Cairo Film Festival’s short films now eligible for Oscars

The Cairo International Film Festival has been awarded Oscar-qualifying status. AFP
Updated 26 November 2019

Cairo Film Festival’s short films now eligible for Oscars

  • The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has made the CIFF an Oscar-qualifying film festival
  • The film festival’s shorts will be eligible to compete at the 2021 Oscars alongside films from other international festivals

DUBAI: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the governing body that organizes the Oscars, has awarded the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) Oscar-qualifying film festival status in the Short Film category.

 CIFF took to Instagram to announce the news on Sunday, writing: “It’s a Golden Edition! The Cairo International Film Festival becomes an Oscar-qualifying festival. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded CIFF OSCAR qualifying film festival in the Short Film Category status.”

This means that the nine-day-long film festival’s short films will be eligible to compete at the 2021 Oscars alongside films from other international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes and Venice.

Indeed, it’s time for films from the Middle East and North Africa to get recognition.

The 41st edition of the festival, which kicked off on Nov. 20 and is running until Nov. 29, is showcasing a number of thought-provoking short films, including Saudi Arabian comedic short “Dunya’s Day,” which was directed by Raed Alsemari and follows a young woman named Dunya from Riyadh whose perfect graduation party is set back when her domestic help, fed up with her antics, takes off just hours before her guests are anticipated to arrive.

Also showing is a 21-minute Lebanese short directed by Samir Syriani entitled “Contact” that explores the horrors of war and the refugee crisis, in addition to Wisam Al-Jafari’s “Ambience,” a Palestinian film that tells the story of two friends who are trying to record a music video for a competition. 


It's a date: Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia Vision Entertainment join hands on new animated series, 'Tamr'

The new Arabic language television series will feature animated adventures with date fruits. Shutterstock
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It's a date: Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia Vision Entertainment join hands on new animated series, 'Tamr'

  • The animated television series highlights the rich culture and historic treasures of the Kingdom and beyond
  • The project is currently in pilot production, while series production is slated to begin in 2020

DUBAI; Film and entertainment company Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia-based Vision Entertainment have announced a new joint creative partnership to produce an animated television series that highlights the rich culture and historic treasures of the Kingdom and beyond.

Aptly entitled “Tamr,” the new Arabic language television series will feature animated adventures with the traditional Arabic fruit, dates. 

In an official press statement, Princess Sarah bint Faisal bin Bandar Al-Saud, executive producer and co-founder of the company specializing in producing localized content, said: “We set out to create iconic characters that are rooted in our traditions and culture.

“The palm is such a big part of our history and heritage and the date is a ubiquitous staple in our homes, so we decided to bring the world of dates to life in a fun animated series for the whole family. We are creating this series to embody our rich heritage and culture and hope audiences of all ages across the region will relate to its authentic, homegrown story.”

The project is currently in pilot production, while series production is slated to begin in 2020.