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.