April 10, 2019
Dr Inas Abdel-Dayem, Minister of Culture, Major General Hamdy Othman, Governor of Ismailia, Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Dr. Khaled Abdel Galil, Advisor to the Minister of Culture and President of the National Cinema Center which organised the festival, and film critic Essam Zakaria, chairman of the festival, presented the events of Ismailia 21st International Documentary and Short Film Festival.
The opening was attended by a large number of critics, artists, filmmakers and those interested in the film industry, including director Yusri Nasrallah, Sulaf Fawakherji and the great star Samir Sabri, who presented the opening ceremony.
The city of Ismailia hosted the 21st edition of the Ismailia International Documentary and Short Film Festival from the 10th to the 16th of April with the participation of 81 films from around the world.
Ismailia 21st International Documentary and Short Film Festival carries the name of the late Egyptian director Atiyat Al-Abnoudi the Ambassador of Documentary cinema, head of the documentary film school of poetic realism, and to honor her role in enriching the Egyptian Film Library with more than 25 documentary films. Atiyat Al-Abnoudi was honored alongside the Egyptian cinematographer Said Shimi, Lebanese director Burhan Alawiya and the Congolese director of “Muzia Najangur” in recognition of his great cinematic contribution.
The opening ceremony included a song entitled “Message of Peace from the land of Fairouz” by Yahya Yaqoub, written by Ahmed Hassan Raul, composed by Karim Arafa, and distributed by Ayman El Tounsi. There was also an opera ballet show led by Dr. Magdy Saber.
The jury for Long and Short Documentary Films included the Egyptian director Yusri Nasrallah as chair of the judging committee, Chris McDonald of Canada, Pedro Pimenta of Mozambique, Cheryl Chang of China and Slav Fawakherji of Syria.
The jury for short feature films included Marlene Cantou of France, as chair of the judging committee, Catherine Miborg of South Africa, Anastasia Dimitria of Greece, Nawaf Al-Janahi of the UAE and Mohamed Hammad of Egypt.