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What to Expect in the 43rd Edition of Cairo International Film Festival!

Mariam Youssef - Nov 2021

The Cairo International Film Festival revealed the names of the first international shows that it will present within the activities of the 43rd edition, which will start from November 26 to December 5.

The number of these films reached 11 feature films divided between 9 world premieres and two international premieres. The festival also presents 22 world premieres short films whose details will be announced later.

The 11 feature films varied between fiction and documentaries of different nationalities and film ideologies that are classified as follows: 4 films within the international competition, 5 films within the Arab Cinema Horizons competition, one film within special screenings, and another within the international panorama.

Besides his work as a writer and producer, Mohamed Hefzy has been entrusted by the Minister of Culture with the responsibility of being the head of the Cairo International Film Festival for its 40th edition, making him the youngest head in the history of the festival. Omar Kassem is the Festival Executive Director. He is a professional media creator who worked as a strategic consultant for advertising campaigns at Tarek Nour Company, DDB International, and as an Executive Creative Director at Bates Company.


Every year, the CIFF is keen on presenting some awards to the best in every field in cinema. Let’s have a look at some of the awards presented at this festival:

Official Film Sections Awards:

The Golden Pyramid Award for Best Film, presented to the producer.

The Silver Pyramid, Special Jury Award, for Best Director.

The Bronze Pyramid Award for Best First or Second Work, presented to the director.

Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Screenplay.

Best Actor Award.

Best Actress Award.

Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution.


Faten Hamama Award:

Excellence Award to outstanding film figures for their great contribution to enriching the cinematographic art. This year, Karim Abdel Aziz will be receiving this award.

The Cairo International Film Festival will present a special tribute to the multi-skilled Egyptian actress, Nelly, who has been selected to receive the 43rd Golden Pyramid of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here is a list of the films in the International Competition:


Ghodwa (Tomorrow)

Directed by: Dhafer El Abidine

Country: Tunisia

Show: World Premiere


Daughters of Abdul Rahman

Directed by: Zaid Abu Hamdan

Country: Jordan

Show: World Premiere


Seven dogs

Directed by: Rodrigo Guerrero

Country: Argentina

Show: World Premiere



Directed by: Nana Newl

Country: Germany, Italy, Greece

Show: First International

A List of the films in the Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition:



Directed by: Hind Al-Fahad, Jawaher Al-Amri, Nour Al-Amir, Fatima Al-Banawi, Sarah Misfir

Country: Saudi Arabia

Show: World Premiere


If the Walls Collapsed

Directed by: Hakim Belabbas

Country: Morocco

Show: World Premiere


From Cairo

Directed by: Hala Galal

Country: Egypt

Show: World Premiere


Diary of Gabriel Street

Directed by: Rashid Masharawi

Country: Palestine

Show: World Premiere



Directed by: Anis Al Aswad

Country: Tunisia

Show: World Premiere


In addition to:


 A Flock of Dheep

Directed by: Dimitris Kanelopoulos

Country: Greece, Albania, Serbia

Show: first international

Section: International Panorama


Nile Crocodile

Directed by: Nabil El Shazly

Country: Egypt

Show: World Premiere

Section: Specials


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