Gouna Film Festival first edition will kick off Friday evening, at El Gouna Resort-town, in Red Sea governorate.
The festival will kick off at 8:00PM (Cairo local time), and broadcasted by Twitter directly through the website.
Twitter will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival through the El Gouna Festival (@ElGounaFilm) account on Twitter and on Periscope application.
The viewer will be able to witness photos and videos of the festival with exclusive follow-up via Twitter Moments, which present stories showcasing the very best of what’s happening on Twitter.
It is expected for three prominent figures, on the Egyptian, Arab and international levels, to receive the creative achievement award during the ceremony, including Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker in recognition for his outstanding career and for his exquisite role in supporting human rights، legendary actor Adel Imam in recognition for his outstanding career, and Ibrahim AlAris for his contributions to film criticism.
It is scheduled for actors Ahmed Fahmy, Akram Hosny to present a comedy scene at the festival during the festival’s opening ceremony, while actress and TV anchor Nardin Faraj will present the entire event.
The opening ceremony will be followed by the screening of the film "Sheikh Jackson" co-starring Ahmed Al-Fishawi, Majid Al-Kadwani, Ahmed Malik, Dorra Zarrouk, Amina Khalil and directed by Amr Salama.
The movie’s plot goes back in 2009 when Michael Jackson died، there was a sheikh who people called Jackson. Sheikh Jackson was shocked more than everyone else when he heard about the death of Michael Jackson. But what does the king of American music and a Sheikh in Egypt have in common? More importantly، will he be able to resume his life normally or will he be trapped in the question whether he is Jackson، a Sheikh or both of them combined?
A number of prominent film industry figures are scheduled to attend the festival، including Asser Yassin, Farouk Al-Fishawy, Amr Youssef, Hana Sheha, Hend Sabry, Khaled El Nabawy, and other prominent figures.
Meanwhile, Egyptian TV presenter Bosy Shalaby has taken to facebook to post a serial of photos of the celebrities who arrived Friday at the Resort town to participate in the festival, including Naglaa Badr, Lebleba, Ezzat El Alaili ,Mais Hamdan, Nahed El Sebai, and others.
It is scheduled for the festival to premier Félicité - Silver Bear winner of 'Berlinale 2017' - for the first time in the MENA region during the festival, according to el gouna film festival twitter account.
It will also feature the 90-minute feature film "Manifesto", "Soufra" and will premiere "The Other Side of Hope" winner of Berlinale 2017, and the Palme d'Or winner of 2017 at Cannes Film Festival, “The Square”.
The festival selected 12 films in development and 4 films in post-production from more than 8 Arab countries for CineGouna Springboard workshops.
The festival Jury will be chaired by executive producer on the Oscar-winner Birdman, Sarah Johnson، Which includes، Mark Adam, Lulays Salim, David Darcy, and Egyptian director Osama Fawzi.
The festival will conclude on September 29.
Noteworthy, El Gouna Film Festival was established to underscore the role film plays in promoting cultural interaction, fostering an awareness of different cinematic voices through encouraging dialogue and by building bridges of creative intellect, according to el gouna film festival website.
The goal is to generate opportunities for development and support for all contemporary forms of creative expressions in the MENA region, especially between young generations from the Arab world and their international counterparts.
The festival will present a selection of the newest films from around the globe and host established and emerging filmmakers.
The program will include three competitive sections (Feature Narrative Competition، Feature Documentary Competition، and Short Films Competition) an Official selection out of competition and a section devoted to special programs. The festival will give special attention to films with humanitarian content.
In parallel to the screenings، the festival will organize the “CineGouna platform”، which is a creative and business hub designed to support Egyptian and Arab talents where a wide range of meetings will be organized between Arab and international directors, producers, and distributors with the aim of enhancing business opportunities for the Arab cinema.
In addition, the event will present round-tables, workshops, panels, and masterclasses.