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El Gouna Film Festival ends 4th edition on high note

El Gouna Film Festival ends 4th edition on high note

The El Gouna Film Festival concluded itsfourth edition on Friday with a closing ceremony that was held at the Gouna Conference and Culture Center.

During the closing ceremony, the winning films, that collected the festival’s $224,000 worth prizes, were announced. Media presenter and actress Nardine Farag presented the event, and the exceptional Egyptian actor Khaled El Sawy was honoured and awarded a Career Achievement Award as part of the ceremony’s activities, according to a press release. 

El Sawy spoke of his happiness with the honour, especially as it comes from the El Gouna Film Festival which he considers one of the most important cinematic events in the entire Arab region. 

In addition, the Khaled Bichara Award for Independent Filmmakers in Egypt went to Hamlet from the Slums by Ahmed Fawzi-Saleh. The award will be awarded annually to support young Egyptian filmmakers, with an estimated value of $10,000.

As for the various official competition awards and their winners, they are:

Feature Narrative Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, certificate, and $50,000)

Quo vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanic

El Gouna Silver Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, certificate, and $25,000)

Bad Tales by Damiano D’Innocenzo and Fabio D’Innocenzo

El Gouna Bronze Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, certificate, and $15,000)

In Between Dying by Hilal Baydarov

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Narrative Film (Trophy, certificate, and $20,000)

The Man Who Sold His Skin by Kaouther Ben Hania

El Gouna Star for Best Actor (Trophy, certificate)

Ali Suliman, 200 Meters

El Gouna Star for Best Actress (Trophy, certificate)

Jasna Duricic, Quo vadis, Aida?

Special Jury Mention  

Oasis by Ivan Ikic

Feature Documentary Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, certificate, and $30,000)

Days of Cannibalism by Teboho Edkins

El Gouna Silver Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, certificate, and $15,000)

Softie by Sam Soko

El Gouna Bronze Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, certificate, and $7,500)

Truffle Hunters by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Documentary Film (Trophy, certificate, and $10,000)

Their Algeria by Lina Soualem

Short Film Competition

See Also

El Gouna Golden Star for Short Film (Trophy, certificate, and $15,000)

Being My Mom by Jasmine Trinca

El Gouna Silver Star for Short Film (Trophy, certificate, and $7,500)

Blue Frontier by Ivan Milosavljević

El Gouna Bronze Star for Short Film (Trophy, certificate, and $4,000)

Sër Bi by Moly Kane

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Short Film (Trophy, certificate, and $5,000)

I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face by Sameh Alaa

Cinema for Humanity Audience Award

The festival’s Audience Award for a film exemplifying humanitarian themes (Trophy, certificate, and $20,000)

200 Meters by Ameen Nayfeh

NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film

In Between Dying by Hilal Baydarov

FIPRESCI Award

200 Meters by Ameen Nayfeh

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