After a successful 5th edition, GFF’s CineGouna Platform wrapped up its program with a closing ceremony, which took place on October 21 at El Gouna Conference and Culture Center.
The closing ceremony began with a speech by Intishal Al-Timimi, Festival Director, where he praised all the participating film projects; also he thanked the team of GFF for their efforts and all the sponsors for their full support to art and creativity.
Meanwhile, GFF Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Bushra Rozza, began by thanking the team behind CineGouna, mentioning the
amount of effort that was translated into this success. She added that it has been a challenging year full
of doubts and hitches, but with everyone’s participation and patience it became possible and the festival was carried out under a very planned organization.
US Ambassador in Cairo Jonathan Cohen spoke about the vital role of cinema and filmmaking in connecting countries.
He thanked the festival management and everyone who made it possible in helping to connect Egyptian and American cultures.
He stressed on the support provided by the US Embassy to filmmakers in
Egypt by linking them with American directors.
As it wraps up, CGP presented two US $15,000 prizes to its best project in development and best film in post-production, while additional cash grants and awards were given from CGP’s sponsors and partners.
For its 5th edition, CineGouna Platform’s CineGouna SpringBoard had a selection of 13 projects in development (8 feature narratives and 5 feature documentaries)
and 6 films in post-production (2 feature narratives and 4 feature documentaries), in addition to one guest film in post-production.