El Gouna Film Festival

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The El Gouna Film Festival (GFF; Arabic: مهرجان الجونة السينمائي‎) is an annual film festival established in 2017, held in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, Egypt.[1] The inaugural festival started September 22, 2017. The psychological thriller Scary Mother, by Georgian first-time director Ana Urushadze, took the Golden Star, the festival’s top feature film competition prize.[2] Oscar-winning actor-director Forest Whitaker was feted with a lifetime achievement award.[3]

Awards[edit]

Feature Narrative Competition[edit]

  • El Gouna Gold Star for a Narrative Film

(Trophy, Certificate and USD 50,000)

  • El Gouna Silver Star for Narrative Film

(Trophy, Certificate and USD 25,000)

  • El Gouna Bronze Star Narrative Film

(Certificate, Trophy and USD 15,000)

  • El Gouna Star for Best Arab Narrative Film

(Trophy, Certificate and USD 20,000)

  • El Gouna Star for Best Actor

(Trophy and Certificate)

  • El Gouna Star for Best Actress

(Trophy and Certificate)

Feature Documentary Competition[edit]

  • El Gouna Gold Star for a Documentary Film

(Trophy, Certificate and USD 30,000)

  • El Gouna Silver Star for Documentary Film

(Trophy, Certificate and USD 15,000)

  • El Gouna Bronze Star Documentary Film

(Trophy, Certificate and USD 7,500)

  • El Gouna Star for Best Arab Documentary Film

(Trophy, Certificate and USD 10,000)

2017 Winners[edit]

Feature Narrative competition[edit]

Golden Star: Scary Mother, Ana Urushadze

Silver Star: The Insult, Ziad Dower

Bronze Star: Arrhythmia, Boris Khlebnikov

Golden Star for Best Arabic Feature Film: Photocopy, Tamer Ashry

Best Actress: Nadia Kounda, Volubilis

Best Actor: Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Zama[2]

Cinema For Humanity Audience Award: Soufra, Thomas Morgan

Documentary competition[edit]

Golden Star: I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck

Silver Star: Brimstone and Glory, Viktor Jakovleski

Bronze Star: Mrs Fang, Wang Bing

Golden Star For Best Arabic Documentary: I Have a Picture, Mohamed Zedan[4]

Short Film competition[edit]

Golden Star: Nightshade, Shady El-Hamus

Silver Star: Merry-Go-Round, Ruslan Bratov

Bronze Star: Mama Bobo, Robin Andelfinger and Ibrahima Seydi

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Short Film: Punchline, Christophe M. Saber[5]

2018 Winners[edit]

Feature Narrative competition[edit]

Golden Star: A Land Imagined, Yeo Siew Hua

Silver Star: Ray & Liz, Richard Billingham

Bronze Star: The Heiresses, Marcelo Martinessi

El Gouna Star for Best Arabic Narrative Film: Yomeddine, A.B. Shawky

Special Mention: The Man Who Surprised Everyone, Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov

Best Actress: Joanna Kulig, Cold War

Best Actor: Mohamed Dhrif, Dear Son

Cinema for Humanity Audience Award: Another Day Of Life; Raúl De La Fuente, Damian Nenow and Yomeddine, A.B. Shawky (joint winners)

Feature Documentary competition[edit]

Golden Star: Aquarela, Victor Kossakovsky

Silver Star: Of Fathers and Sons, Talal Derki

Bronze Star: The Swing, Cyril Aris

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Documentary Film: Of Fathers and Sons, Talal Derki

Short Film competition[edit]

Golden Star: Our Song To War, Juanita Onzaga

Silver Star: Judgement, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

Bronze Star: Sheikh’s Watermelons, Kaouther Ben Hania

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Short Film: EyeBrows, Tamer Ashry[6]

2019 Winners[edit]

Feature Narrative competition[edit]

Golden Star: You Will Die at Twenty, Amjad Abu Alala

Silver Star: Corpus Christi, Jan Komasa

Bronze Star: Adam, Maryam Touzani

El Gouna Star for Best Arabic Narrative Film: Papicha, Mounia Meddour

Best Actress: Hend Sabry, Noura’s Dream

Best Actor: Bartosz Bielenia, Corpus Christi

Cinema for Humanity Audience Award: Les Misérables, Ladj Ly

FIPRESCI Award: 1982, Oualid Mouaness

Feature Documentary competition[edit]

Golden Star: Talking About Trees, Suhaib Gasmelbari

Silver Star: 143 Sahara Street, Hassen Ferhani

Bronze Star: Kabul, City in the Wind, Aboozar Amini

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Documentary Film: Ibrahim: A Fate to Define, Lina Alabed

NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film: Kabul, City in the Wind, Aboozar Amini

Short Film competition[edit]

Golden Star: Exam, Sonia K. Haddad

Silver Star: Ome, Wassim Geagea

Bronze Star: Flesh, Camila Kater

El Gouna Star for Best Arab Short Film: Give Up the Ghost, Zain Duraie

Special Jury Mention: 16 December, Álvaro Gago Díaz[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Gouna Film Festival kicks off its first edition in Egypt". English.alarabiya.net. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Vivarelli, Nick (2017-09-29). "'Scary Mother' Takes Top Nod at Egypt's Inaugural El Gouna Fest". Variety.comy. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  3. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (13 September 2017). "Forest Whitaker to Be Feted by Egypt's New El Gouna Film Festival; Lineup Announced (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.com. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ "El-Gouna Film Festival reveals its awards  - Daily News Egypt". DAilynewsegypt.com. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  5. ^ "The First Edition of El Gouna Film Festival Concludes with Huge Aspirations For MENA and Worldwide Cinema". El Gouna Film Festival. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  6. ^ "El Gouna international film festival wraps". Euro News. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  7. ^ "3rd El Gouna Film Festivals announces the winners". Ahram Online. Retrieved 28 September 2019.

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