The authorities of the Aswan Governorate in Upper Egypt announced their readiness to receive the fifth edition of the Women’s Film Festival, which bears the name of the historical governorate.
The festival’s performances and activities will start tomorrow and will last for six days, with the participation of a number of Egyptian, Arab and foreign stars and filmmakers.
Tourist circles welcomed the establishment of the fifth edition of the festival, and considered it an important factor for tourism revitalization, attracting more tourists to visit Aswan, and enjoying its archaeological sites, the Nile and its picturesque nature.
Head of the Egyptian Association for Archaeological and Tourism Development, Ayman Abu Zeid, said that such festivals contribute to promoting the country’s cultural tourism sector, calling on the relevant authorities to provide the necessary support to the Aswan Women’s Film Festival and the Luxor African Film Festival.
The management of the Aswan Festival had announced the details of its fifth edition, which includes 12 feature films and 14 short films, in addition to film screenings of workshops.
The festival also announced the names of the jury for its competitions for this year, as the Egyptian actress Safiya Al-Omari was chosen to chair the jury of the feature film competition, which includes Dutch director Angret Vitesma, Albanian director Lindita Zcchiari, and Romanian programmer Octavian Dancila.
Palestinian director Najwa Najjar was chosen to head the jury of the European Union Award for Best Euro-Mediterranean Film from among the films participating in the Feature Film Competition, and Tunisian actress Dora was chosen to head the jury for the Egyptian Film Award.
The festival management announced the honoring of a number of Egyptian, Arab and foreign artists and filmmakers this year, including French artist Masha Merrill, Palestinian director Najwa Najjar, Egyptian artists: Ilham Shaheen, Donia Samir Ghanem, and Egyptian director Sandra Nashaat.
The festival dedicates its fifth edition to the spirit of the late Tunisian director Moufida Tlatli.
• 12 feature films and 14 short films screened by the festival.
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