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The 5th Edition of El Gouna Film Festival Goes in THREE Days! Here’s What You Need to Know About GFF

Mariam Youssef - Oct 2021

El Gouna Film Festival was created by the Engineer Naguib Sawiris together with actress and producer Bushra Rozza in 2017. The 5th edition of GFF is about to take place from October 14th until October 22nd. In light of this spectacular event that witnesses an abundance of great movies and special appearances of many superstars, here’s what you need to know about this great event.

International Advisory Board

The Advisory Board aims to add value by coming up with new thinking, improving the festival and its management. This year’s International Advisory Board includes Youssra, Hends Sabry, the director Yousry Nasrallah, the American actor Forest Whitaker, and the Palestinian actress, writer, and filmmaker, Hiam Abbas among many other eminent leaders in the industry.

Youssra’s Clash with the Director of GFF

Even though Youssra’s career has inspired generations and made a huge impact on the Egyptian cinema, Intishal Al Tamimi, the Iraqi director of El Gouna Film Festival has announced that the actress cannot be recognized as she is a member of the International Advisory Board. This announcement made Youssra furious and compelled her to write a post on her personal Facebook page, attacking Al Tamimi’s announcement. She said that it is kind of bizarre to announce the people who cannot be recognized! She also added that her Tunisian fellow star, Hend Sabry, has won an award even though she is a member of the Advisory Board. She wrapped up by saying that this is not the first time she’s faced a negative situation and that she utterly and totally refuses such announcements.


Awards and Sections

The festival’s program includes three main competitions (Feature Narrative Competition, Feature Documentary Competition and Short Film Competition). It also features the Official Selection out of Competition and Special Presentations.

awards and selection

GFF offers awards that are worth more than $224.000, in addition to trophies to the winners of the three competitive sections. The Special Presentations section showcases iconic old films that continue to be admired by audiences. The Humanity Audience Award is offered to Feature-length films across all competitions. However, films that raise environmental awareness will be eligible for the festival’s Environmental Sustainability Award. The guest film in post-production is “Under the Fig Trees” by the Tunisian Erige Sehiri.

El Gouna Film Festival 2021 is honored to grant its Creative Achievement Award to the Egyptian superstar, Ahmed El Saka, to recognize his extraordinary career and astounding contribution to the filmmaking industry during the past two decades.

ahmed elsaka

How Many Films Have Participated in GFF?

GFF 2021 has 75 films submitted from all over the world, including 16 Arab films. The GFF’s films are from Tunisia, Jordan, The Netherlands, France, Russia, Hungary, and China among many other countries. This year’s edition intends to showcase a wide range of thought-provoking films from the Middle East and North Africa. Proudly, Egypt has confirmed seven submissions in the 5th Edition of GFF. These movies are Feathers, Amira, Captains of Za’atari, Back Home, Khadiga, Cai-Ber, and Full Moon, which has been chosen as “Official Selection out of Competition.”

Who Will Attend This Year’s GFF?

El Gouna Festival revealed the names of the superstars who were invited to attend the opening ceremony. On the top of the list, we have Youssra, member of the Advisory Board, Laila Elwi, Sumaya El Khashab, Ilham Shaheen, Hala Sedky, Tarek Lotfi, Mona Zaki, Nelly Karim, Anushka, Basma, Lebleba, Rogina, Ashraf Abdel Baqi, Reham Abdel Ghafour, Naglaa Badr, Sawsan Badr, Ahmed Dash, Ahmed Daoud, Maya Diab, Enas Al-Deghaidi, and Amir Al-Masry.

The list also includes Dalia Al-Beheri, Maryam Al-Khasht, Mahmoud Al-Laithi, Tara Emad, Ahmed Fahmy, Mohamed Farraj, Sabri Fawaz, Tharaa Jubail, Mohamed Hatem, Ali Qassem, Amina Khalil, Ahmed Magdy, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Sherif Mounir, Sayed Ragab, Hani Ramzy, Ahmed Rizk, Ola Rushdi, Ahmed Shaker, Basant Shawky, Hana Shiha, Aser Yassin, Nour, Raya Abi Rashid, Diamond Abboud, Basil Al-Khayyat, Huda Al-Etrebi, Yousra Al-Lawzi, Hoda Al-Mufti, Nahed Al-Sibai, Adam Al-Sharqawi, Ali Al-Tayeb, Omar El-Shennawy, and Mayan El-Sayed.

It seems like Yasmine Sabry, who used to grab attention with her dazzling looks, won’t be attending. Dina El-Sherbiny and Rania Youssef also will not be able to make it, even though they were always on the guest list for the past four seasons.

The superstar, Ahmed El-Sakka, is scheduled to arrive in El Gouna on Tuesday, October 12th, in preparation for being recognized to receive the Creative Achievement Award.

A Quick Glance at Some of Our Stars Looks in Previous Editions:


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