April 11, 2019
On Friday morning, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Mohab Mameesh, organized a cruise for guests of the Ismailia International Film Festival for short and documentary films.
The Admiral was keen to attend the opening ceremony of the twenty-first Ismailia Festival, which was held at Ismailia Culture Palace in the presence of the Minister of Culture Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, Ismailia Governor Major General Hamdi Osman, President of the National Center for Cinema Dr. Khalid Abdul Jalil, and the Festival’s Chairman Essam Zakaria.
The jury for documentary films headed by the Egyptian director Yusri Nasrallah included Chris Mcdonald from Canada, Salaf Fawakherji from Syria, Pedro Pimentella from Mozambique, and Cheryl Chang from China. The jury for short animated feature films headed by French director Marilyn Kanto included Catherine Miborg from South Africa, Mohamed Hammad from Egypt, Anastasia Dimitria from Greece, and Nawaf Al-Janahi from the UAE.
More than 1,500 films from 93 countries were screened, which were picked beforehand by the Festival’s Watch Committee. The festival seeks to present a film program with the most important and latest Arabic and international films, which will be presented for the first time in Egypt and the Arab region. This year the festival’s program featured a large number of films in the official competitions and parallel programmes, it also included a series of other events within the seminars and workshops.
The festival celebrates the year of “Egypt – Africa” on the occasion of the Egyptian presidency of the African Union, where a group of recent films representing the concerns and issues of the African continent. A number of African journalists and critics were invited to participate in the events of the festival and to shed light on contemporary issues, using a variety of topics, techniques and contemporary issues. The program for African documentary and short films was developed, alongside a program for French and Dutch cinema, an important seminar on marketing for short and documentary films, and a seminar on film criticism during the 1970s.