by the U.S Embassy, Film Independent and Film Education Forum.

In 2020, CineGouna Bridge continued to present many successful events like master classes with key industry professionals including Indian actor Ali Fazal, Netflix’s Director of Creative Talent Investment and Development Christopher Mack, director Peter Webber, Egyptian DOP Ahmed El Morsy, and international animation supervisor Mena Ibrahim; panels by UNHCR, The Sawiris Foundation and IEFTA,covering topics such as; Women Empowerment Through Film, and Digital Media in the Wake of a Global Pandemic; a screenwriting workshop offered by the U.S. Embassy and an acting workshop by Gerald James. In partnership with Gemini Africa, GFF also hosted the Uplift4GFF initiative, offering young entrepreneurs exposure, business leads, mentorships and partnership opportunities.

CineGouna Bridge Activities

Master Classes

Master classes are one of the highlights of the festival. The audience has the privilege of listening to intimate conversations with industry leaders on career paths, choices and challenges, the nature and philosophy of film art, etc.

Roundtable & Panel Discussions

Participants have the opportunity to listen to moderated groups of panelists sharing their perspectives on subjects such as financing and distribution. Each discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.


The festival will conduct a series of workshops developed with our partners. Participants will work on specific aspects of film production over the course of several days with the support of experienced industry professionals in the field.


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