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Cairo Film Connection reveals its jury and sponsoring awards for its 8th edition (December 1st to 5th, 2021)


CFC  reveals its jury and sponsoring awards for its 8th edition (December 1st to 5th, 2021) during the 43rd Cairo Film Festival (November 26 - December 5 2021)


The jury members  include Hania Mroueh, Metropolis Cinema Director in Lebanon,  Alice Kharoubi, Programming Director of the Cannes Film Festival Market in France, and Egyptian director Sherif El-Bandary.


“We are thrilled that Hania Mroueh, Alice Kharoubi, and Sherif El-Bandary have accepted to join the jury of CFC for this upcoming edition.  Not only they are established industry professionals but they have been great and constant supporters of talent from the region” said Chadi Zeneddine, Head of the Cairo Film Connection.


The Cairo Film Connection also reveals a list of new and returning partners, sponsors, and awards worth of 300,000 USD, a record number since CFC's inception. 15 features (fiction and nonfiction) in development and post-production phases will pitch their projects during its 8th edition (December 1st to 5th, 2021)


It is worth mentioning that the CFC takes part within the framework of Cairo Industry Days (CID), in partnership with the Arab Cinema Center


List of Partners, Sponsors and Awards : 

Arab Cinema Center - In-kind award
The award is an invitation given to the winning project's producer to attend the Rotterdam Lab, held on the sidelines of the 2021 International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR in the Netherlands
MAD Solutions & Ergo - MAD - Ergo, Award: Distribution in the Arab World with a Minimum Guarantee of $50,000
Badya - $10,000 Cash
ART - $10,000 Cash
Arabia Pictures - $10,000 Cash
Rotana - $10,000 Cash
OSN - $50,000 Licensing Agreement
The Cell - In-kind Award
1- DCP package for a project in the post production
2- Color grading for a project in the post production
3- promotional package to a project in post production ( teaser and trailer )
IEFTA - In-kind Award - IEFTA MENTORSHIP AWARD: The IEFTA mentorship program is a focused and intensive initiative that works with the filmmaker and their team from development to distribution.
Sard writing room -$5,000 USD Cash Award and Script Doctoring for a feature fiction project in development
Film Independent -
• Virtual Consulting for a fiction feature film project in development
• Virtual Documentary Consulting (project in post-production).
New Black - $5,000 Cash Award and Color Grading and Offline Editing Facilities
Lagoonie Film Production - $5,000 Cash Award
AH Media Production - $10,000 Cash Award
Shahid - $15,000 Cash Award
Red Sea Film Festival - $10,000 Cash Award
Nation Production - $10,000 Cash Award
Arab Cinema in Sweden - $5,000 Cash Award & Marketing Campaign
Clakett -
$5,000 Cash & In-kind award A subscription-based service offered by Clakett in support for enterprise to manage recruiting talents, assist with allocating production resources, shooting locations, offering a new and unique marketing channel, guaranteeing a new revenue stream and broader reach to your target audience.
Cornerstone - $10,000 Cash Award

"I am proud to see CFC grow year after year, not only in terms of prize money, but also in terms of quality of Projects. We are seeing the fruit of the previous editions in the great Arab films hitting the festival circuit and I am sure that this year’s selections will also help many unforgettable films come to life" said Mohamed Hefzy, President of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF).


Members from major film institutions, festivals and production companies from across the world, including Thierry Frémaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, are scheduled to join the Cairo Industry Days events.


Moreover, delegates from Berlinale, La biennale de Venezia , Visions Sud Est, Sarajevo, as well as Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Anonymous Content, AFAC, Netflix, Shahid, Arte, Pyramide, Sony and some established and upcoming producers will attend.


“Cairo Industry Days has succeeded in becoming an essential meeting place for the industry,  bringing together filmmakers and cinema professionals.” “We are very proud to be able to offer an unprecendented amount of awards to some of the best projects in the region and welcome international guests to advise and develop key projects. "
 stated Meriame El Degehdi, Head of Cairo Industry Days.


The 43rd Cairo International Film Festival will take place, with all preventive steps made in compliance with Egyptian government and World Health Organization rules to ensure the safety of participating filmmakers, the general audience, and festival personnel.


Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most attended festivals in the Arab world and Africa. Furthermore, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in Paris has accredited it as a category "A" festival, making it the only one in the Arab and African region (FIAPF).


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