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. 


Everything you need to know about Saudi designer Tima Abid’s Paris Haute Couture debut

Tima Abid Spring 2020 Couture. (Instagram)
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Everything you need to know about Saudi designer Tima Abid’s Paris Haute Couture debut

  • Saudi couturiere Tima Abid presented her first-ever collection during Paris Haute Couture Week
  • The collection boasted a lineup of show-stopping couture gowns mostly dreamed up at the designer’s Jeddah atelier

DUBAI: On Jan. 23, Saudi couturiere Tima Abid presented her first-ever collection during Paris Haute Couture Week. The Jeddah-born designer, who founded her eponymous womenswear label 16-years-ago, debuted her glamorous Spring 2020 couture offering during a candle-lit dinner held at Paris’ the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V, in the presence of her private clients, which included the royal family and Syrian singer Assala Nasri.

The show was set against the soundtrack of Tunisian singer Omayma Taleb’s soothing vocals, who serenaded guests for the first few looks of the 50-piece offering, which was a year in the making.

The indelible collection boasted a lineup of show-stopping couture gowns mostly dreamed up at the designer’s Jeddah atelier.

Featuring luxe fabrics such as crepe and tulle, embellished with gold and silver embroidery, beads, molded sequins and plumes, Abid’s range of body-hugging eveningwear is a true testament to the ability and skills she and her petit mains are undoubtedly capable of.

Standout pieces included a metallic skirt that ropes up the shoulder like a braid, another skirt made entirely out of metallic sequins and red and blue feathers as well as a wedding dress with bejeweled silk panels. There was perfectly-executed tailoring aplenty in Abid’s Spring 2020 couture collection, as well as waist-cinching corsets and embellished bolero jackets.

Indeed, Abid may be a newcomer to the couture week schedule, but she’s already proving to be a force to be reckoned with.