Project Representatives Meet up with the English Producer Paul Webster
Cairo Film Connection Reveals Details on the Awards for 2015
Cairo Film Connection (CFC) has revealed the list of prizes for its new edition within 37th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (11 - 20 November). The programme has also unveiled the film projects and names of cinema industry figures who will attend the CFC course for 3 days during the CIFF.
CFC jury includes Paul Baboudjian, director of Screen Institute Beirut, Catherine Buresi who has been working in the media and film industry for almost 20 years in addition toIntishal Al Timimi, Director of the Arab Programing at SANAD Film Fund.
CFC offers $ 10.000 monetary prize in the name of the SANAD Abu Dhabi Film Fund, in addition to another prize from Aroma for a color grading package for one film project only. Mohamed Hefzy's production company, Film Clinic, along with The Producers of Hany Osama are offering a joint co-production prize.
CFC is hosting representatives of 12 projects in development and production phases to be part of the three-day course in Cairo to communicate with cinema industry delegates, local and international producers and distributors including:
- Roman Paul from the German Razor Films, producer of the Saudi film Wadjda and the Palestinian film Paradise Now, the film which was nominated for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film.
- Laetitia Gonzalez from Films Du Poisson, producer of the award-winning film (12 awards) Depuis Qu'Otar Est Parti (Since Otar Left) and The Tree, Voyages and Tournee the two times Cannes Film Festival awards winner.
On a later date, CFC will announce the full list of delegates participating in the connection's new edition. On the last day of CFC, there will be a special opportunity for project representatives to meet with English producer Paul Webster Head of CIFF Jury and the producer of The Motorcycle Diaries, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Atonement and Anna Karenina.
CFC is hosting filmmakers from all over the world, who have a project with an Arab connection (director, producer, co-producer, main talent, location, subject matter, etc.) Producers and directors are encouraged to apply with feature-length projects either at the development or post-production phase. Feature-length creative documentaries are also encouraged to apply.
The goal of the co-production platform is to act as a channel opening opportunities for talented filmmakers to meet and network with other entities that may be potential project partners. In addition, several cash prizes will be offered to help the projects throughout their development and completion.
CFC was held for the first time in 2010 during the 34th Cairo International Film Festival and proved its importance as a worthwhile experience to the participants. In 2012, CFC held its second edition hosting a higher number of successful meetings between filmmakers and industry delegates. Many of the filmmakers who were invited to attend the two previous editions of CFC completed their films, all notable works which achieved various successes in festivals all over the world. CFC will continue as a platform that empowers Arab filmmakers to take their projects to the widest audiences possible.