Wednesday ,21 of August 2019

Participants of the 3 rd Edition of CineGouna Platform Have Been Selected


Since its inaugural edition, CineGouna Platform, El Gouna Film Festival’s business and industry-oriented event, has helped Arab filmmakers find artistic and financial support and we are happy to announce this year's winners:


Selected feature narrative projects in development for the 3rd edition of CineGouna SpringBoard are Plum Season by Rim Mejdi (Morocco), Severed Head by Lotfi Achour (Tunisia), Straight to the Goal by Tamer Ashry (Egypt), Tunis - Djerba by Amel Guellaty (Tunisia), Harvest by Ely Dagher (Lebanon), It's a Sad and Beautiful World by Cyril Aris (Lebanon), and Daughters of Abdul-Rahman by Zaid Abu Hamdan (Jordan).


Feature documentary projects in development are The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Mohamed Taher (Egypt), Those Who Remained by Lina Sinjab (Lebanon), Yalla, Baba! by Angie Obeid (Lebanon), Looking for Sa’adah by Areen Omari (Palestine), and Ethel by Mohamed Siam (Egypt).


The two feature narrative films in post-production are Another Day in Baghdad by Maysoon Pachachi (Iraq) and Mica by Ismaël Ferroukhi (Morocco).


The three selected documentary films in post-production are A Long Breath by Remi Itani (Lebanon), Captains of Za'atari by Ali El-Arabi (Egypt), Far From the Nile by Sherief Elkatsha (Egypt), and Our Dark 70s by Ali Essafi (Morocco).


GFF would also like to congratulate the five alumni of CineGouna Platform’s past editions, which went on to be screened at prestigious international film festivals. Khartoum Offside (2019) by Marwa Zein and Talking About Trees (2019) by Suhaib Gasmelbari were presented at the 69th Berlinale, while Certified Mail (2019) by Hisham Saqr and 1982 (2019) by Oualid Mouaness were selected for the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, in addition to Noura’s Dream (2019) by Hinde Boujemaa, which will also be presented in the Discovery section of the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the New Directors section of the 67th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

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