Over the last few years, the good folk at Zawya have been doing a mighty fine job of bringing alternative film cultures to Cairo – the kind of movies that would otherwise not see the light of day in Egyptian mainstream cinemas. We all love a big blockbuster or brainless comedy every know and again, but Zawya stands as one of the most important institutions for what some might call real film lovers, for lack of a better, less pretentious-sounding term.
Zawya’s commitment to doing this and showcasing the invisible/disenfranchised/ignored side of film, has lead to the launch of a brand new short film festival, the inaugural edition of which is set to kick-off on Thursday 4th of February at Downtown’s Cinema Karim. The four-day festival is set to feature 24 films, which will be competing three awards – Best Film (5000LE prize), Jury Prize (3000LE) and Best Director (2000LE).
With screenings taking place over the first three days, with the fourth and last day reserved for screenings of the works of panel members and established filmmakers, Hala Khalil, Wael Mandour and Nadine Khan, as well as the closing ceremony, at which the winners will be announced. With CIB and Misr International Films in cahoots with Zawya for the festival, this could be the start of an important element of homegrown film culture in Egypt.
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