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Cairo becomes first Arab film festival to sign gender equality charter

The 5050×2020 gender equality charter was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.


Yalla Yalla plots Arabic-language ‘Intouchables’ remake

The original film is still France’s third-biggest box office hit.

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Saudi's Red Sea International Film Festival unveils debut lab selection

New initiative is organised in collaboration with the TorinoFilmLab.

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UK deal for hot Sudanese festival title ‘You Will Die At 20’ (exclusive)

Amjad Abu Alala’s debut launched at Venice and screened in Toronto, El Gouna.

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Sudanese drama ‘You Will Die At Twenty’ wins top award at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival

Festival chief Intishal Al Tamimi says El Gouna Film Festival has built solid foundations.

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Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival hands out $15,000 industry prizes to two Lebanese projects

El Gouna Film Festival’s co-financing platform meted out $250,000 in prizes.


‘Incitement’ wins top prize at Ophir awards, becomes Israel’s Oscar submission

Six years in the making, the title had been rejected by all Israeli film funds because of its subject matter.


Alix Benezech, Adam Budron join indie US drama ‘Juliet’ (exclusive)

The film will shoot for four weeks in New York and Paris from October.

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Misr International Films, MAD Solutions to co-distribute pan-Arab hit ‘The Blue Elephant 2’

The deal is part of a new collaboration aimed at bolstering the international release of Egyptian features.

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Jury for Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films revealed

The award will be announced at the Cairo International Film Festival I Egypt (November 20-29)


‘Arab Blues’ starring Golshifteh Farahani scores Canada deal (exclusive)

Farahani as a French-trained psychoanalyst attempting to build a practice in post-revolutionary Tunisia.

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Terry Gilliam to receive Cairo Film Festival lifetime achievement award

The director will do an in-conversation event at the Cairo Opera House.

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IDFA artistic director Orwa Nyrabia ignites Saudi film festival debate

Festival chief posts incendiary critique of Saudi Arabia’s plans to launch its first major film festival.

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Carine Chaiban joins Dubai-based distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment

Chaiban takes up the role of senior director of non-theatrical.

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‘The Perfect Candidate’ producers see bright future for Saudi film industry

Razor Film Produktion shot both Haifaa Al-Mansour’s ’Wadjda’ and her new Venice title.

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Red Sea International Film Festival announces $3m worth of prizes

New ‘Yusr’ awards are named after a type of black coral found in the Red Sea.


Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival unveils 2019 line-up

‘Aladdin’ star Mena Massoud confirmed to attend.

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Wild Bunch boards Tunisian TIFF divorce drama ‘Noura’s Dream’ (exclusive)

The film explores themes of female independence in contemporary Tunisia.