Chosen among 13 Films from Across 10 Countries
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim Receives a Film Completion Fund from the 3rd Committee of Aid aux Cinemas du Monde
Egyptian director Sherif El Bendary's film Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim has been selected by the 3rd committee of Aide aux CinÃ©mas du Monde 2015 (Aid to the World Cinema) for film completion fund. Granting financial support for the film to complete the last stages of the production phase, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim was chosen among 13 films from across 10 countries. Jointly created by the Ministry for Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Aide aux CinÃ©mas du Monde is managed by the Centre National du CinÃ©ma et de l'Image AnimÃ©e (CNC) and the Institute FranÃ§ais.
Commenting on this, director Sherif El Bendary stated, "Making my feature debut film, I am very pleased with this film project. Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim is a very original film that highlights the current events in the Egyptian streets. I'm extremely thrilled to see the film enjoying warm reception in the international market, receiving financial support from different international film funds. To date, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim is co-produced by several institutions and companies from five countries, namely; Egypt, Qatar, France, Germany and the UAE, which is quite assuring that we are on the right path."
Chaired by Abderrahmane Sissako, the 3rdcommittee (1-4 December 2015) selected the 13 winning films from an original list of 88 film submissions. Encompassing a number of film professionals, the committee chooses the projects based on their artistic quality, their ability to present different points of view and new ideas. All the film submissions must be a French co-production.
The film project had previously received three awards as part of the Final Cut in Venice workshop, namely; 10,000 Euros worth award presented by the Paris-based CNC foundation to be spent in post-production phase in France; 10,000 Euros provided by the French Knight works to be spent on the visual and special effects; in addition to 10,000 Euros provided by Titra TVS to be spent on the digital colors correction , DCP bar and providing film subtitles into French or English. The film also has been selected among 6 films competing at the Best Arab Film award provided by SANAD Fund.
Directed by Sherif El Bendary, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim is written by Ahmed Amer based on Ibrahim El Batout's story and is produced by Mohamed Hefzy's Fortress Film Clinic, Transit Films of Hossam Elouan and the French film production company Arizona Productions. To be distributed by MAD Solutions, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim introduces two acting prodigies; Ali Sobhy (Ein Shams 2009) and Ahmed Magdy
(Al Sayad 2014), who star along with Salwa Mohamed Aly and Nahed El Sebai.
Sherif El Bendary's directorial debut documentary, 6 Girls, was awarded Best Documentary at Student Film Festival - Goethe Institute 2006. The film has also screened at Dubai International Film Festival 2005. This was followed by his first short fiction, Sabah El Fol (Rise and Shine), which was officially selected in more than 75 film festivals in 33 countries.
El Bendary's second short film At Day's End (2008) was inspired by salient writer Ibrahim Aslan's novella. Sherif directed Curfew, a chapter that was part of the collective feature 18 Days, the film which was an official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2011. Sherif's latest film is the documentary Fil Tarik Le West El Balad and he is recently selected as a jury member at the Shorts and Animations Competition within the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts 2013.