U.S. grants $430,000 fund to restore Tunisian archaeological site

The United States granted Tunisia $430,000 dollars for the restoration of the Amphitheatre of El Jem, TAP reported Wednesday. This grant, initiated by the U.S. Embassy to Tunisia, was offered by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, in order to preserve the Amphitheatre of El Jem which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. “The Tunisian-American partnership in restoration and preservation will help to integrate urban archaeological wealth in the economic circuit through tourism,” TAP quoted Tunisian Minister of Culture Mohamed Zine El-Abidine as saying at the…

2019 JCC ends with three golden tanits for Tunisia

Tunisia has been awarded the Golden Tanit in the 2019 Carthage Film Festival (JCC), for the film “Noura’s Dream” directed by Hinde Boujemaa. It is the second consecutive year that Tunisia has been awarded the JCC’s Golden Tanit which went to Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud’s “Fatwa”.  Prize-winners of the official competition of this 30th edition of the JCC, named after late Nejib Ayed were announced Saturday evening at a ceremony held at the Opera Theatre in Tunis. The prizes were awarded by the juries of the official competition nominated by the…

SCREEN BUZZ ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF 9 PROJECTS FOR ITS TV SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Held as part of the Cairo Industry Days (November 21-26) for the second year in a row, Screen Buzz has announced the selection of nine projects for its TV Script Development Workshop, sponsored by Lagoonie Film Production. Screen Buzz will also present a master class during the events of Cairo Industry Days. The 4-day TV Script Development Workshop will focus on developing TV projects from the Arab world, giving an opportunity to the participating Arab screenwriters to learn from top Hollywood experts who achieved international success. The workshop will be…

‘THE IRISHMAN’ TO OPEN THE CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will open on the 20th November with a MENA premiere gala screening of Martin Scorsese’s eagerly-awaited ‘The Irishman’ starring Academy Award winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci at the prestigious Cairo Opera House. A passion project long in the making, Netflix’s ‘The Irishman’ is based on Charles Brandt’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses, and sees director Martin Scorsese reunited with Robert De Niro for their ninth collaboration. In addition to the gala premiere, there will be a second preview…

CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 27 WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) President Mohamed Hefzy announced that the 41st edition, opening in November, will host the world and international premiere of 20 feature and seven short films, making it the first in the history of the festival to boast so many. With the figure likely to increase before the opening, Hefzy added, this is an indication of the festival’s standing as an international platform for new voices in cinema. Hefzy reiterated his commitment to making progress in this department, activating CIFF’s role as a way for cinephiles in…

Third edition of Les Dunes Electroniques November 16-17

The third edition of Les Dunes Electroniques will be held on November 16-17 in the desert dunes of Ong Jmal in Nefta, Tunisian south where George Lucas’s film ‘Stars Wars’ was shot. The event includes entertainment, culture and tourism with house music on two stages against a backdrop of sand and traditional Tunisian homes. Since their launch in 2014, the “Dunes Electroniques” has always “benefited from the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts, without which it has never been possible to organise this event,” said French-Tunisian Patrick Ouergui,…

Ahmed Hafiene wins Best Actor Award in Malmo Arab Film Festival 2019

Tunisian actor Ahmed Hafiene has won, on Tuesday, the prize for best actor, at the closing ceremony of the 9th edition of the Malmo 2019 International Arab Film Festival (October 4-8, 2019). This award is the fourth trophy that honours Ahmed Hafiene’s performance for his role in Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud’s Tunisian film “Fatwa”. Ahmed Hafiene received the prize for best male performance at the 2018 Carthage Film Days, the 2019 Montreal Festival Vues d’Afrique and the second edition of the 2019 Tunisian Film Festival. In the short film category, Tunisia…

Cooperation agreement between Cairo Film Festival and the IREAD Initiative

The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) announces the signing of a cooperation protocol with iRead Writing Initiative, as part of its 41st edition, to be held from 20 to 29 November. The protocol was signed by Mohamed Hefzy, President of the CIFF, writer Cherine Rachid, head of the iRead Initiative. Angie Sabban, CEO of Victory Link, iRead’s partner, revealed that on the basis of this cooperation protocol, a competition will be launched under the name of iRead Awards and the names of the winners will be announced during a major…