The El Gouna Film Festival launches a call for applications for its 4th edition



File – El Gouna Film Festival.

CAIRO – March 3, 2020: El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is calling for applications for its 4th edition, which will take place from September 24 to October 2, 2020.

Submissions for narrative feature films, documentaries and short films are open from
From March 1, 2020 to July 15, 2020. Registration form and complete information about
Eligibility for submission can be found on the Festival website.

GFF accepts applications from filmmakers from all over the world, where selected films will be eligible
for a screening as part of the Festival’s official narrative feature film competition,
Documentary Competition, Short Film Competition and Official Selection

Juries of eminent film personalities and film professionals will select the winners of each of the three main competitions; where El Gouna’s gold, silver and bronze stars will be awarded to the three best films, in addition to a special prize for the best Arab film in each of the three categories. Other awards are reserved for the best actor and actress from the films competing in the Narrative Feature Films Competition. In addition, the exclusive GFF Cinema for Humanity Audience Award is given for a film that illustrates a humanitarian theme.

The 3rd edition of the GFF brought together 740 international filmmakers, buyers,
distributors, sales agents and 750 accredited local, regional and international media
representatives. The screenings and events registered 33,000 passes. 83 films
representing 44 countries were selected; and prizes of over US $ 220,000 have been
awarded to winning films in the competitive sections. This selection of films was
also the highlight of the awards season, which resulted in a total of 11 nominations to
the 92nd Oscars for five of GFF’s feature films in 2019, rated Parasite
four out of a total of six nominations.

GFF has honored luminaries such as superstar Mohamed Henedy and internationally
Acclaimed director and producer Mai Masri with the Career Achievement Awards. The
The festival management also awarded the Variety Arab Filmmaker of the Year award.
to Sudanese director Suhaib Gasmelbari. Celebration of 100 years of the birth of
legendary Egyptian writer Ihsan Abdel Quddous, GFF presented a
exhibition honoring his memory. Additionally, restored films by Ferid Boughedir, Walter
Salles, François Truffaut and Federico Fellini were screened as part of the Special

“Over the past three years, the GFF has managed to stand on solid ground as a festival
which offers its participants excellent opportunities to present their works and
connect with peers, experts, media and audiences from all parts of the world. We
remain firmly committed to providing a festival experience that enriches local, regional and
international industry professionals.

The submissions we will be reviewing for our 4th edition will allow us to build on the rich portfolio that the Festival has created over the past few years, ”said GFF Director Mr. Intishal Al Timimi.

“Following the positive comments that our program has received from the public, critics and
filmmakers in the last three editions; we start our fourth year with the ultimate
question: what’s the next step? Can we follow the success of previous editions? The
there is no doubt that we are filled with enthusiasm and ambition, as we anticipate some
important productions and new artistic discoveries in 2020, and, as usual, we aspire
be the first to present these masterpieces in the region, ”said GFF Artistic Director
Amir Ramses.

El Gouna Film Festival is one of the main festivals in the MENA region, GFF aims to present a wide variety of films for a passionate and informed audience, while promoting better communication between cultures through the art of cinema. Its objective is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in a spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange.

The Festival engages in the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of cinema in the Arab world.


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