Cairo International Film Festival opens for submissions

The Cairo International Film Festival is the longest-running cinematic event in the Arab world. (File/AFP)
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Updated 03 June 2020

Cairo International Film Festival opens for submissions

DUBAI: The Cairo International Film Festival announced this week that submissions are now open for its 42nd edition. The cinematic event is scheduled to be held from Nov. 19 to 28.

Filmmakers can submit their shorts, features and documentaries online through the festival’s website until Aug. 31. 

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We’re glad to announce that our very own Ahmed Shawky is officially appointed as the new Artistic Director for Cairo International Film Festival, succeeding the great film critic Youssef Cherif Rizkallah. Ahmed Shawky is promising to maintain the success of the previous editions, coping the the current situation and hoping it all ends before November 2020. ‎ يسعدنا الإعلان عن تولي الناقد أحمد شوقي رسمياً لمنصب المدير الفني لمهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي، وذلك خلفاً للناقد الكبير الراحل يوسف شريف رزق الله. ويعد شوقي بالحفاظ على نجاح الدورات السابقة، ومواكبة الظروف الجارية، على أمل انتهائها وعودة الحياة لطبيعتها قبل شهر نوفمبر 2020.

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Additionally, Egyptian writer and film critic Ahmed Shawky has been officially named as the festival’s new artistic director, succeeding the film critic Youssef Cherif Rizkallah. 

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s yet to be announced whether the annual festival will take place at the Cairo Opera House like it traditionally does or if it will be a digital-only event.

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed in an interview with Africa News this week that she would “love to” star in Arabic films.

“I just don’t speak the language,” said Chopra Jonas. “I think that I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere. I love my job and I would learn a new language if I have to.”

The 38-year-old producer, who has a couple of Hollywood flicks under her belt, said she is working on an unscripted series with her husband, the American singer and songwriter Nick Jonas.

“I am developing a show with my husband which is for Amazon. It is based on the Indian tradition of sangeet (a music-filled pre-marriage ceremony),” she said.


Felt like wearing a saree. So I did...At home. Miss everyone. @nickjonas

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She is also working on a new series for Amazon, produced by the Russo brothers, and a “buddy comedy” with actress Mindy Kaling.

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the former Miss World has been using her social media platforms over the past few months to raise awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.



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Chopra Jonas, who started her career 20 years ago, has hosted an Instagram session with doctors and experts from the World Health Organization who answered frequently asked questions about the virus.