Egypt’s Ismailia International Film Festival has announced plans for the second edition of projects market, Ismailia Co-production Platform, to take place from June 3-8.

The festival, which focuses on documentaries and short films, launched the first edition of the projects market last year. Filmmakers from all over the world with feature-length documentary projects with an Arab connection (director, producer, co-producer, main talent, location or subject matter) are encouraged to apply.

Headed by festival director Mohamed Hefzy, with the director of Egypt’s National Cinema Centre (NCC) Kamal Abdel Aziz as president, the Ismailia fest is being repositioned as a key incubator for new Arab filmmaking talent.

Hefzy is a producer and scriptwriter whose Cairo-based production company Film Clinic has credits including Ayten Amin’s Villa 69 and Ahmed Abdallah’s Rags And Tatters.

The Ismailia fest was launched by the NCC in 1988 and is currently one of three film festivals coordinated by Egypt’s Ministry of Culture. The festival has competition sections for long and short docs, short films and animation.