Cairo International Film Festival


Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) red carpet

Cairo film festival cancels 2023 edition due to Israel-Hamas war

It follows the recent rescheduling of Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival.

Success - Danis Tanovic

‘No Man’s Land’ director Danis Tanović to preside over Cairo jury

The director won the Oscar for best international feature in 2001 with ‘No Man’s Land’

Yousry Nasrallah

Yousry Nasrallah to receive Cairo Film Festival honorary award

Egyptian director has made films including Cannes 2012 Competition title ‘After the Battle’.


‘Riverbed’: Cairo Review

A mother and daughter struggle to reconnect in Bassem Breche’s imagery-led feature debut

The Astronaut

‘The Astronaut’: Cairo Review

Nicolas Giraud’s portrait of a French loner sending himself to space fails to get off the ground


‘19B’: Cairo Review

An elderly caretaker tends to a crumbling Cairo villa in Ahmad Abdalla’s engaging third feature


‘Alam’: Cairo Review

A Palestinian-Israeli teenager struggles to shake off the weight of history in Firas Khoury’s feature debut

Bread And Salt

‘Bread And Salt’: Cairo Review

Damian Kocur’s mature and thought-provoking debut sees a talented pianist return to the pressure cooker of his small home town

I Don't Want To Be Dust

‘I Don’t Want To Be Dust’: Cairo Review

An older woman confronts the end of the world in Ivan Lowenberg’s second feature

Far From The Nile

‘Far From The Nile’: Cairo Review

Sherief Elkatsha captures the harmonious sound of The Nile Project, a musical collaborative of 11 African countries


‘Tinnitus’: Cairo Review

An professional diver does battle with her body in Gregorio Graziosi’s stylish thriller

naomi kawase

Naomi Kawase to lead Cairo jury

The festival runs November 13-22.

Bela Tarr

Bela Tarr to receive Cairo film festival lifetime honour

Hungarian auteur will also mentor young Egyptian filmmakers at the festival.

Lynda Belkhiria

Lynda Belkhiria to head Cairo Film Connection

Project incubator is part of the Cairo International Film Festival.

Daughters of Abu

‘Daughters of Abdul-Rahman’: Cairo/Red Sea Review

Squabbling sisters try to find their way in Jordan’s all-powerful patriarchy

Abu Saddam

‘Abu Saddam’: Cairo Review

A veteran trucker and his assistant deliver a powerful portrayal of toxic masculinity for Egyptian director and co-writer Nadine Khan

'Becoming' 2021 film

‘Becoming’: Cairo/Red Sea Review

All-female anthology takes a sparky driver’s seat approach to life in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia