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By Shaibu Husseini
16 April 2023   |   1:11 am
.Cairo International Film Festival has announced opening submission in all categories for creators, who are wishing to participate in activities of its 45th edition, which will be held from November 15 to 24, 2023 at the Egyptian Opera House.


Entry For 2023 Cairo Film Festival Opens
Cairo International Film Festival has announced opening submission in all categories for creators, who are wishing to participate in activities of its 45th edition, which will be held from November 15 to 24, 2023 at the Egyptian Opera House. The submission process shall officially be open to requests from all over the world starting from April 15, 2023, until August 1, 2023 via the official website of festival. President of the Festival, Husseini Fahmy, stated at the ceremony to announce call for submission that the festival was happy with the feedback it has received about the last edition.

“We are happy with all the great feedbacks we have received about the last edition from both the press and festival’s audience, and we are proud of all achievements of forty-fourth edition at the level of programming and inviting important industry guests. We also consider receiving great industry stars such as Bella Tarr, Naomi Kawase, and Matthew Kassowitz, and the special program for the late French director Jean-Luc Godard, as an indication of the global position of CIFF worldwide, and the place it occupies with its ancient history in Cinema industry,” Fahmy said, adding that the festival audience will experience an edition no less than the previous one in terms of the quality and level of films and the rather important participating guests. For Director of CIFF, Amir Ramses, choosing the programme for the 44th edition was a great adventure. “We were so pleased sharing this diverse group of distinguished films with festival’s audience, and this year we promise several similar surprises at the level of various film competitions and special festival programmes. We also added this year a competition for documentary films as part of festival’s development plan and its absorption of various currents and cinematic styles, not to mention celebrating rather valuable genre in the industry,” Ramses said. The last edition witnessed screening of 108 films from 53 countries, including, 30 films in their global and international premieres, and 57 films in their premieres in the Middle East and North Africa. Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most regular festivals in the Arab world and Africa. It acquires its unique status by being the only festival in the Arab and African region registered under Category ‘A’ in the International Federation of Producers in Paris (FIAPF).

Cannes Unveils Festival’s Selection
ORGANISERS of the Cannes International Film Festival have unveiled the official selection for the 76th Festival de Cannes. The unveiling ceremony held during the week in the presence of Iris Knobloch, President of the Festival de Cannes and Thiery Fremaux, the General Delegate. The films announced were selected In Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnights Screenings, Cannes Premiere and Special Screenings. Also announced was the festival opening film, Jean Du Barry, by Maiwenn. The films in competition are Club Zero by Jessica Hausner, The Zone of Interest by Jonathan Glazer, Fallen Leaves by Aki Kaurismaki, Les Filles D’olfa by Kaouther Ben Hania, Asteroid City by Wes Anderson, Anatomie D’Une Chute by Justine Triet, Monster by Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Il Sol Dell’Avvenire by Nanni Moretti, Lete Dernier by Catherine Breillat, Kuru Otlar Ustune by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, La Chimera by Alice Rohrwacher, La Passion de Dodin Bouffant by Tran Anh Hun, Rapito by Marco Bellochio, May December by Todd Haynes, Jeunnesse by Wang Bing, The Old Oak by Ken Loach, Perfect Days by Wim Wenders and Banel E Adama by Ramata-Toulaye Sy. Banel E Adama is Ramata’s first feature film.

AMAA Call For Entries Still On Till May 31
MAY 31 is the last day of submission of entries for the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). However, late entry deadline is said to be June 30, 2023. The organisers also stated that the nominations for this year’s AMAA would be announced in August 2023, while only films produced and released between January 2022 and March 30, 2023 should be submitted. According to the organisers “each completed entry for 2023 entries must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including a synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, emails of cast and crew submissions can be made on filmfreeway. The organisers also said “all films must indicate the year of copyright. The Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120-minute run as a feature film or a short film that is longer than 40 minutes. AMAA awards two major categories of short films and animation. The Academy also awards the category for Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and Best Diaspora Short Film Awards, inclusive of Caribbean Shorts and Caribbean features. The 19th edition of the AMAAs will be held on October 29, 2023 in Lagos in partnership with the Lagos State government and will be televised globally. Information on AMAA can be soured at