Cairo International Film Festival


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

The Stranger

‘The Stranger’: Cairo Review

Palestine’s submission to the international Oscar category is set in the disputed Golan Heights

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Peter Kerekes’ ‘107 Mothers’ wins Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films

Previous winners have included God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya and Undine.

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‘107 Mothers’: Cairo Review

Inside a women’s prison in Ukraine, incarcerated mothers are forced to hand their children over for adoption

A Summer in Boujad by Omar Mouldouira 2 (1)

Cairo Film Connection unveils 2021 project selection

Project incubator will take place during Cairo International Film Festival.

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) red carpet

Cairo 2021 moves forward to avoid Red Sea overlap

It will now not overlap with the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia.

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Chadi Zeneddine joins Cairo International Film Festival’s industry team

Zeneddine will head up the festival’s Cairo Film Connection project market.

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) red carpet

Cairo sets 2021 dates as Middle East’s autumn festival scene heats up

The oldest film festival in the Middle East sets a December slot for second-year running.


‘Limbo’ wins Golden Pyramid at Cairo film festival

Other winners included Russian drama ‘Conference’ and Egyptian documentary ‘Lift Like A Girl’.

Mohamed Hefzy

Masks and mummies: How the Cairo film festival navigated the pandemic

The festival is one of the last physical film events to take place in 2020.

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​Cairo kicks off with support of Berlinale, Cannes and Venice directors

Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton feted with CIFF’s Golden Pyramid Lifetime Achievement prize.

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Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) sets new December dates

Festival pushes back dates by two weeks to ensure proper hygiene measures are in place.

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Yousry Nasrallah, Kaouther Ben Hania head to Cairo Film Connection

Parent event Cairo International Film Festival pushing on with 42nd edition.

Ahmed Shawky c Cairo Film Festival

Cairo’s new artistic director Ahmed Shawky resigns, publishes open letter

His resignation has come after reportedly controversial social media posts in Arabic came to light.