El Gouna Film Festival

'Beyond the Raging Sea' premieres at the El Gouna Film Festival to a sold out screening. The epic documentary made under the patronage of the UN Refugee Agency and directed by Marco Orsini combines a poignant humanitarian message with high adventure and explicitly aiims to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis....

In this year’s third edition of El Gouna Film Festiva's #CinemaforHumanity initiative IEFTA will hold a round tables, panels and mentorship for filmmakers and organizations to talk about innovative and creative approaches when filming humanitarian crises around the globe. ...

The IEFTA collaborated on the 2nd edition of El Gouna Film Festival (EGFF) whose goal lies in connecting filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa with their international counterparts. The mission of El Gouna Film Festival is to showcase a diverse selection of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience and to foster better communication between different cultures through the art of filmmaking. The spirit of the Festival is one of discovery; it strives to be a catalyst for the development of Cinema in the Arab World, particularly through its industry segment, CineGouna Platform. CineGouna SpringBoard CineGouna SpringBoard where invitees present projects in development or films in post-production to an audience of industry experts; producers, film festival directors, funding institutions, sales distributors, broadcasters etc. CineGouna Bridge The CineGouna Bridge focuses on masterclasses, workshops and panel sessions aimed at cultivating Arab cinema and encouraging dialogue and linking filmmakers from the Arab world and their international counterparts.The IEFTA had a presence within the Springboard audience, not only participating on this level but also meeting and forging crucial relationships with the filmmakers and their teams, discussing future plans of key projects in greater detail. The IEFTA’s participation at EGFF enabled us to connect with participants identified as contenders for our Global Film Expression initiative where successful candidates shall join us at industry workshops at the Festival de Cannes or CineMart, Rotterdam next year....

IEFTA Springboard at El Gouna Film Festival - CineGouna This September saw the 2nd edition of El Gouna Film Festival (EGFF) who's mission is to showcase a diverse selection of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience to foster better communication between different cultures through the art of filmmaking. The Festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of Cinema in the Arab World, particularly through it's CineGouna Platform. This year’s ‘Cinema for Humanity’ theme echoed EGFF’s humanitarian focus of last year. Refugee messaging in film was a topic deliberated during a panel discussion.  Omar Samra, protagonist of ‘Beyond the Raging Sea’ a feature length documentary (produced and realised in collaboration with the IEFTA) which highlights the desperate plight of refugees forced to cross dangerous bodies of water, gave his voice alongside that of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The IEFTA had a presence within the Springboard audience, not only participating on this level but also meeting and forging crucial relationships with the filmmakers and their teams, discussing future plans of key projects in greater detail. The IEFTA’s participation at EGFF enabled us to connect with participants identified as contenders for our Global Film Expression initiative where successful candidates shall join us at industry workshops at the Festival de Cannes, or at CineMart in Rotterdam next year. To find out more visit the El Gouna Film Festival GineGouna Platform.  ...